Every year, more than 300,000 women undergo breast augmentation surgery to enhance the size of their breasts. If you love your breast implants but want to change their size, you may consider breast implant exchange surgery.
Also known as breast revision surgery, implant exchange is a popular procedure for women who are unhappy with their augmentation results or change their aesthetic preferences over time. Breast revision surgery makes it possible to adjust your appearance to achieve the natural results you desire.
When to Consider Breast Implant Exchange
Breast implant exchange is ideal for women who feel their implants are too big for their bodies. An experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Mosiello can help you revise the size of your implants without sacrificing shape and quality.
You may consider breast implant exchange if you find yourself:
- Wishing your breasts looked smaller
- Feeling dissatisfied with your implants, even after the six-month “adjustment” period
- Desiring smaller breasts to match your weight loss or other physical changes
- Worrying about rupture or migration of your large implants
What Are the Steps of Breast Implant Exchange?
Breast implant exchange surgery is not a routine procedure, so it will be tailored to your specific goals, desires, and current implants. You’ll work carefully with Dr. Mosiello to plan the size, profile, and material of your new implants. You will discuss your expectations and the factors that will impact your results. If your original breast augmentation occurred many years ago, you will have many additional choices to consider!
The procedure is done at the outpatient surgery center where general anesthesia is administered. Dr. Mosiello creates an incision to remove your old implants and insert your new implants. In most cases, this process is very similar to standard breast augmentation. One difference is that some women will require drains for a short time to help prevent any accumulation of fluid around the implant.
How Long Is Recovery Following Breast Implant Exchange Procedure?
Dr. Mosiello will provide specific recovery instructions after your breast implant exchange. These instructions include how to care for your surgical site, which medications to take, and when to schedule follow-up appointments.
Your recovery process will mirror your experience during your original breast augmentation. Patients will be instructed to:
- Clean the surgical incision site
- Apply topical treatments
- Care for the drains placed under the skin
Swelling and pain at the incision site will diminish after a few weeks. It’s important to avoid heavy lifting and vigorous exercise until Dr. Mosiello confirms you have healed enough for normal activities.
For more information about breast implant exchange surgery or to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Mosiello, contact Tampa Palms Plastic Surgery at (813) 343-0787. Our Tampa Palms plastic surgery office is conveniently located in New Tampa near Wesley Chapel.