Breast implant exchange is performed for ladies who have already had breast implants in the past and want a different size or feel that the way their breasts feel has changed. It is a safe procedure that takes about 1 hour and you can leave hospital the same day. Recovery takes about 2 to 3 days but full recovery takes about a week. As the skin and breast tissue can thin out over time in ladies who have had breasts implants in the past, Mr Uppal will carefully guide you through the best option for you. You will need advice on the size of the new implant and whether an uplift is also required. Ultimately we will try and give you the best results possible. Breast implant exchange can also help to match up breasts that are of a different size. There are no new scars with the procedure as the old scar is used for the exchange and the old scar is in fact removed.
During your initial consultation, your surgeon will evaluate your health and explain the surgical technique he feels will be best for you based on your breasts and skin tone. If your breasts are sagging, he may also advise an uplift procedure. Your initial consultation is also the time for you to discuss the results you are looking for, including the risks and the size of breast you are looking for. This is an issue you want to think through carefully as a very large augmentation won’t look natural and may cause rippling of the skin in the sides of the breast. It’s very important that you be totally frank with your surgeon about your expectations and the goals you want to achieve – and equally important that your surgeon be frank with you about your alternatives and the plusses and minuses of each. Mr Uppal will try and give you the best result possible as each person is different and he will plan the surgery to tailor make it just for you.
You should expect some discomfort during the first one or two days after your surgery , especially when you move around or cough. However you’ll be up and about within hours. Mr Uppal and the anaesthetic team will prescribe pain relief to lessen your discomfort. You’ll be most comfortable if you continue wearing a sports bra like the one you were fitted with after your surgery around the clock for the first two or three weeks as your bruising subsides. Surgical drains are usually not used but if so they are removed the same or next day. All your stitches are dissolvable they will not need removal either. Should a small amount of stitch be visible it may be cut short or simply left in place until it dissolves. Most ladies go home on the same day or some stay overnight in hospital. It is advisable to take a week off work to recover but there is no reason why you cannot go back to work sooner if you feel comfortable to do light duties such as in some offices. Full recovery takes about 2 weeks.