As we discussed in Definite Reasons to Get New Breast Implants, there are situations where it is strongly recommended that you have a revision. Plastic surgeons consider these non-optional. There are also situations where you may choose to get new implants, but it is purely optional.
1. Change breast implant size
Many women choose to change the size of their implants after many years and changing life circumstances. The deflation that results from breastfeeding motivates many women to get larger implants to restore volume. Changes in weight can affect your breast size and skin, too. Some women choose to go bigger or smaller with their implants to adjust to a new desired proportion.
2. “Upgrade” breast implants to silicone
Silicone implants are very popular because the feel soft and look more natural. Saline implants are firmer and less natural feeling. They also have a higher risk of visible ripples. You may choose to change your implants to silicone for a softer result or to improve cosmetic issues like ripples. Many women use this opportunity to change size as well.
3. Getting a lift when you have old breast implants
Unfortunately, time and pregnancy is not kind to breasts. Breast implants do not prevent sagging from occurring. Sometimes a breast lift (mastopexy) is needed to make your breasts perky again. If you decide to have a lift and your current implants are approaching or past the 10-year-old mark, you should consider exchanging them for newer models. We expect most breast implants to last 10-20 years, so if you are already having a procedure it may make sense to replace them “while we’re in there.”
4. Mild to moderate capsular contracture
Capsular contracture is a tightening and thickening of the thin capsule of tissue that forms around your breast implants. This can occur soon after your breast augmentation or years later. Mild to moderate capsular contracture can affect your result, but it may not be enough to bother you. It is important to be evaluated by a board certified plastic surgeon to determine if capsular contracture is present and what options you have. If mild to moderate capsular contracture does not bother you, you do not have to do anything about it (provided we know your implants are intact). Severe capsular contracture or capsular contracture involving ruptured implants is another story. Read more about that in blog about non-optional reasons for replacing implants. The link is at the top of this page.
If you have any concerns about your breast implants, it is important to see a board certified plastic surgeon for answers. Information on the internet can be helpful for information purposes, but there is no replacement for true expert advice tailored to you. Contact us today to schedule a consultation if you have questions. We look forward to helping you.