Breast Implant Exchange or Revision

Enhance or modify your existing implants with the expertise of Dr. Tarak Patel.

About the procedure

The nice thing about breast augmentation is that it does not have to be a permanent decision.  Implant exchange to smaller or larger implants can be an easy procedure for patients with minimal postoperative pain or downtime. If you have decided you want a change in your breasts and implants visit Dr. Patel in Tacoma, WA or Puyallup, WA. He will customize an approach to ensure you achieve your goals.

Who is a candidate for a breast implant exchange?

If you are feeling your implants are not sitting right/looking right or they are too big or small breast implant revision surgery can get you to where you want them at your present stage in life. Also, if you have developed hard capsules (shells) over the the breast implants that is called capsular contracture you are a good candidate for a breast implant revision. If your breasts are sagging over the implants and you need a breast lift to re-balance your implants with your breasts this procedure is for you.

What else can you tell me about the procedure?

Breast implant exchange surgery is performed under general anesthesia and is outpatient surgery. The procedure time depends on what needs to be addressed and can be anywhere from 1-3hrs. Implants are changed to the new desired size, breast implant pockets are internally modified and a breast lift may need to be incorporated. Dr. Patel will discuss all these possibilities during your consultation and help you formulate a customized plan.

What can you tell me about aftercare?

Patients experience mild to moderate pain with implant exchange and revision. and can resume most normal activities within 1-2wks.  Exercise limitations are gradually removed over 4 to 6 weeks after surgery. Dr. Patel will have you wear a compression bra after the implant revision.  A soft, supportive sports bra provides the best compression after surgery.  After a couple of weeks, patients can transition to the bra of their choosing.