How do I know if I am a candidate for breast implant exchange?
Patients are usually candidates for breast implant exchange if they have:
- Breast Implant Leaks: The original silicone implant may have ruptured or might be leaking. The original saline implant may have leaked and is now deflated.
- Change the breast implant type: Some women choose to switch from saline filled to silicone filled breast implants or vice versa. This is often done after evaluating the pros and cons of each type. In some women with saline filled breast implants and thin breast tissue may have visible rippling. This is less prevalent with silicone filled implants. That would be one possible reason for an exchange.
- New generation breast implant options available in the market: Older silicone filled breast implants from the 1980’s and early 1990’s are often replaced with newer products. (while the older version had thinner walls and was more prone to leaking, the new versions like the Gummy Bear Breast Implants are more resistant and do not leak).
- Change in breast implant size: Some women find that over time their needs may have changed. Or the body may have changed due to weight changes or pregnancy. This can mean that a larger or smaller size breast implant might be desired.
- Capsular Contraction (scar tissue): One of the complications that may arise from breast augmentation with implants is excess scar tissue formation around the implants. Sometimes the scar tissue can cause the breast and breast implant to feel hard or tight. It might even cause the implant to rupture. Capsular formation around the breast implant is one reason women elect to replace their implants is to remove that excess scar tissue.
- Change in breast implant shape and position: Some women elect to have a new implant inserted in order to change the position or the shape. The new gummy bear breast implants come with the option of tear drop shape that could give the augmented breast a more natural shape in the upper pole and cleavage area.