Switching, upgrading, exchanging...If you’re thinking of changing your breast implants you may have heard some of those words being thrown around, and you probably have some questions.
So, let's talk about breast implant exchange!
1 in every 20 women in the U.S has had a breast augmentation, and that number is steadily growing every year. So, it shouldn’t be a surprise that breast augmentation has been the #1 plastic surgery procedure in the U.S for the past 10 years.
The overwhelming majority of women are happy with their decision to get breast implants and are highly satisfied with their surgical outcome. But, that means there are also women who aren’t completely satisfied.
Girl, you wouldn’t be alone if you just didn’t like something about your breast implants. And if you’re one of the few who are unhappy, there are options...You can choose to exchange your implants!
Wait, what’s an implant exchange?
Some women choose to exchange their breast implants after their first augmentation - not because there was a complication (that’s a totally different boat), but because they’re just not happy with their general outcome.
In that situation, it generally comes down to the size (volume) of the implants or the type (material) of the implants.
If it’s a matter of not liking the position or location of the implants, that’s likely a more complicated situation (like a revision surgery), which is a very different process compared to a simple breast implant exchange.
Why would I choose to exchange my implants?
If there’s technically nothing wrong with your implants, you may wonder why someone would choose to have another surgery. A lot more women than you probably expect make this decision every year, in fact...
I crunched some numbers and found that in the next 5 years about 100,000 women will have their implants exchanged! So let’s dive into why these women would choose to have another surgery.
The top 5 reasons women choose to exchange their implants are:
1. To change the size
The main reason women choose to exchange their implants is to change size! Most women choose to upsize (go bigger) but some also downsize (go smaller) with their implant exchange. It’s even possible to simulate how your breasts may look with larger implants using Vectra 3D imaging in your surgeon’s office.
2. To get their pre-pregnancy breasts back
Being a mom is the awesome, but no one can deny that having kids changes your body. When your body changes (oh, and it will) your implants might not look the way they once did. If you’re unhappy with your breast implants after pregnancy, breast shape and volume can be improved by exchanging your implants.
3. To change the feel of their implants
Several factors determine how your breasts will feel with implants:
The amount of natural breast tissue covering the implant
The type of implant (silicone or saline)
The size or volume of the implant
The shape or projection of the implant
If you’re unhappy with the feel of your implants after your augmentation, exchanging the type of implant can make a big difference!
4. To change the type of implants
If there’s any aspect of your current implants you’re not happy with, exchanging them for a different type will likely help. There are sooo many options, you’ve got:
Different choices for what’s inside the implant (saline or silicone)
The projection of the implant (aka the profile)
The shape of the implant (round or anatomical)
The manufacturer of the implant
The texture of the implant
The technology around breast implants is constantly improving, so a breast implant exchange offers you the opportunity to upgrade (or switch) to a newer, cutting-edge implant option that might help you reach your ultimate boobie goals!
5. To turn back the clock (on your breasts at least)
Even augmented breasts change over time (unfortunately). And breast implants themselves age over time too. Thankfully, modern implants are getting more and more sophisticated, so, you’re more likely to choose to change your implants than need to change them.
If the changes that aging brings to your breasts are making you re-think your current implants, an implant exchange can help you achieve the breast aesthetic that you’re most happy with.
So, how do know if I need to exchange my breast implants?
If you’re not 100% satisfied with how your primary augmentation turned out, or your breasts have changed over time and your old implants just aren’t “right” for you anymore.
What can I expect?
The first step is to schedule a consultation to talk about what you don’t like- and what your ultimate boobie goals are! Be sure to choose a Board Certified surgeon who has experience exchanging breast implants.
If after breast augmentation you’re unhappy with the look, or feel of your breasts, you have tons of other implant options to try! And listen, it’s ok to not be ok with your breast implants.
If this is you, I’d encourage you to reach out to a Board Certified surgeon to explore your options. A long and happy relationship with your breast implants is a balance of accepting you for who you are, and recognizing when you’re ready for change.