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Implant Removal & Replacement

Conveniently located to serve Virginia Beach

Breast implant removal and replacement is a surgical procedure that is often performed to replace damaged breast implants, address issues as a result of breast augmentation surgery, or to remove breast implants that are no longer wanted. Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Lopes performs breast implant removal and replacement surgery at our cosmetic surgery center in Virginia Beach.

Reasons for Implant Removal and Replacement

There are different reasons why an implant may be removed and replaced. The most common reason is implant deflation or rupture. If this were to happen to you, there is no risk or need to panic. A deflated saline implant will not harm you, it will just look odd because one breast is fuller and larger than the other breast. If your silicone implant has ruptured this can only be determined by MRI because your breast will look normal and feel normal as usual. It is important to make an appointment so an evaluation can be performed and your replacement scheduled. At this point you have an option of replacing the implant with a similar saline or you can choose a silicone implant. One or both implants can be replaced at this time and we will review the terms of your original warranty. Both Mentor and Inamed implants have a lifetime warranty for the implant alone and you may be eligible for the financial supplement associated with your original warranty.

Patients for Life

  • “I went to Dr Lopes to fix a implant deflation. She took the time to answer all if my questions. I decided to remove both implants and go a size larger. Her staff is wonderful and she did an amazing job. My breasts are now very natural looking and are the size I originally wanted ( went to a different surgeon the first time). My breasts are perfect!!!! I will definitely be going to her again for any future procedures!”

The Procedure

The surgery will be performed under general anesthesia. The implant will be removed and any alterations to the capsule if needed will be performed at that time. If the original implant was placed in the submuscular position at the time of the original operation, then the second operation is usually much less uncomfortable than the first. If however the implant needs to be changed from a subglandular position to a submuscular position, you may have more discomfort post operatively.

Recovering from Implant Removal and Replacement

There will be some bruising and swelling that will subside over the course of your recovery. Any pain or discomfort can be managed with medication. Most patients can return to work 5 to 7 days after the operation. Exercise may be resumed anywhere from 1 to 4 weeks depending upon the operation.

Implant Removal for Capsular Contracture

Sometimes the implant may need to be replaced if you have developed capsule contracture. If this were the case, the breast may feel firm from the capsule thickening. At the time of surgery, if the implant was placed subglandular it may be changed to a submuscular position. Also, capsulectomy, capsulotomy or ADM may be added to your procedure. In any event, I will discuss the options at your pre-operative evaluation.

It is very helpful if you can bring along the operative note or if you have the knowledge of the type, size, and position of the original implant surgery.

The Cost of Implant Removal and Replacement

The cost of your implant removal and replacement in Virginia Beach will be determined by several different factors. During your consultation, Dr. Lopes can go over the steps of the procedure and let you know what the expected cost of your implant removal will be. We do offer financing options through United Medical Credit, CareCredit®, GreenSky, and Alphaeon® Credit.

Schedule a Consultation

Contact the Cosmetic Surgery Center today to schedule a consultation for your implant removal and replacement in Virginia Beach. Dr. Lopes is a highly-skilled plastic surgeon who specializes in breast procedures. Dr. Lopes strives to provide our patients with personalized care and natural-looking results.

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Your Remove and Replace Breast Implants will be performed by Dr. JoAnne Lopes at the Cosmetic Surgery Center located in Virginia Beach, VA.

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