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Breast Implant Replacement or Removal

There are many reasons a woman may decide to replace or remove her implants, whether for medical reasons or concerns about the integrity of your implants, we're here to help.

Renowned Plastic Surgeons based in the UK
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Medically reviewed by Lorcan Sheppard BSc MBBS FRCA, Chief Medical Officer and the Medical Advisory Committee for The Private Clinic.

Last Reviewed July 16th 2020

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You may feel it is time to replace or remove your current breast implants or have decided that you want to increase or decrease the size of your implants.

Many women feel after a number of years of having breast implants that they would like to replace them or remove them. There are many reasons a woman may decide to replace or remove her implants, from medical reasons such as capsular contracture, ruptured implants, concerns about the integrity of your implants and implants that have sunk below the natural breast crease (bottoming out). There are also cosmetic reasons such as wishing to increase or decrease the size of the implant or simply wanting to remove them altogether in favour of a natural chest. As your body ages and following childbirth, implants that were once a perfect fit may no longer suit your body shape.

The Private Clinic is a well-known provider of breast implant replacement or removal surgery. We have a reputation as a trusted cosmetics provider following the PIP breast implant scandal that affected so many of our competitors. Breast implant replacement still continues to be one of our most commonly performed procedures. Our breast surgeons ensure care, sensitivity and discretion are given to such a big decision. At The Private Clinic, our leading UK consultant plastic surgeons are here to guide you in making the best choice in breast removal and replacement surgery (breast redo’s), mastopexy and auto augmentation.

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Procedure Time

1 - 2 hours

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Driving

1 week

sexual activity

Sexual Activity

4 - 6 weeks

travel

Travel

6 weeks

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Support Garments

Surgical Bra to be worn for 6 weeks

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Anaesthetic Type

General Anaesthetic

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Washing

1 week

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Back to work

1 - 2 weeks

full recovery time

Recovery Time

6 weeks

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Sleeping

Sleeping elevated on back for 6 weeks

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Hospital Stay

Day case

mobility

Up & Mobile

1 day

exercise

Exercise

4 - 6 weeks

final results

Final Results

6 - 12 months

What surgical options are available for breast implant removal or replacement?

Breast Implant Removal – Your breast implants are removed and no further surgery is performed.

Breast Implant Replacement or Breast re-augmentation – Your original implants are removed but are then replaced by new implants which can be the same size, smaller(breast implant downsizing), bigger or a different shape such as tear drop.

Breast Capsulectomy – Capsular contracture can cause pain and distortion in the appearance of your bust. A capsulectomy procedure removes the capsule which is the lining around your implant and then you can either have the original implant removed or replaced.

Enbloc – An enbloc procedure is when the implant and the capsule are removed at the same time with the implant still inside the intact scar tissue capsule. It can be difficult to guarantee that a total enbloc is possible as in some cases the capsule tissue is very thin or tightly attached to the chest wall, in which case a breast capsulectomy may be performed instead. Your breast surgeon will be able to discuss your options with you in more detail at a consultation.

Breast Implant Removal with Uplift (Mastopexy) – This combined procedure may be recommended if your surgeon feels your breast tissue has stretched. The procedure will ensure that after the implant is removed your nipple is lifted back up to its natural position.

Breast Auto-Augmentation – A breast auto augmentation is a great option for patients who wish to remove their implants but still wish to retain volume. Your surgeon will use your existing breast tissue to reshape the breast giving you fullness in the upper bust along with an uplifted appearance.

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Why would patients have their Breast Implants removed?

Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Mr Adrian Richards MBBS, MSc, FRCS (Plast.) GMC Number 3286812 discusses common reasons as to why patients may choose to remove or replace their breast implants.

If you are interested breast implant removal, uplift whilst retaining the shape see our Auto Augmentation page.
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Toula’s Patient Story

Patient Toula found herself feeling unhappy with the size of her breast implants following surgery at another clinic. She decided to have a Breast Re-Augmentation or Breast Implant Replacement/Exchange with Mr Navid Jallali at The Private Clinic in Harley Street.

“I was very conscious of how big I felt, I never wore outfits that would accentuate them but I now find myself buying clothes that I maybe wouldn’t have before!”

Read Toula’s patient story here.

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Before & After

Our expert surgeons and medical staff offer leading breast surgery procedures.
Take a look at the Before and After photos to see how we have helped change our patients’ lives.

What to Expect

The Private Clinic has been treating patients for over 35 years with thousands of women placing their trust in us each year. We pride ourselves on being able to offer a personalised service. We have a team of friendly nurses and expert breast surgeons who understand the importance of this decision and will support you throughout your journey with us.
  • Consultation
  • Pre-Operation
  • The Procedure
  • Aftercare

The Consultation

Your implant removal or replacement procedure will begin with a consultation with one of our expert breast surgeons at a clinic of your choice.
At your consultation you will be able to discuss your concerns and find out your options to see which approach will be most suitable for you. When it comes to replacing an implant, you will need to consider different breast implant shapes and sizes and what look you wish to achieve with your new implants.

Your surgeon will then:

  • Review your medical history
  • Examine your breasts
  • Recommend an implant type, size, and position if relevant
  • Discuss your expectations from surgery
  • Detail the risks and complications of implant removal or implant replacement surgery
  • Go through the aftercare and recovery process

You will then be allocated a dedicated patient coordinator who will be your point of contact should you wish to go ahead with the procedure.
During your journey you may decide to have a number of consultations with your plastic surgeon and their nursing team before deciding to go ahead with surgery.

Pre-Operative Appointment

In the interests of patient safety all our patients are assessed against our patient selection criteria. Following your breast implant removal or replacement consultation your medical history will be reviewed and the pre-operative nurse will choose which pre-operative tests to carry out which are going to be most appropriate to you. Most breast implant removal or replacement pre-operative assessments include a blood test, MRSA swabs, urine test and a blood pressure test.
They will also advise you of any precautions you need to take in the days or weeks leading up to your breast implant removal or replacement procedure and advise on any medication that you should stop taking before procedure.

Breast Implant Removal or Replacement Surgery

On the day of your operation the medical team will ensure you are comfortable. Your breast implant removal or replacement is performed under general anaesthetic and will take 1-2 hours. You will be given an admission time which usually involves you arriving an hour before the agreed start time of surgery.

Once admitted:

  • The nursing team will record your blood pressure and prep you for surgery.
  • You will meet with the surgeon who will go through the procedure again and answer any questions.
  • Pre-operative photos will be taken.
  • Your chest will be marked up ready for surgery.

The Procedure

  • General anaesthetic will be administered by the anaesthesiologist.
  • Your breast surgeon will use your existing scars to remove your old implant.
  • A capsulectomy or enbloc may be performed depending on condition of implants, capsules, and preference of the patient.
  • If having a replacement, new implants will be placed into the breast pocket.
  • The incision will then be closed with dissolvable stitches and covered with tape.
  • A surgical bra will then also be placed onto the patient which will need to be worn during your recovery period.
  • You will then be taken to recover in a recovery room for 1-3 hours.
  • Once the surgeon and nursing team are happy that you are safe to return home, you will be discharged and allowed to leave accompanied by a family member or friend.

After your breast implant removal or replacement procedure

A member of our nursing team will call you usually the day following your procedure to ensure you are feeling comfortable and recovering well. You will have been given details of our dedicated on-call nursing team who can be contacted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week should you have any worries or concerns during your recovery time.
You should avoid strenuous activities and exercise for 6 weeks and ideally have 1-2 weeks off work to recover.
You will be required to attend a series of follow-up appointments at The Private Clinic which include a 1-week check-up appointment with a nurse and then your 6-week post-operative appointment with your surgeon. At this stage you should be back to your everyday activities and your surgeon will be able to advise you on anything that you are unsure of and answer any questions.

The Consultation

Your implant removal or replacement procedure will begin with a consultation with one of our expert breast surgeons at a clinic of your choice.
At your consultation you will be able to discuss your concerns and find out your options to see which approach will be most suitable for you. When it comes to replacing an implant, you will need to consider different breast implant shapes and sizes and what look you wish to achieve with your new implants.

Your surgeon will then:

  • Review your medical history
  • Examine your breasts
  • Recommend an implant type, size, and position if relevant
  • Discuss your expectations from surgery
  • Detail the risks and complications of implant removal or implant replacement surgery
  • Go through the aftercare and recovery process

You will then be allocated a dedicated patient coordinator who will be your point of contact should you wish to go ahead with the procedure.
During your journey you may decide to have a number of consultations with your plastic surgeon and their nursing team before deciding to go ahead with surgery.

Pre-Operative Appointment

In the interests of patient safety all our patients are assessed against our patient selection criteria. Following your breast implant removal or replacement consultation your medical history will be reviewed and the pre-operative nurse will choose which pre-operative tests to carry out which are going to be most appropriate to you. Most breast implant removal or replacement pre-operative assessments include a blood test, MRSA swabs, urine test and a blood pressure test.
They will also advise you of any precautions you need to take in the days or weeks leading up to your breast implant removal or replacement procedure and advise on any medication that you should stop taking before procedure.

Breast Implant Removal or Replacement Surgery

On the day of your operation the medical team will ensure you are comfortable. Your breast implant removal or replacement is performed under general anaesthetic and will take 1-2 hours. You will be given an admission time which usually involves you arriving an hour before the agreed start time of surgery.

Once admitted:

  • The nursing team will record your blood pressure and prep you for surgery.
  • You will meet with the surgeon who will go through the procedure again and answer any questions.
  • Pre-operative photos will be taken.
  • Your chest will be marked up ready for surgery.

The Procedure

  • General anaesthetic will be administered by the anaesthesiologist.
  • Your breast surgeon will use your existing scars to remove your old implant.
  • A capsulectomy or enbloc may be performed depending on condition of implants, capsules, and preference of the patient.
  • If having a replacement, new implants will be placed into the breast pocket.
  • The incision will then be closed with dissolvable stitches and covered with tape.
  • A surgical bra will then also be placed onto the patient which will need to be worn during your recovery period.
  • You will then be taken to recover in a recovery room for 1-3 hours.
  • Once the surgeon and nursing team are happy that you are safe to return home, you will be discharged and allowed to leave accompanied by a family member or friend.

After your breast implant removal or replacement procedure

A member of our nursing team will call you usually the day following your procedure to ensure you are feeling comfortable and recovering well. You will have been given details of our dedicated on-call nursing team who can be contacted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week should you have any worries or concerns during your recovery time.
You should avoid strenuous activities and exercise for 6 weeks and ideally have 1-2 weeks off work to recover.
You will be required to attend a series of follow-up appointments at The Private Clinic which include a 1-week check-up appointment with a nurse and then your 6-week post-operative appointment with your surgeon. At this stage you should be back to your everyday activities and your surgeon will be able to advise you on anything that you are unsure of and answer any questions.

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FAQs

  • Am I suitable for a Breast Augmentation?

    The size and shape of a woman’s bust can cause a great feeling of unhappiness and insecurity. In cases like these, a breast augmentation is a great way to provide both a safe and convenient solution to help restore confidence.

    There are many reasons why our patients decide to go ahead with breast augmentation but here at The Private Clinic we have a team of expert breast surgeons using the best techniques to help provide you with the results that you wish to achieve. All patients are handled with sensitivity and discretion.

    If you are over 18 years old, in good health and generally feeling fit and well then you will be suitable for a breast augmentation. However, in some cases, a breast augmentation may not be suitable for the results that you are expecting and in such cases an alternative or combined surgery method may be advised.

    The best way to ascertain your suitability for any type of surgery is to book a consultation to speak with your chosen surgeon. To book a consultation with our highly experienced surgeons click here.

  • What are the most natural looking breast implants?

    The right implant for you will be decided on by one of our expert breast surgeons. Your chosen breast implant will take into consideration your natural breast size and your body shape and frame.

    It is not possible to give an idea of one type of breast implant as different implant sizes, shapes and profiles will not all look the same on every patient. For each implant there are usually up to 4 different profiles which range from low to extra high and these decide on how much of the implant projects away from the chest wall.  A low profile will usually deliver more of a subtle or natural result but in certain cases the surgeon may advise that you go for a higher profile implant so that your breasts will be more in proportion to your body, therefore achieving a more natural result.

    Your surgeon will then discuss implant placement, usually for patients wanting a more natural implant result the implant will be placed below the muscle as this allows for more natural breast tissue to sit on top of the implant but in some cases it may be more appropriate to go an over the muscle option as that it what will suit your body the best.

    Taking care of your new breasts post-surgery will also have a big impact on the final result so it is very important to follow your surgeon’s aftercare advice to help you achieve the most natural result.

    We have an expert team of surgeons and nurses who will ensure that you receive the best advice both pre and post procedure to give you the best results.  To book a consultation click here or to find out more about the different types of breast implants take a look at our blog post here or view our breast augmentation video series here.

  • What is the difference between having your breast implants placed over the muscle or behind the muscle?

    Deciding where your breast implants are placed during breast augmentation surgery is decided by your surgeon and will be discussed in your consultation.

    Over the muscle may also be referred to as above the muscle or subglandular and it is when the breast implant is placed in front of the pectoralis minor and pectoralis major muscles that sit in your chest.  If you have a good amount of breast tissue then this option would be suitable for you as it will be able to help conceal the shape of the implant giving a more natural result.

    Under the muscle is also referred to as behind the muscle or Dual Plane. Although called under the muscle, usually the implant is never placed completely under the muscle as this is a relatively old fashioned breast augmentation technique. Instead the implant is placed under the pectoralis major muscle in the upper breast but above the serratus anterior muscle in the lower breast. Under the muscle is more commonly referred to as being dual plane and is normally the most favoured of techniques.  This option is best for patients who have little natural breast tissue as this method reduces the likelihood of your breast implants showing and gives a more natural looking result.

    Our expert breast surgeons are experienced in recommending the best breast augmentation technique to help suit you and your desired results.

    To book a consultation click here.

  • How Much Does Breast Augmentation Cost UK?

    The Private Clinic guides thousands of woman every year through their breast enlargement journey. We are committed to Medical Expertise, Patient Care and Satisfaction, Honest advice and most importantly the best breast enlargement results.

    The Private Clinic ensures you have the best cover and quality which includes;

    • A consultation with your specialist surgeon.
    • 24 hour patient helpline to ensure you are always in the best of hands.
    • Three years cover for all surgical, hospital and nursing care, in case of any medical issue giving you peace of mind.
    • The Private Clinic offers a unique warranty of £1000 towards surgical costs in case of rupture for 10 years from the date of your operation.
    • Comprehensive Breast Enlargement Patient Guide.
    • Highly experienced Cosmetic Breast Surgeons who have decades of experience.
    • Outstanding hospital facilities.
    • As many post-operative care and appointments with your surgeon and nursing team as required.
    • Our experience and medical expertise makes your journey a reassuring one click here

    Breast enlargement cost can be part of your decision to undergo a procedure but it should never be the deciding factor. Breast augmentation costs start from £5,800, it is an all inclusive procedure cost, with no hidden extras. Plus we have the best cover. See our comprehensive before and after photos and start your journey today.
    Book a consultation or request information.

    Consultations with our breast surgeons are £100 at our London Harley Street Clinic.

    Consultations with our breast surgeons are £50 at our Bristol, Buckinghamshire, Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester and Northampton clinics.

    We offer consultations with our highly experienced Patient Coordinators which require a £25 refundable deposit to secure your place.

    Patient coordinators are able to offer you all the information you require prior to meeting a surgeon.

  • Will I be able to see before and after photos of a breast augmentation procedure?

    Our surgeons at The Private Clinic will be more than happy to show you a selection of before and after photos of the procedure you are considering at your consultation. We do also have a breast augmentation before and after photo gallery for you to view on our website by clicking here.

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    Things to Consider

    Our advice on what to consider when deciding to have a breast implant removal or replacement procedure:

    1. When choosing a clinic, you should always do your research, and only go to an established, reputable clinic.

    The Private Clinic has been in the cosmetic surgery industry for over 35 years. We are here to answer all of your questions and give you peace of mind.

    2. When choosing a surgeon, make sure you know who you’ll be seeing. Their expertise, qualifications and patient satisfaction rate are important factors to take into consideration.

    At The Private Clinic, we only source the most experienced and specialised surgeons. Find out more about our plastic surgeons here.

    3. Price should never be the deciding factor when choosing where to have your treatment. Safety should be your number one priority and feeling confident that they will look after you – not only before, but also after your procedure

    4. When it sounds too good to be true, it often is. Always find out what implants are going to be used and what your clinic’s reputation is.

    Our surgeons use the highest quality CE Mark and FDA approved implants to ensure the very best results and safety standards.

    Our excellent reputation for patient safety and satisfaction, honest advice and outstanding care means your journey with The Private Clinic will be an exciting experience to a newfound shape.

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    I had a breast reduction performed by Mr Navid Jallali. I am absolutely thrilled with the results. I have less backache and less neck ache. The size and shape are absolutely fabulous.The clinic was amazing. The nursing staff in the hospital were superb. I would not hesitate to recommend this clinic and Mr Jalalli to anyone wanting a breast reduction.
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    2020-10-27
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    A really positive experience. Alex is a fantastic patient co-ordinator, so friendly and reassuring. After a few changes of plan due to Covid lockdown, I feel so grateful to have had the opportunity to have Dr Fattah performing my procedure. Extremely thorough and precise from the first consultation, I really trusted him. My main aim was to restore my figure after children/breastfeeding, with a really natural look that would work with my lifestyle, gym etc. Dr Fattah really “got” this and I trusted his judgement on size of implant and placement completely. I’m absolutely delighted with the result and the aftercare support has been great – surgery follow up and then annual check ups for reassurance. Thank you team, wouldn’t hesitate to recommend ?
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    From the start to finish of my T-Lift procedure, I felt in good hands. The entire team at The Private Clinic were very caring and professional. Mr Falladah is an excellent surgeon, he explained everything clearly -before and during the procedure – and has a calm and reassuring manner. Because I was well-informed regarding what to expect after surgery, I was able to manage with minimal pain medication, but I’m glad I took a couple of days off work to recover. I’m really pleased with the results – a five star recommendation!
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    I had preservation rhinoplasty with Dr Rochira in December 2019. I couldn’t be happier with my results. The results are very natural-looking and I feel so much more confident with my side profile. Dr Rochira is an amazing surgeon and I instantly felt comfortable. He knew exactly what I wanted and was very realistic with the results in my consultation. Thank you!
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    Dr. Rochira performed a preservation rhinoplasty on me in December 2019. I trusted his suggestions for my nose and now, 9 months later, I couldn’t be happier with the results I’m seeing. I did not experience any bruising at all, only swelling around my eyes for the first couple of weeks — my nose itself took a few months to settle and I feel like it has really grown into the rest of my features. I entirely recommend this surgeon if you are looking for a natural result and an extremely pleasant experience.

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    At The Private Clinic breast augmentation is performed by some of the UK’s top consultant plastic surgeons who have decades of experience.

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