Breast augmentation with saline or silicone breast implants is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures. Many Beverly Hills women who have either had breast implants or are contemplating breast augmentation wonder if they need to have their breast implants replaced or exchanged in the future. Saline or silicone breast implants are not lifetime devices. There may be specific reasons why Los Angeles women wish to, or even need to have their breast implants replaced. Therefore, there are many important issues to consider before proceeding with breast augmentation.
Get your facts straight before getting breast implants!
Although breast implants don’t last forever, they don’t have to be automatically replaced every so many years. Saline and Silicone breast implants should be replaced only if they deflate, leak, or create a specific problem. Fortunately, Mentor and Allergan Breast Implant Manufacturers offer a lifetime warranty on their implants, and pay a portion of your replacement cost, during the first 10 years after breast augmentation. There are many national statistics about the incidence of breast implant deflation. In general, the rate of breast implant deflation is 1% per year. When saline implants deflate they just go flat, which alerts the person. To the contrary, when silicone implants deflate or leak there is usually no noticeable change. Therefore, in order to monitor silicone breast implants for deflation the FDA recommends yearly evaluation with MRI.
While this is unusual, it is possible to experience a bleeding episode following surgery. If this occurs, emergency treatment to drain
Other than breast implant deflation there are other reasons for wanting to exchange or remove breast implants. The second most common reason for breast implant exchange in Los Angeles is simply to go bigger. Initially, most “flat-chested” women ask for implants that are just a bit bigger- “may be to go from an A cup to a B”. After breast augmentation, most women regret not having gone bigger.
There are more serious reasons for exchanging breast implants:
3. Changing breast shape and projection: women can increase the degree of their cleavage by going bigger! Larger breasts implants have a wider diameter, thus creating more cleavage. They also fill the upper pole of the breast better for those who are fairly flat on the top. High Profile Implants can change the look of the breasts from a more subtle to a perkier look.
4. Changing breast implant feel: Saline and silicone breast implants feel different. While saline breast implants feel slightly firmer, silicone breast implants feel softer. On the other hand silicone implants are heavier and hang more than saline breast implants.
5. Breast Sagging: breasts sag after childbirth, breast feeding, and with age or with weight loss. Those who choose a breast lift, or mastopexy, often decide to exchange their breast implants for a newer model, or different shape or size.
It is advised that you regularly visit your plastic surgeon to assess the condition of your breast implants. Your surgeon may advise you to replace any implant that has deflated, is leaking or whose shell shows signs of fracture or other weakness. It may be appropriate to replace only the implant that is not functioning properly. However, you may take the opportunity or be advised to consider a change in breast size or shape to maintain balanced proportions between the breast and body.
The decision to undergo breast augmentation revision or breast implant exchange is a complex one. There are many important factors to be considered depending on your breast size, shape, and your overall figure. Dr. Younai is Board Certified Plastic Surgeon with many years of experience and expertise in the field of breast enhancement surgery. Dr. Sean Younai receives patients at the California Center for Plastic Surgery from the Northern as well as the Southern California region for procedures such as breast augmentation revision, capsulectomy, breast implant removal or exchange, breast lift, breast reconstruction, and correction of complex breast deformities.
During your consultation Dr. Younai will try to answer all your questions and will review your treatment options for breast augmentation revision, including pros and cons of each techniques, potential risks and complications, recovery course, pre and post operative instructions, and esthetic outcomes. You will also have an opportunity to “try on” different types of saline or silicone breast implants. There are also many before-and-after pictures and high resolution images of breast augmentation and breast implant exchange available in our photo gallery.
Our center also includes the Regency Surgery Center which is a state-of-the-art outpatient surgery facility certified by Medicare and accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) and the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc., (AAAASF).
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