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FAQs Breast Implant Replacement

Mrs Nothando (Noni) Zinyemba  |  RGN

Last Updated On: February 23, 2024 | Published On: December 1, 2014

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How long does the procedure take ?

Depending on the complexity of the procedure, the surgery normally takes about 90 minutes, not including time in recovery.

Are the results permanent ?

Yes, as with your original procedure, the results are permanent. If you loose/ gain a substantial amount of weight, or you have a baby, your breasts may change shape.

When can I go back to normal day-to-day activities ?

We recommend that people take a week off work following the procedure (more if your job is particularly physical). Strenuous activities, heavy lifting and intense exercise should be avoided for about 6 weeks after your surgery.

Are there any alternatives to this surgery ?

No, the only way to change your implants, increase the size, or change the shape of your breasts is by surgery.

Can I combine this procedure with other surgery ?

Yes, you can combine this procedure with other breast or body surgeries. You can discuss this in full at your free consultation.

Can I opt for a different type of implant than I originally had ?

Yes, many people with older implants are now choosing newer, safer implants that are available.

Can I have a bigger/ smaller size than my original implants ?

Yes, it is normally quite simple to go a little larger than your original implants. Smaller implants are possible, however you may need some degree of uplift to counteract any excess skin. This can be fully discussed at your free consultation.

Can I have my implants removed and not replaced ?

Yes, a number of women choose to have their implants removed and not replaced. However, you should be aware that as part of the original breast implant procedure, some of your natural breast tissue may have been removed, so your breasts may be smaller than previously. Your skin will also have stretched around your implants, so you may need some form of skin removal or tightening to have a pleasing aesthetic result.

When should I have my implants replaced ?

This is very much dependent on your original implants. If your implants are ruptured it is essential that you consider having them replaced. Some older implants are more prone to rupture and contracture (hardening) after ten years. You can discuss this fully at your free consultation.

Will my scarring be worse after a second breast procedure ?

Your surgeon will try their best to make incisions at the same site as the original scar. However, sometimes cutting into this area again can make the scar more prominent, this will fade over time.

Will I have altered sensation in the area ?

Whenever skin is cut, nerves are also cut; this may result in altered sensation to the area, particularly at the incision site. All care will be taken to maintain sensation as much as possible.

What weight should I be for surgery ?

You should be at a healthy weight for your height when you have surgery as this lowers risks related to anaesthetic. For the best aesthetic results, we recommend that you are at your ideal weight at the time of surgery as further weight loss or gain can change the results of your surgery.

When can I fly after the procedure ?

You should check with your surgeon regarding safe timings of air travel following your surgery. Many airlines have their own protocols and you should inform your travel insurance company if you have had recent surgery.

We recommend that in the weeks after surgery, you are close to one of the locations Nu Cosmetic Clinic can refer you to in case you have any concerns, so foreign holidays may be best avoided until a few months after your procedure.

Am I too young/ too old for this procedure ?

All clients must be at least 18 years of age to have surgery. We do not set an upper age limit for our procedures, suitability for surgery will be discussed at your free consultation with your surgeon.

Can I get a second opinion ?

Yes, if you are at all unsure about what your surgeon has told you, we will be more than happy to refer you for a second free consultation with another surgeon.

Are your surgeons suitably qualified and registered ?

All of the surgeons we refer you to are registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) and all relevant specialist bodies. Please feel free to ask the surgeon about his experience and qualifications at your consultation; they understand and support that this is vital information to your decision making process.

Where are your clinics ?

Nu Cosmetic Clinic offers referrals to a range of locations across the UK.

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