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Breast Implant Replacement

  Duration: 1 hr 30 min

Breast implant replacement is a breast surgery that involves the removal of your old implant and replacing  it with a newer implant (or removed altogether). Your current implants will be removed as well as any internal scar tissue and the implant pocket is repaired. At the same time Dr. Rotsaert can add new implants in their place. Sometimes Dr. Rotsaert opts for a different placement than the original placed implant, to minimise future issues and widen or narrow the cleavage. This surgical procedure often uses the original incision to minimise any additional scarring.

Alternatively, some women choose to replace the implant with their own fat, which is called a fat transfer, because unlike breast implants, fat transfers uses your own natural tissue, are lifelong and never need to be replaced.

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Time off work
1-2 weeks
Hospital stay
Day case
After 1 week
Sleeping position
On back for 1-2 weeks
Bras & garments
Worn for 6 weeks
Full recovery
4-6 weeks
After 1 week
Physical activity
4-6 weeks

There are many reasons, why women want a breast implant replacement:

  • Unhappiness about the current size, shape etc
  • Pain or capsular contracture
  • Replacing older implants. Most surgeons recommend a replacement every 10-20 years
  • Combining this with another surgery a.i. mummy makeover or breast lift

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Micro-textured Mentor 515 CC anatomical gel implant.


Frequently asked questions

Why replace your breast implant?

Breast augmentation is one of the most popular surgeries to increase and enhance the breasts. However, there comes a time when the breast implants will need to be removed and replaced, as even the newer design of silicone implants will not last a lifetime (around 10 to 15 years). There can also be other reasons that someone might wish to replace their breast implants, such as capsular contracture, (where there is some hardening of scar tissue around the breast), a change in body shape or discomfort if the original breast implants were too large. Dr Veerle Rotsaert offers breast replacement surgery at the London Welbeck Hospital.

Am I suitable for breast implant replacement?

If you are in good health, are over the age of 18 and wish to replace your breast implants, you may be suitable for this surgical procedure. However, before any treatment can commence with Dr Rotsaert, we will ask that you attend a no obligation consultation, to discuss your concerns about your breasts, the details of the procedure and to check your medical history, so that we can ensure that the surgery will be both safe and suitable for you and will meet your goals. It is at this meeting that you can ask all those questions that you wish, and to gather all the information you need, in order to make an informed and educated decision on whether to proceed.

What happens during a breast implant replacement?

A breast implant replacement procedure is performed under a general anaesthetic (GA) so you will be unaware of anything happening, throughout the operation. Under usual circumstances, the procedure can take around an hour to a maximum of three hours. At your consultation, Dr Rotsaert would have analysed your individual body shape, discussed your lifestyle and your desires for your results, before tailoring a bespoke plan for your surgery. This means that you are receiving the best methods of surgery for your unique self.

Incisions are usually made under the breast crease, but may be made under the armpit. The old breast implants are then removed and the new breast implants will be placed either under or over the muscle (depending on your individual requirements, body shape and amount of breast tissue), and in some cases, a combination of implant and fat transfer may be required, for the most natural physical appearance. Fat transfer is advised for those wishing to utilise their own body tissues to replace the volume lost by removing a prosthetic implant. This will also mean that no further removal or replacement surgery will be required in the future, as the results are permanent. Following your surgery, you will be able to recover in one of the hospital rooms and you will be accompanied by a nurse, to ensure you wake up fully, have something to eat and drink and use the toilet before you are discharged, but not before a final check-up from Dr Rotsaert. You will need someone to drive you home as we do not recommend that you drive yourself, or use public transport after this invasive procedure.

Will I get scarring with a breast implant replacement surgery?

As with all surgical procedures which involve cutting and suturing the skin, there can be some visible scarring with this surgery. However, we will always try and make the incisions by the original scars. The scarring pattern will depend on where Dr Rotsaert has decided to make the incisions, but in most cases, as these are made under the breasts within the breast crease, the scars will not be visible unless the breast is lifted up.

What is the downtime, following a breast implant replacement?

You will need to take between one and two weeks off work, following your breast operation, depending on your job and how physical it is. Not only will your breasts feel sore and swollen and even heavy after the operation, but you will need to rest, so that your body can heal. You will not be able to lift heavy things (heavy shopping etc) for several weeks and will need to avoid the gym, excessive arm raising and anything where your body is put under stress or strain for some time, following your operation. As with all surgical procedures, everyone heals at varying rates and you will also need to consider whether you will require more healing time, if you have had a fat transfer, included in the procedure.

When will I see the results?

You will be able to experience your results immediately. However, you will need to consider that your breasts will be sore and swollen for a few weeks following the operation and this will affect the initial results. It can take some weeks for the new implants to soften and settle. You will need to wear a surgical, non-underwired compression bra and possibly a breast strap, to keep your new breast implants secure, for 24 hours per day for at least 6 weeks, following your breast operation and will also be asked to return to the clinic for a follow-up appointment at around 2 weeks, 6 weeks, 1 year, after your surgery, to ensure you are healing well and the results are as expected.

Why choose breast implant replacement surgery with Dr. Veerle Rotsaert

Dr. Rotsaert trained with one of the founding fathers of modern breast implant surgery (Professor Anand Deva in Sydney) and during the consultation she can tell you all about certain risks and complications involved with this procedure and the facts surrounding implant surgery. 

In some cases you might benefit from a combination with fat transfer to make the final result look softer and create an even better and more natural cleavage. 

What sets Dr. Rotsaert apart is that she truly cares about her patients. She spends copious amounts of time getting to know each and every patient. Get in touch for a complementary consultation.

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