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Re-Implant Surgery

Some implants are recommended to be removed because of the age of the implants and capsule formation. Other women would want to have their breast implants removed, wait for breast tissue to heal and have breast re implant surgery in the future.

Surgical/Procedure Name

Breast Re Implant Surgery

Common Name

  • Breast Implant Re – do
  • Re do Augmentation

Surgical Procedure

Basically breast re implant surgery is breast augmentation for the second time. The surgeon may use the same incision site from the previous one. He can also make a new one depending on his assessment or the patient’s request.

Implants may be placed either under the breast tissue and over the chest muscle, or under both the chest muscle and the breast tissue. The type, style, and size of the new breast implants you choose are determined by your lifestyle, body contours, the amount of breast tissue you have, and the cup size and appearance that you would like to achieve. You should talk to your doctor about choosing the breast implant option that is right for you.

Hospital Admission

One night

Duration of Operation

Two to three hours


General anesthesia

Pre Operative Care

The reason for having re implant surgery, size and placement should be discussed in detail with your surgeon. It will also help a lot to inform your surgeon on what areas you would like to have improved in terms of having the surgery again. Further research and viewing of before and after photos to know the desired outcomes is very helpful. Before surgery please inform your surgeon of any allergies, all medical conditions, and any medication that you are taking (both prescription and non-prescription). To eliminate the chance of postoperative bleeding you should avoid aspirin and any medication containing aspirin or ibuprofen for two weeks prior to surgery. You should also not smoke for 4 weeks prior to surgery as smoking can affect your reaction to the anaesthetic and slow down the healing process. Patients that suffer from hypertension must inform the surgeon prior to surgery.

Post Operative Care

After surgery, sensation of pain and chest heaviness can be felt. It is important to start moving gradually such as walking around to prevent blood clots and relieve swelling.

Avoid activities that require raising of arms or running or riding on speedboats. You need to be fully healed before you can do exercises or rigorous sports activities because these subjects the breasts to a lot of up and down movement.

Wear support surgical garments round the clock as instructed. Do not forget to massage as advised. It is important to ask any questions and voice any concerns on the follow up check-up.

Risks and Complications

Risks are inherent to any surgical procedure. The most common risks are swelling, bruising, bleeding, infection, fluid, scarring, numbness, or a change in sensation to the affected area – this should improve after nerve damage has repaired itself, which may take up to 12 months.

It may be hard to finally decide having implants again after removal of the previous one for quite a while. Your breasts may have changed from the first time you have had implants and after the removal. It is important to fully know what you desire to achieve for having implants again and going through the recovery from breast augmentation for the second time.

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