Do I Need An Implant Exchange?

Plastic Surgeon & Medical Spa Serving Newport Beach, Irvine, Santa Ana & Nearby Areas of Orange County, California

Posted: March 22, 2017

When performed by an experienced and skilled plastic surgeon, breast augmentation and implants can last for many years. However, there are a few instances in which an implant exchange may be necessary. In this blog post, Newport Beach breast augmentation surgeon Dr. Richard Lee discusses the reasons for an implant exchange.

Size Change

Although many women who undergo breast augmentation are very satisfied with their results, there are some who wish to exchange their implants for another size — whether it be larger or smaller. In any case, implants can be safely removed and replaced with an implant whose size the patient feels more comfortable, confident and satisfied with. If you are unhappy with your breast implant size and wish to go bigger or smaller, Dr. Lee will be happy to work with you to achieve your desired look.

Exchanging Saline for Silicone

Some patients choose to exchange their saline implants for silicone ones, which tend to have a more natural look and feel. Silicone implants are also less likely to cause rippling. If you are considering switching from saline to silicone implants, Dr. Lee can meet with you and discuss the appropriate treatment plan.

Implant Failure

Years of research have found that both saline and silicone implants are extremely safe and durable. But over time, the implant shell is susceptible to breaking down, increasing the risk of a leak or rupture. When this happens, the implants must be removed.

Implant leaks and ruptures are typically easier to detect with saline implants. When a saline implant ruptures, the breast becomes flatter almost immediately as the solution leaks out of the shell. If a silicone implant ruptures, the gel tends to stay in or around the breast pocket, allowing the breast to retain its shape. For this reason, women with silicone implants are encouraged to get MRIs or imaging tests regularly to check ruptures or leaks in their implants.

Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Richard Lee

To learn more about breast augmentation and implants, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Richard Lee. The experienced surgeon can go over the benefits and limitations of both saline and silicone implants and work with you to determine the best treatment and implant choice for you. Contact his Newport Beach office by calling (949) 548-9312.