POSTED 3rd January 2020

What’s involved in breast implant removal and reconstruction?

If you’ve had your breast implants for a while you may be considering having them replaced.  Women who have had implants in place for a decade or more can find that their body has changed with age and so prefer to have the implants adjusted to compliment the difference in overall shape.  Sometimes people seek breast implant removal and reconstruction simply for peace of mind, preferring to replace older implants with newer versions.  

Whilst there is no reason to replace implants you had fitted at Manchester Plastic Surgery, if you have any concerns about your implants or want to explore options for your changing body shape, please get in touch.  Breast surgery is one of the most popular procedures we carry out here at Manchester Plastic Surgery, so you can rest assured you are in good, experienced hands when you meet our surgical team.


Let’s look at what’s involved

The procedure for breast implant removal and replacement surgery is very similar to the original procedure when you had the implants fitted.  

Your surgeon will remove the original breast implant and any scar tissue, clear the breast pocket and position the new implant into place, seeking to use the original incision areas to reduce additional scarring.  You will, of course, need a general anaesthetic but the whole procedure usually takes less than two hours.

You will need to stay in hospital overnight.  We are based at the state-of-the-art Spire Hospital Manchester, with your own very comfortable en-suite bedroom, cared for by our dedicated team.  You should be able to go home the next day as long as your surgeon is happy with your recovery progress.  


Is implant removal and replacement right for you?

The decision to have breast surgery is a highly personal one: only you can decide what’s right for you. 

Our approach is always to seek to understand things from your perspective, so at your initial consultation, we’ll talk to you about your motivations for surgery and the results you hope to achieve.  

This enables us to provide the best advice on whether surgery is necessary (if you’re considering removal and replacement because your implants have been in place for a while) or whether it will help you achieve your goals if you’re looking for new implants to complement a changing body shape.

During this discussion, we will also remind you of the risks and potential complications that can occur with breast implant removal and replacement surgery.  Whilst complications are rare, there is always a chance they will occur, so it’s important you make an informed decision about whether surgery is right for you.

The main complication to be aware of with breast implant surgery is ‘capsular contractor’.  This is a hardening of the scar tissue which causes firmness and distortion of the implant. Occasionally this will happen early on but is more common after a few years. Where it does occur, it’s necessary to remove the implant.


What to do next

If you would like to investigate having breast implant and replacement surgery, please get in touch for an initial consultation with Mr James Murphy, our lead on breast surgery.  Mr Murphy has more than two decades of experience so he is well placed to provide you with the advice and guidance you need.