Breast prostheses may cause complications after about 10 years. A prosthesis change then offers a solution. In this procedure, we replace your current breast implants before they can cause problems. Also, if you suffer from capsular contracture, our surgeons perform a prosthesis change. On this page you can read more about treatment, aftercare and costs.
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The treatment process
What is the treatment process for a denture change?
60 – 90 minutes
In preparation for the prosthesis replacement, you will have a consultation with the plastic surgeon in charge, in which we explain how a prosthesis replacement works. Here we will discuss the entire treatment process and you will be informed in detail about the pros and cons of a prosthesis change, the aftercare and the risks and possible complications associated with the surgery. Also, during the consultation, it will be determined whether your personal wishes fit your initial situation. In the end, what matters is your satisfaction, which is why we want you to think carefully about the outcome, risks and complications.
In addition, there is room to ask your questions about a prosthesis change. When choosing breast implants, we always consider your wishes, your figure and the quality of your skin. Do you not want silicone prostheses? In some cases it is possible to enlarge the breasts with your own body fat or lipofilling. To be eligible for lipofilling, you need sufficient body fat. Ask your surgeon about the possibilities.
A consultation is subject to a €100 consultation fee. These 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. Do you suffer from capsule formation? The surgeon removes this scar tissue. When 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 help recovery. Wound fluid may come 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. In most cases, this happens 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.
What does a denture change cost?
|Prosthesis change single-sided||€ 4.500,-||General anesthesia||Yes|
|Prosthesis change double-sided||€ 6.790,-||General anesthesia||Yes|
|Prosthesis change double-sided with lift||€ 8.540,-||General anesthesia||Yes|
|Add Internal Bra||€ 1.000,-|
|Addition lipofilling||from €3,500|
Results prosthesis change
“I was very nervous before my denture change. I knew I was suffering from capsular contracture. The surgeon was very kind and understanding. He calmly went through the whole procedure with me.”