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Breast Implant Replacement

Implant Replacement For Health or Cosmetic Reasons

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Medically reviewed by Dr Kam Singh Bsc(Hons), MRCGP, MBCAM

Medical Advisory Committee for Nu Cosmetic Clinic

Last Reviewed February 20th 2024

Breast Implant Replacement

Breast re-augmentation, which people sometimes call ‘Revision Breast Surgery,’ is a plastic surgery process to change old breast implants with new ones. The operation does not just exchange the implants but can also take away any scar tissue inside and fix the space where the past implant was, making it ready for putting in new implants.

The major reasons are:

• Preferring a different size due to change in body shape or changing preferences
• Implant has ruptured or they are placed too high or too low
• To try newer, more advanced and natural looking implants

When we discuss replacing breast implants, it is different from when someone has their implants taken out and does not replace them with new ones. In this case, the silicone or saline inserts are removed and no new implants are put in place. Breast re-augmentation involves the exchange of old implants for new ones; often, the size is kept alike, contingent on the condition of internal tissue and space within the breast. But the key point is size remains the same during this replacement process.

Surgeons usually do the whole surgery through the first cut to reduce scars . They aim to improve how breast implants look, whether they are new or old, and increase patients’ satisfaction by dealing with problems from an earlier enlargement operation.

Why Choose Breast Re-augmentation?

In the United Kingdom, individuals might choose to get another breast augmentation or make corrections to their previous breast surgeries for different reasons.

If there are any troubles with current breast implants like breakage or alterations in form, people might opt for re-augmentation to fix the issues.

As time passes, a person’s beauty goals can change. Getting another breast augmentation lets people adjust the size, shape, or kind of implants to match more closely with what they prefer now.

Should there be any tightening or discomfort because of capsular contracture, which is when tight scar tissue forms around the implant, it might become necessary to carry out a re-augmentation procedure to deal with this problem and enhance comfort levels.

Breast implants last for a certain time, and as years pass, they might need changing because of aging. Re-augmentation lets people switch old implants with new ones.

Progress in implant technology could provide options that are safer and look better. Some people in the UK decide to get their implants redone so they can use these new technologies.

Alterations in health, like varying weight or being pregnant, can affect how breast implants look. Re-augmentation gives individuals the option to modify and improve their breasts so they fit better with their present way of living and health condition.

Sometimes, after the first breast enlargement surgery, there can be issues. A second operation is possible to fix these problems and get a better result.

Many people in the UK often choose breast cosmetic surgeries. For good results, it is better to talk to a certified plastic surgeon. The doctors can decide if you are the most suitable person for these aesthetic treatments.


The procedure will take place at a luxury private hospitals. You may go home the same day or stay overnight depending on the complexity of your case and time of surgery. The procedure is performed under general anaesthetic.

In general, a breast implant replacement is normally a simpler procedure than the original augmentation as the pocket for the implant has already been created. The surgeon will normally make the incision along the scar line from your original surgery; thereby minimizing any further scarring. The old implants will be removed and the new ones will be implanted. The skin will then be secured using dissolvable sutures.

Later Progress

At the Nu Cosmetic Clinic, the surgeons we refer you to aim to return you safely to your own home the same day or the morning after your surgery. You will feel some pain and have bruising and swelling after the surgery. We recommend sleeping on your back and wearing a support bra for couple of weeks. We’ll remove any stitches within 10-14 days, with faint scars likely to remain, as with any operation. You can return to work within a week, and you can start exercising normally within 4-6 weeks.

At Nu Cosmetic Clinic, we ensure that you will receive free aftercare for a lifetime from the team of experts we refer you to. Click here to know more about our aftercare policy.


Following a breast re-augmentation surgery, the initial post-surgery period involves monitoring in the recovery room. Our medical staff will assess vital signs and administer pain medication for potential discomfort. Patients are often advised to wear a supportive surgical bra to reduce swelling and provide necessary support to the newly augmented breasts.

In the first week, it is vital to rest and limit your activities. You will need to follow all the restrictions and post-operative care guidelines provided by the surgeon. Our surgeon will also schedule follow-up appointments during this period to check progress, remove any drains or stitches, and address any concerns.

After the first month, you will see a noticeable decrease in swelling and bruising. Patients may begin to resume light activities while avoiding strenuous exercise gradually. We will also provide you with scar care instructions to minimize scarring.

Over the next few months, the healing process will continue, and full recovery will typically be achieved. Every patient has a different recovery time, but by the end of several months, most patients have healed completely.

You will be able to see the final results of your surgery during this time. We may recommend regular check-ups to monitor long-term recovery and assess the outcome of the procedure.

If you notice any issues, complications, or increasing pain after the procedure, it is important to get an urgent appointment and discuss your concerns with our surgeon.

Risks & Complications

As with any surgery, there is the small risk of complications with breast implant replacement surgery. At the time of your consultation, the expert we refer you to will take you through the risks in detail so that you can take an informed decision.
They will not push you for surgery. They will give you all the time and guidance you need to take a decision. They will give you a comprehensive Breast Implant Replacement Patient Guide to take home with you. This will answer most of your queries and concerns. If you have any further questions, you can give them a call and they will provide their expert advice. You will love them for their honesty, integrity and professionalism.


The Clinics we refer you to are situated in Belfast, Birmingham, Bolton, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Liverpool, London, Leeds, Leamington Spa, Leicester, Preston and Sheffield.

Breast Implant Replacement Finance Options

At Nu Cosmetic Clinic, we provide diverse financing solutions for both surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures. One of our available financing choices is the 0% interest-free credit scheme. Under this arrangement, you have the flexibility to borrow any desired amount* and extend the repayments over ten months without incurring any interest fees.

Additionally, we have partnered with Zebra Health Finance, presenting a range of flexible finance packages with repayment durations spanning 12, 24, 36, 48, or 60 months (interest applicable). Our dedicated team is on hand to assist you in exploring these financial options, ensuring affordability, and guiding you seamlessly through the financing procedure.

To know more about your surgery procedure and financing options, we encourage you to book a complimentary consultation with our expert cosmetic surgeon.

Remember, we often have offers & can sometimes price match other providers, so call us on 0800 007 5860 with any queries.


Frequently Asked Questions

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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