A change of breast prostheses can also represent an opportunity to address bad results.
It is becoming increasingly common to see patients who have been treated by surgeons without official qualifications in plastic, aesthetic and reconstructive surgery, making it more likely that the results of surgery will be poor and patients unsatisfied.
Other patients have been operated on with techniques or old prostheses with which it is not possible to achieve current standards of beauty.
The passage of time and physical activity influence the aging of breast implants (as does the movement of the same, in some cases), producing a poor outcome from an aesthetic perspective.
Simple or complicated surgical procedures
It is always more difficult to correct a breast that has already been operated on than one that is being operated on for the firs time. Oftem we do not have information on the first surgical procedure and we encounter unwanted internal or external scarring.
Whatever the starting point, at the Instituto Pérez de la Romana we put all of our tools and expertise at your disposal to get the results you have always wanted.
High satisfaction following a second surgical procedure
This is a surgical procedure that gives rise to great satisfaction among patients, given that they are very concerned by the problem they present and believe that there is no solution to this problem.
98% of our patients have said that they are satisfied with the surgery we provide.
Replacement of breast prostheses
Many patients come to us to have breast implants replaced. The most common reasons for breast implant replacements are:
- A rupture in the silicone implant.
The age of the implant can manifest itself as a rupture or as creases. In both cases the implant must be replaced, but when there is a rupture the procedure involved is more complex and a capsulectomy (a procedure whereby the existing silicon and the capsule that envelopes the prosthesis are removed) must be carried out.
- A result that is unsatisfactory in terms of volume, i.e. the patient wants more or less volume, or if the prosthesis is not the desired shape. This procedure tends to be more simple and consists of simply changing implants for other implants that are more suitable.
- Capsular contracture (encapsulation): If the patient experiences pain or a change in shape years after the first surgery. The treatment consists of eliminating the internal capsule that causes the discomfort and the replacement of the prosthesis with new ones.
- A sagging of the skin: With aging and gravity, the skin sags and the breast falls, resulting in a need for breast lift. In this case it will be necessary to remove the skin and the sagging gland and place a new prosthesis in the submuscular space (mastopexy with new prostheses).
- Movement of the prosthesis: If the prosthesis has been moved due to accidental causes or as a result of the poor design of the prosthetic pocket in the original surgery, or as a result of significant weight loss. In these cases, the implants may be very close together or very far apart, or one higher or lower than the other. These cases always require surgery with a change of prosthesis and the symmetrisation of the same.
- The lipofilling or lipotransference of own fat in the breasts is a very suitable technique for most of the complications that we have mentioned. Sometimes, it is performed on its own, while at other times it is performed to improve the shape of the implants.
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Apart from a rupture in the implants, why else should I change my implants?
Although ruptures are very rare, they are the most important reason for changing prostheses. We also recommend you change the encapsulation of the prosthesis: you will notice that it has hardened the breast and it can sometimes cause discomfort. In general, this occurs when the prosthesis has shifted from its original position.
How long after replacing my prosthesis can I return to work?
Exactly the same as the first time: a week if the job is a soft job, or two weeks if the job requires more mobility in the arms.
Can I change the prostheses because I simply want them bigger?
Of course, this is one of the most frequent reasons given for changing prostheses: to achieve greater volume as long as their tissue allows it.