Breast Implant Replacement

Considering a breast implant replacement in London? Here’s what you need to know. Breast implant revision is a medical procedure where existing breast implants are removed and replaced.  Just like other medical implants, breast implants are not always lifetime devices. Over time, they may need to be replaced or adjusted to maintain the health and well-being of the patient. Some common reasons for considering replacement include implant rupture, capsular contracture (a tightening of the scar tissue around the implant), or simply a change in personal aesthetic preferences.

The primary objective of a breast implant replacement procedure is to uphold patient health while achieving a satisfactory breast contour and appearance. In some cases, the aim might be to refine the breast’s appearance, which could involve updating the implant material. Additional procedures, such as a breast lift, breast reduction, or adjustments to the areola, may also be considered in conjunction to help restore the shape and volume of your breasts. Adjustments to the breast implant pocket can also be made to better position the implant on the chest. The size, shape, or style of the breast implant might be altered based on individual needs and preferences.

Breast implant replacement in London, especially under the hands of Mr Kshem Yapa, can rectify concerns while preserving and improving the natural appearance and feel of the breasts. Whether your motivations are cosmetic or health-driven, Mr Yapa is committed to guiding and supporting you through this journey towards renewed confidence and well-being.

At a glance

Procedure Length:
Procedure Length:

Typically 1-2 hours

Hospital Stay:
Hospital Stay:

Overnight stay is commonly recommended.


General anaesthesia.


1-2 weeks of reduced activity to heal.


Wait at least 48 hours post-surgery before showering,


Sleep in an elevated position and avoid sleeping on your stomach for at least 3-4 weeks.


Should be avoided for at least 1-week post-surgery and off pain medication.


Avoid smoking for at least 2 weeks prior to and 2 weeks after the procedure.

Direct Sun Exposure:
Direct Sun Exposure:

Should be avoided for at least 6 weeks on incisions.

Benefits of Breast Implant Replacement

Breast implant replacement isn’t just about addressing concerns or complications; it offers a range of benefits that can enhance both physical well-being and self-confidence. Here are some of the key advantages:

  • Restored Symmetry and Shape:

    Over time, natural factors or initial surgical outcomes might lead to breast asymmetry. A breast implant replacement can realign and balance the breasts, leading to a more natural appearance which helps boost your confidence.

  • Improved Comfort:

    Some people may experience discomfort due to issues like capsular contracture or shifting implants. Replacement surgery can alleviate these discomforts, ensuring that you feel as good as you look.

  • Updated Implant Technology:

    Breast implant technology has progressed over the years, offering more natural looks and feels. Upgrading to newer implant types can provide enhanced safety and a more desirable aesthetic outcome.

  • Rejuvenated Appearance:

    Ageing, gravity, and lifestyle changes can alter the appearance of breast implants. A replacement can rejuvenate the breasts, making them appear more youthful and uplifted, aligning with how you feel inside.

  • Peace of Mind:

    For those who’ve had their implants for many years, replacement offers peace of mind. New implants, coupled with a thorough health check of the breast tissue, can provide reassurance about both the condition and safety of your implants.

Reasons Why You May Need a Breast Implant Replacement

Various factors, both medical and aesthetic, can influence why you may need a breast implant replacement procedure. These include:

Asymmetry can develop due to misplacement of the original implants, which might result from less precise surgical techniques. Over time, differences between the two breasts might become more evident, thus warranting a replacement.

This is a common reason for revision. Capsular contracture happens when scar tissue, which naturally forms around the implants, hardens and constricts. This can cause discomfort and a change in breast shape. Revision surgery can address this by removing the affected tissue and possibly repositioning the new implants.

Implant Rupture: Whether silicone or saline, implants are not invulnerable and can rupture and lead to further health risks. If this occurs, replacement is typically advised.

Rippling is when wavy indentations appear on the skin surface over the implant. This is particularly common in slender individuals. Saline implants might have a slightly elevated risk of rippling. When pronounced, a replacement or removal might be recommended to restore a smoother appearance.

The natural effects of ageing, gravity, and weight fluctuations can lead to changes in breast position and shape. This can result in sagging or a perceived alteration in implant position. If you’re concerned about these changes, a combination of breast lift and implant replacement can restore your desired look.

Breast Implant Replacement Procedure Steps

Breast implant replacement is a comprehensive procedure. Understanding the steps involved can offer clarity and peace of mind. Here’s an overview of the process:

  • Administering Anaesthesia

    This procedure will be carried out under general anaesthesia. Administered by an anaesthetist, this medication puts you to sleep and ensures you feel no discomfort during the procedure.

  • Making the Incision

    There are several types of incision that may be used during your procedure depending on your anatomy and the reasons why you’re opting for implant removal. These incision types include:
    Inframammary Incision (This is made in the natural fold beneath the breast), Breast Lift Incision (Depending on the need, this could be a vertical incision or a Wise pattern incision) or a
    Peri-areolar Incision (This involves an incision partially or entirely around the areola).

  • Securing the Incisions

    After the replacement procedure, incisions will be closed using sutures, skin adhesives, tapes, or clips to ensure proper healing and minimal scarring.

Risks and Complications

Every surgical procedure, including breast implant replacement, carries inherent risks. Mr Kshem Yapa takes all necessary precautions to minimise these risks, but it’s crucial for you to be informed about potential complications as this will not only help you make an informed decision but also allow you to identify any issues early, should they arise. The potential complications associated with breast implant replacement include:

Post-operative bleeding can sometimes occur, leading to discomfort and swelling. In rare instances, it might require an additional procedure to manage and rectify.

Some individuals may experience side effects such as nausea, dizziness, or, in rare cases, more severe reactions.

While strict sterile protocols are followed, post-operative infections can occur. These may present as increased redness, warmth, or discharge from the surgical site and would typically be treated with antibiotics.

Hematoma (a collection of blood in the wound) or seroma (a buildup of clear fluid) can sometimes develop and may require drainage or further intervention.

Scarring is a natural part of the healing process. However, some individuals may develop scars that are more prominent or raised than expected. There are treatments available to improve the appearance of scars over time.

On occasion, the new implant might not settle as expected, leading to an uneven or undesirable appearance. This might necessitate further surgical adjustments


After your breast implant replacement, you will be fitted with a surgical bra, which should be worn all the time for the first three weeks. On your first night home, it’s advised to remain largely at rest, only getting up for bathroom visits and ensuring you stay hydrated. Make sure to take prescribed medications as the initial 3-5 days can be the most challenging. Expect swelling and discomfort to peak around day three and then gradually decrease. Your incisions should remain dry and clean for the first 48 hours, and by day three, you can shower, making sure your back faces the water.


From the day after your surgery, short, regular walks indoors are recommended. During the first week, it’s crucial to limit activities, drink plenty of fluids, and avoid raising your arms above your shoulders. Lifting anything above 2 kilograms is discouraged for six weeks as this could delay your recovery, but you can expect a full return to more intense activities at around the 6-8 week mark. 


You will be provided with a direct phone line to our experienced specialist cosmetic surgery nurse who provides an on call service for your needs 24 hrs a day from the moment you have surgery.

Book your consultation

If you would like to discuss this procedure in detail and understand if it’s the right procedure for your goals, book a consultation with Mr Kshem Yapa.


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