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Breast Implant Replacement in North Carolina

Women who have experienced problems with their breast implants may decide to undergo breast implant replacement surgery in North Carolina. This procedure serves to retrieve the problematic implant and replace it with an implant that improves the overall results of breast augmentation.

Breast implants can be replaced after a rupture or because the patient has decided to change the size or type of implant used.

What Is Breast Implant Replacement?

During breast implant replacement surgery, the failed implant is removed and a new breast implant is inserted. Other revisionary measures may be taken into account such as implant position, size, shape, material, placement, texture and diameter.

Who Can Benefit From Breast Implant Replacement North Carolina?

Several issues can arise as a result of breast implant surgery – from problems associated with the breast tissue, to implant selection, placement, or other complications. If you are displeased with your breast implants in any way, you should schedule a consultation with a Chapel Hill plastic surgeon you can trust.

Here are some of the possible problems associated with breast implants that motivate women to consider breast implant replacement or revision surgery:

  • Rippling
  • Deflation or rupture
  • Capsular contracture
  • Size dissatisfaction
  • Asymmetry

The Breast Implant Replacement Procedure in North Carolina

The first step in breast implant replacement is to diagnose the problem. During a consultation with your plastic surgeon, he or she will examine the cosmetic and technical aspects of your breasts. An MRI may also be conducted to detect implant failure. At this time you will be encouraged to share your reasons for implant replacement.

Your breast implant replacement surgery in North Carolina may last between 1-3 hours and will likely be performed using general anesthesia. After anesthesia is administered, your surgeon will make incisions, as needed, in order to access the implant–either along the breast crease, near the armpit or the nipple and areola.

The original implant is then removed and the new implant inserted. Alternatively, a new pocket may be created. The implant may be moved from above the pectoral muscle to below the muscle; the areola may be reduced, or any number of adjustments specific to your case may be made.

Breast Implant Replacement Aftercare

Recovery from breast implant replacement in North Carolina typically lasts between 1-2 weeks. You will be given a special bra designed for recovery, as well as medication to help control pain. Sutures are removed about 10 days after surgery. In order to ensure that you are healing properly and that the implant replacement has succeeded, regular exams should be scheduled.

Learn More About Breast Implant Replacement in Raleigh-Durham

If you or someone you know is interested in breast implant replacement, we hope that you will contact us here at the Plastic Surgery Division at the UNC Aesthetic, Laser & Burn Center in Chapel Hill. Our surgeons in North Carolina are happy to set up a consultation to learn more about your cosmetic goals and to guide you in your decision process. Service areas include: Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Charlotte, Cary, Greenville, Clayton, Fayetteville, Garner, Greensboro, Wilson, Apex, Hillsborough & Sanford.

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