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Breast Implant Revision

Implant Replacement

The goal of breast implant revision surgery is to replace old breast implants with new implants.

Breast implant revision risks and safety

The decision to have breast implant revision surgery is extremely personal. You'll have to decide if the benefits will achieve your goals and if the risks and potential complications of breast implant revision are acceptable.

Your plastic surgeon and/or staff will explain in detail the risks associated with surgery. You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedures you will undergo and any risks or potential complications.

Information on Breast Implant-Associated ALCL

The possible risks of breast implant revision surgery include, but are not limited to:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Poor healing of incisions
  • Hematoma
  • Anesthesia risks
  • Fluid accumulation (seroma)
  • Skin loss
  • Numbness or other changes in skin sensation
  • Skin discoloration and/or prolonged swelling
  • Unfavorable scarring
  • Recurrent looseness of skin
  • Fatty tissue found deep in the skin might die (fat necrosis)
  • Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications
  • Asymmetry
  • Suboptimal aesthetic result
  • Possible need for revision surgery
  • Persistent pain

These risks and others will be fully discussed prior to your consent. It's important that you address all your questions directly with your plastic surgeon.


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