What is breast implant exchange? Implant exchange surgery is a customized surgical procedure performed to replace existing implants with new implants. It may be performed on women with older implants, ruptured implants, or when the woman wants to achieve a different breast size, shape, or projection.
Is implant exchange painful?
Most implant exchange procedures are less uncomfortable than the primary surgery, except in more complex procedures in which excess scar tissue (capsular contracture) must be corrected, or when the implant location is altered from below the natural breast tissue to submuscular to resolve rippling.
Do breast implants come with a warranty?
Modern breast implants produced by Allergan, including Natrelle, have a warranty. You are automatically enrolled for coverage when you have these implants placed in implant exchange. For rupture, the implants will be replaced free (for life), along with surgery cost assistance up to $3,500 for ten years. For capsular contracture at Baker Grade III or IV, your implants are warrantied for ten years. You have the option to upgrade to more extensive insurance within 45 days of your implant exchange.
How long do breast implants last?
Breast implants can last many, many years. If your implants are doing well, and you enjoy them, there is no reason to replace them. It is advised that you have them checked every few years to ensure there is no “silent rupture,” or a rupture in a silicone implant that is not noticeable. Breast implants can last many years, but the average lifespan is considered to be about 10 years, although many last far longer.
How much does implant exchange cost?
In implant exchange, your first and most important concern is the skills, experience, and quality of your plastic surgeon. The cost of the procedure will vary, based upon what must be addressed in your surgery, as each person has unique issues. In general, the cost will be in the range of your original surgery.