Breast implants have gained significant popularity in Nashville, and all of the United States, as a safe way to enhance your appearance and confidence. Breast implants will never be considered lifetime devices, so you will likely require implant exchange as a secondary procedure. At that time, you may want a different volume, profile, or type of implant.
Plastic Surgery Affiliates offers safe breast implant replacement/exchange surgery in Nashville. Entrust our experienced breast surgeon, Dr. Olivia MaDan, to help you achieve your desired breast exchange goals.
How Often Should I Get My Breast Implants Replaced?
Breast implant revision involves removing or replacing your original implants to alter their size or type. During the revision surgery, additional changes (due to aging, gravity, implant complications) can be addressed and corrected at the same time as placement of new implants.
Both silicone and saline implants are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and should last 10 years. This is why most people in Nashville may undergo multiple breast implant replacement surgeries in their lifetime.
Implant exchange is recommended after 10 years. Depending on your body’s physiologic changes with gravity and aging, you may want to undergo implant exchange before 10 years. Your surgeon should aide your implant selection and recommend additional options to help you achieve your breast goals.
Types of Breast Implants to Consider
There are two main types of breast implants to consider.
Silicone breast implants offer a softer, more natural feel. The implant consists of a sturdy silicone shell filled with a cohesive silicone gel. Due to the cohesivity of the gel, silicone implants often have less rippling/wrinkling and feel more like natural breast tissue.
Saline implants offer easy rupture/leak detection. The implant consists of a silicone shell filled with sterile saline. A structured saline implant consists of multiple shell chambers filled with sterile saline. The chambers provide a framework for the saline, making it feel softer and more similar to silicone. Saline implant rupture or leak is easily detectable. The saline within the implant is absorbed by the body and the breast quickly appears smaller or deflated.
Do I Need to Replace My Breast Implants?
Although breast implants may last for years, they will never be considered lifetime devices and will require replacement, Dr. MaDan will help you maintain and achieve your ideal figure through breast implant exchange with or without revision.
You can opt for breast implant replacement in case of complications like capsular contracture or calcification, malposition, or changes in personal preferences. You may decide to undergo implant revision surgery in Nashville if you experience the following:
- Silicone implant rupture
- Breast asymmetry
- Saline implant deflation or leak
- Abnormal implant shape
- Pain and discomfort
- Implant appearing too high or low
Dr. MaDan may perform implant revision surgery to correct breast implant complications from previous surgical procedures. You must adhere to proper implant care after surgery and follow post-op care guidelines to ensure excellent results and maximize the life of your implants.
What To Ask During Your Initial Breast Implant Replacement Consultation
If you are nervous about your breast implant replacement surgery, Dr. MaDan is ready to answer all your questions. There are various topics to discuss during your appointment. Below are some example questions to ask your surgeon.
Are You a Professional Surgeon?
You want to work with a professional and should engage the right expertise. Many people choose Plastic Surgery Affiliates for our qualified and highly trained plastic surgeon, Dr. Olivia MaDan. Dr. MaDan specializes in breast and breast revision surgeries. She can offer excellent results to anyone seeking breast implant revision in the Nashville region.
What Are My Implant Options?
Discuss implant types, sizes, materials, incision locations, and surgery results. Get to know the right implant for you and any resulting implications. Depending on your desired outcome, Dr. MaDan may utilize a 3D model to simulate your possible results.
How Should I Prepare for Breast Implant Revision?
While preparing for breast implant replacement in Nashville, there are many things you may do to help ensure your procedure is successful. These may include medical evaluation and implant imaging, such as mammogram, ultrasound, or magnetic resonance imaging.
You should also quit smoking and stop taking certain medications. Avoid aspirin, anti-inflammatory medicines, and herbal supplements, as they may increase your risk of severe bleeding.
For most cases, Dr. MaDan will perform your surgery at a hospital surgery center. The large majority of procedures are performed on an outpatient basis under anesthesia. In such a case, arrange for someone to drive you home and care for you after your operation.
What Is the Estimated Recovery Period and What Are the Side Effects?
You may expect to return to your regular routine after a week or two, though you must avoid strenuous activities post-surgery. Like other surgeries, you may experience a few side effects, but they typically disappear within a few days. You can expect bruising and swelling, which should subside within a few weeks.
Schedule Your Breast Implant Exchange Surgery in Nashville
Is it time to have your breast implants replaced? Schedule a consultation with Plastic Surgery Affiliates, and discuss your implant replacement options.
Dr. MaDan can explain how breast implant replacement in Nashville could transform your appearance and answer any questions you may have about the procedure. Call now.