After approximately 10 years, breast implants may lead to complications. To address this issue, we offer a solution: prosthetic replacement. This procedure involves replacing your current breast implants proactively, before any problems arise. If you are also dealing with capsular contracture, our skilled surgeons can perform a prosthesis replacement. On this page, you can find detailed information about the treatment process, aftercare, and associated costs.
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The treatment process
What is the procedure for changing a prosthetic?
60 – 90 minutes
Prior to replacing the prosthesis, you will have a consultation with a skilled plastic surgeon. During this consultation, we will explain the process of prosthesis replacement in detail. We will discuss the entire treatment journey, providing you with comprehensive information on the advantages and disadvantages of prosthesis exchange, postoperative care, as well as the potential risks and complications associated with the surgery. Additionally, we will assess if your personal preferences align with your initial situation. Ultimately, your satisfaction is of utmost importance, which is why we encourage you to carefully consider the expected outcome, potential risks, and complications.
In addition, there is room to ask questions about a prosthesis change. When choosing breast implants, we always take into account your desires, your body type, and the quality of your skin. Don’t want silicone implants? In some cases, it is possible to increase breast size using your own body fat or lipofilling. To be eligible for lipofilling, you need to have sufficient body fat. Ask your surgeon about the possibilities.
For a consultation, a fee of 100 euros will be charged. This amount will be deducted from the final price of the treatment.
A denture change takes place under general anesthesia and takes an average of one hour to an hour and a half. Through the old scar, the plastic surgeon removes the old prosthesis. Except for implants inserted through the armpit. Are you suffering from capsular contracture? The surgeon removes this scar tissue. Once the prosthesis is inserted, the incisions are carefully sutured and taped with a band-aid. If necessary, the breasts are bandaged with supportive dressings, which aid in recovery. There may be wound fluid coming out of the wound after surgery. To drain the wound fluid properly, two thin tubes (drains) are inserted. When hardly any fluid drips from the wound, the tubes are removed. This happens in most cases the next morning.
Your breasts may feel sore and tight after a prosthesis change. A few days after surgery, the pain gradually subsides. To help promote breast recovery, we have some tips:
- For the first six weeks after surgery, wear a sports bra without underwire day and night. We will give you this bra after surgery.
- For the first six weeks after surgery, avoid any form of intense exercise. Consider sports or heavy lifting.
- Movements that you can perform painlessly will continue to be allowed. These will not interfere with recovery.
For several months after the denture change, the nipples may feel extra sensitive or less sensitive. These symptoms are normal and generally disappear after a few months. To make sure that we can intervene immediately in case of any complications and to relieve you in the first important hours after the procedure, we recommend staying one night in the hospital in most cases. Even if the clinic is closed, you can reach us 7 days a week, 24 hours a day through the hospital where our surgeons are on alternating duty.
For the first six weeks after a denture change, scars are swollen and red. After this period, this gradually decreases. In total, the healing process of scars takes a year to a year and a half. To promote this process, we recommend using a good scar cream and keeping your scars out of the sun as much as possible.
With capsular contracture, scar tissue forms around the prosthesis. This tissue can feel hard and may even cause you to have to undergo a prosthesis replacement. In the process, we not only change your implants, we also need to clear your breasts of capsule tissue.
Risks protheses change
A denture change is a surgical procedure. And that comes with its associated risks. Among these risks are the following complications:
- Change in feeling in and around your breasts
- Allergic reaction or infection
- Displacement of the breast prosthesis
By educating you as best we can, we minimize the chance of complications and reduce risks. Do you have questions about the risks of a denture change? If so, please feel free to contact us on 023 544 4974.
How much does a prosthetic change cost?
At Blooming Plastic Surgery, we recognize the significance of cost when considering a denture change. That’s why we provide affordable denture exchanges, prioritizing exceptional patient care and delivering outstanding results. Rest assured, you can expect premium quality and affordability from our services.
At Blooming Plastic Surgery, the price for replacing a denture starts from €4,500. This includes all treatment costs, such as consultations, the surgical team, anesthesia, and aftercare. The exact amount may vary depending on the complexity of the procedure and your personal needs.