Breast implant replacement, also known as breast re-augmentation, involves removing and replacing breast implants to improve their appearance. Breast augmentation is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures performed in the UK. Although most breast implants last more than 10 years, various signs may indicate the need to replace them. But how do you know that you may need a breast implant replacement? Read on to understand the different signs you should watch out for.
5 Signs You May Need a Breast Implant Replacement
1. You are unhappy with the size and appearance of your breasts
Some patients who undergo a breast implant replacement are simply unhappy with the look or feel of their breast implants. Since most breast implants last for more than 10 years, what you wanted then may not be the preference 10 years later. This calls for the need to undergo the procedure to improve your breast appearance and confidence.
2. Your breast implants are causing pain and discomfort
Pain and discomfort associated with breast implants may be a sign of breast implant illness. In addition, the pain may be caused by various other factors, such as damaged lymph nodes, which could result in many other health problems. In any case, if you’re experiencing pain and discomfort, you should contact your surgeon or speak to your GP immediately. You may require consultation with your doctor and breast screening for further analysis.
3. Your breast implant is moving and creating a gap between the breasts
Although it is normal for breast implants to settle in a different position over time, it is not normal for them to move in different directions on the chest wall. The abnormal movement is often caused by factors such as the removal of too much tissue near the breast bone resulting in the detachment of the muscle between the breasts.
4. Your breast implants are bottoming out
“Bottoming out” means that the skin and tissue are unable to hold the implants adequately. As a result, the implants fall below the breast line, giving the breasts a different look from natural ones. This is often caused by factors like the use of large or heavy breast implants, ageing, and also post-surgery pregnancies. This sign indicates a need to replace the implants to regain the desired look.
5. Your breast implants have changed shape
The change in the shape of breast implants can be caused by breast implant rupture and rotation. This may cause your breasts to look different from each other, which may be uncomfortable. Any drastic change in the shape of the implants could be a sign that your doctor needs to check for any problems.
While most patients have breast implants without a problem, an implant doesn’t last forever. It’s important to know the signs to look for in case you need to contact your doctor. If you’re concerned about your breast implants, speak to an expert breast surgeon and book a consultation today at the Harley Clinic.