Breast Implant Exchange

Breast Augmentation Salt Lake City
Are you looking to switch from saline to silicone? Has it been longer than 10 years since your original implant was placed? Dr. Schmelzer routinely performs breast implant exchanges in order to:

  • Switch from saline to silicone
  • Change size
  • Get pre-pregnancy breasts back
  • Change the feel of your implants
  • Correct asymmetry
  • Correct deformities
  • Etc.

Implant Options

There are two types of implants available for breast implant exchange: saline or silicone. Most patients prefer silicone implants because they provide a more natural result. However, Dr. Schmelzer routinely uses both types of implants at his practice.

Saline
– Size can be adjusted after implant placement because they are filled once inside the breast
– Can sometimes feel firm, but placement behind the chest muscle improves this.

Silicone
– Feel more similar to a natural breast
– Less prone to rupture

 

Breast Implant Exchange Procedure Process

The entire process takes about an hour or less.  After general anesthesia is administered, Dr. Schmelzer will make inconspicuous incisions for the exchange of the breast implants either at the same location as the previous implants or at different locations depending on your specific goals and additional requirements.  The original implant is carefully removed and the new one is placed in the same pocket as the old.

Breast Augmentation Recovery and Results

Patients who increase their bust size by one or more cup sizes will notice results immediately following surgery. Discomfort and pain will be present for at least the first 24 hours, but Dr. Schmelzer will prescribe pain medication to increase your comfort. Swelling from the procedure can last for several weeks, but many patients return comfortably to work within five to seven days. Patients should avoid strenuous physical activity for three to four weeks.

Breast Implant Exchange Potential Complications

As with any surgery, there are some risks associated with breast implant exchange surgery. These include but are not limited to:

  • Capsular contracture
  • Infection
  • Implant wrinkling or rippling
  • Implant rupture

Breast Implant Exchange Consultation

Dr. Schmelzer is dedicated to achieving the results his patients desire in the safest way possible. During a consultation, he will review all options, risks, and procedure steps in detail to ensure you feel completely comfortable with the process.

Dr. Schmelzer often performs other procedures in conjunction with breast implant exchange, such as liposuction or tummy tuck surgery, to provide an overall aesthetic improvement.

If you are interested in breast implant revision/exchange procedures, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Schmelzer by calling (801) 743-0700. If you prefer, we also have an online contact form available to fill out. We look forward to hearing from you!