WHAT IS A BREAST REAUGMENTATION?
A removal of breast implants and reaugmentation is a surgical procedure in which a patient’s current implants are removed along with any internal scar tissue, the pocket is repaired, and the new implants are placed. This is usually carried out through the original incision to minimise scarring.
Implants do not have a sell-by date and therefore do not require replacing every 10 – 20 years as some people currently believe. Reasons why patients would want to undergo breast implant removal and replace their implants include:
- To increase or decrease the size of the breasts
- Breast appearance has changed following child birth or weight loss
- Breast appearance has changed following weight loss
- Breast appearance has changed with age. With age skin can weaken and gravity takes its toll resulting in a less desirable look
A breast implant removal procedure is low risk, but like any procedure there are still risks involved. One risk associated with breast enlargements is capsular contracture, or capsulation. This is the hardening of scar tissue around the implant, which can result in needing a removal and reaugmentation. Capsulation is covered as part of MYA’s aftercare and affects less than 1% of patients.
Removal and reaugmentation patients are advised to take 1 week off work and refrain from physical activities for 6 – 8 weeks post op. During this time, patients will also be required to wear a post-op bra. All post-op instructions will be very similar to your initial procedure so you are somewhat prepared as to what to expect.
*There is no guarantee of specific outcomes so individual results and experiences can vary from person to person.
WHAT HAPPENS AT YOUR CONSULTATIONS?
Patient Coordinbator Consultation
At your first consultation with a Patient Coordinator, you will be walked through your patient journey with MYA and some discussion will follow about implant shapes and possible sizes; we also want to find out what your expectations for the surgery outcome are. If you are suitable for surgery, you will be told about the operation, the expected outcome and possible risks and complications.
At your first consultation, you will be asked what is bothering you about your current breast implants and about your expectations from the surgery. You will be examined and some discussion will follow about implant shapes and possible sizes. It is not possible to just pick a cup size and ask your surgeon to supply that.
At your preoperative consultation with your surgeon, they will assess your chest wall, your existing volume of breast tissue alongside your current implants and placement, and assess how much skin is available to accommodate the new implant, especially if you want to increase the size. Your surgeon will be able to give you an idea of what implant is appropriate for you. Your surgeon will not be able to guarantee your cup size.
Your surgery will be performed under General Anaesthetic (GA). Breast implant removal under local anaesthesia is uncommon. General Anaesthetic stops you feeling pain and other sensations; it gives you a state of controlled unconsciousness (being asleep). The anaesthetist, who has had specialist training, will start the anaesthetic by inserting a needle which is used to put a cannula (small thin plastic tube) into a vein in the back of your hand or arm – it will take about 30 seconds to work. If you’re worried about having a needle in your hand, you can speak to your anaesthetist about this prior to surgery.
Day Of Surgery
You will be admitted to hospital on the day of surgery and often be discharged the same day. Please be aware that you will not be taken to surgery straight away and you can have a wait of up to 6 hours, please speak to the hospital staff on the day for updates on your operation time. Once you have returned from your operation, your chest will feel tight and your breasts and ribs below your breasts will be tender. You should be mobile from day one and can exercise after 6 weeks.
Your Surgeon will make a small (typically between 2-3 inches) incision in the crease of your breast. They will try and make the incision along your original scar line to remove your current implants. They will then insert the new implants either in front of the muscle, between, or underneath, depending on your initial discussions with the Surgeon and your previous implant placement. The incision will be closed with either dissolvable or non-dissolvable sutures, depending on your Surgeon.
All MYA Surgeons are highly experienced with full medical insurance and only perform Cosmetic Surgery. They are therefore highly skilled in this field and they will be able to make appropriate recommendations regarding the placement of your implant.
After surgery, you will be taken to your room where a nurse will routinely monitor you as you start to fully wake up from the anaesthetic. Your nurse will offer you tea and toast and it will take a final 3-4 hours until you are ready to leave if you are a day case. Most patients prefer to stay in our hospital overnight as this gives them an opportunity to recover from the surgery in a safe environment and under the supervision of our nurses who specialise in cosmetic surgery.
How Long Does It Take To Recover From Breast Augmentation?
Every woman’s breast implant removal and reaugmentation recovery time is different. In general, you will probably feel a little sore and some swelling after breast augmentation surgery, which will subside after 7-14 days. Pain relief will be prescribed and administered as required to ease any discomfort you may have. You will likely have bruising and swelling that usually lasts 7-21 days, this is normal following all operations.
At first your breasts may look too high and the skin appears tight. This tends to settle down over the first 6 weeks or so as a more natural shape emerges. It is extremely important that your wounds are checked post-operatively by a nurse; this is to ensure the wound is healing well. It is very important that you attend all your breast reaugmentation post-op appointments; it is equally important to ensure you follow all instructions provided to you to ensure you have the best opportunity to achieve the result desired by you and your surgeon.
It is very important that you attend your post-operative appointments with all MYA medical professionals; it is also equally important to ensure you follow all instructions provided to you to ensure you have the best opportunity to achieve the result desired by you and your surgeon. Failure to follow this guidance may compromise your result and your surgeon may decide they are unable to carry out revision surgery in these instances.
COST AND FINANCE
How Much Does Breast Implant Removal Cost?
We focus on providing high quality care from your initial consultation through every step of your journey and beyond that to aftercare. To ensure you receive the support you deserve, all of our prices reflect our commitment to service and are tailored to the individual patient’s needs.
Breast Reaugmentation On Finance
We understand that the cost of breast removal and replacement can have an impact on your decision to have the procedure. That’s why we’ve made things simple and stress-free with a choice of flexible options on breast enlargement finance. For example, a £5000 procedure could be financed with a £500 deposit and 60 monthly payments of £94 (total credit charge of £1,1145, £6,140 total repayable and 9.9% APR representative). Visit our finance page to learn more about breast implant removal prices and to try our Affordability Calculator now!