changement implants

Changing implants

Changing breast implants involves replacing existing prostheses with newer models. It aims to optimize breast aesthetics, treat any complications and ensure the patient’s well-being.

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changement d'implant

Breast implant replacement is a surgical procedure commonly performed at the Claris Clinic. This procedure replaces existing breast implants with new ones.

Breast prosthesis replacement can improve a patient‘s appearance and comfort, while enabling her to benefit from advances in breast implant technology.

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approx. 45 minutes
General anesthesia
4 to 7 days

What is breast implant replacement?

broken prosthesesBreast implant replacement is the removal of existing breast implants and their replacement with new ones. The aim is to improve the appearance of the breasts, resolve any complications and ensure patient comfort.

There are many reasons to consider breast prosthesis replacement. They may include dissatisfaction with the size or shape of current implants, the occurrence of complications such as implant rupture, capsular contracture, or prosthesis displacement. Sometimes, the change is simply due to the patient’s desire to benefit from the latest advances in breast prostheses.

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The breast implant replacement process

The process of changing breast implants at Claris Clinic begins with a pre-operative consultation. During this consultation, the surgeon discusses the patient’ s expectations, assesses the condition of the current prostheses and suggests the most appropriate replacement options.

Preparation for the procedure can include specific instructions on diet, medication and smoking. The procedure itself is performed under general anaesthetic and usually lasts just under an hour. After the procedure, post-operative follow-up is provided to monitor the patient’s recovery and ensure that the new prostheses are correctly positioned.

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The safety and efficacy of breast implant replacement

At Claris Clinic, patient safety is our top priority. We follow rigorous protocols to ensure the safety of every breast implant replacement procedure.

implant changeThe expected results of the procedure are discussed in detail with the patient during the preoperative consultation. Modern breast implants are designed to be durable, but it’s important to note that no implant can be considered permanent, and future replacement may be necessary.

As with any surgical procedure, breast prosthesis replacement involves certain risks and possible complications, which are also discussed in detail with the patient prior to the procedure.

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The process of changing implants

Preliminary consultation

Prior to any breast implant surgery, an in-depth individual consultation takes place. The specialist provides detailed information about the procedure, taking into account the needs and expectations of each patient. If the decision to proceed is made, further appointments are scheduled to assess the condition of the current implants, discuss replacement options and detail the surgical procedure. An anesthesia consultation is also scheduled.

Choice of incision technique and implant position

The size of the existing prosthesis, the nature of the breast and the reasons for replacement influence the choice of incision technique and position of the new prosthesis. After a thorough interview, the doctor will decide on the most appropriate incision technique, which is usually the fold under the breast.

When it comes to placing the new breast prosthesis, there are also three options to consider:

  • Subglandular position: the implant is placed between the mammary gland and the pectoral muscle;
  • Sub-muscular position: the implant is placed under the pectoral muscle;
  • Dual plane technique: the implant is placed partially under the pectoral muscle.

These options will be discussed in detail with the patient to select the best approach according to her specific needs and the characteristics of her current prostheses.

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The surgical procedure

The breast implant replacement procedure generally lasts just under an hour, and is performed under general anaesthetic. As a general rule, existing implants are removed and new ones inserted via an incision in the fold beneath the breast. The new breast forms can be placed in front of or behind the pectoral muscle, depending on the patient’s morphology and preferences.

After the operation, a membrane of collagen naturally produced by the body, called the shell, surrounds the prosthesis. This can sometimes thicken and change the shape of the breast. However, the new cohesive silicone gel prostheses reduce the formation of this thick shell, making for a more natural feel. As a result, it is no longer necessary to systematically position the implant very deeply, especially for women who want larger prostheses after weight loss or pregnancy.

Immediate post-operative care

Breast implant replacement, performed under general anesthesia, takes around one hour for the procedure, anesthesia and recovery. Suction drains are generally no longer required. Once the operation is over, you will be monitored in your room for a few hours before being allowed to return home, with a prescription for oral analgesics. It is advisable to be accompanied for the journey home. Our medical team will also ensure rigorous post-operative follow-up of your breast implant change, and will remain at your disposal should you have any questions or concerns.

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Post-operative follow-up with the surgeon who performed the breast implant change is necessary. A consultation is usually organized soon after surgery to assess wound healing, and again two or three weeks later. A check-up after six weeks is also planned to examine the position of the implants, and a check-up after six months is recommended. Follow-up care is generally specific to each surgeon and may vary slightly on a case-by-case basis.

Following the operation, the chest may feel tense, especially if the new prostheses are larger or placed differently. We recommend wearing a non-wired bra day and night for six weeks after prosthesis replacement (to be adapted according to the surgeon).

The wound, 3 to 5 cm in size, is usually covered with a watertight dressing, enabling you to take a shower the day after changing your breast implants. Sutures are absorbable and do not need to be removed. It may take several weeks to see the final result of the procedure.

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The result

It usually takes 3 to 4 months for the results of a breast implant change to be fully appreciated, as the breasts regain their suppleness and the new implants stabilize. Without aiming for perfection, and with realistic expectations, we can say that breast implant replacement can improve the overall silhouette and offer greater freedom of dress.

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Breast prosthesis replacement is a common and safe surgical procedure for improving breast size, shape and symmetry. Our clinic offers personalized solutions for each patient, using the latest techniques and cutting-edge technologies to guarantee natural, long-lasting results. This is an important and personal decision, which is why we take the time to understand your needs and expectations so we can offer you the most suitable treatment.

Contact us to learn more about breast implant replacement and to schedule a consultation with our team of plastic surgery specialists.

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The cost of breast surgery

Changing breast implants
de 4175 € à 4950 € (*)
Breast augmentation with prostheses
de 4955 € à 5475 € (*)
First consultation
de 30 € à 70 €
*depending on the type of implant. All our prices are indicative and include VAT. The complete and precise estimate will be validated during the consultation with the surgeon.


When is it necessary to change breast implants?

Breast implants may need to be replaced for a variety of reasons. Some patients may wish to change the size or shape of their prostheses, while others may require replacement due to complications such as implant rupture, capsular contracture or implant displacement. Sometimes, implants simply age and need to be replaced to maintain the appearance of the breasts.

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What are the signs that I need to change my dentures?

Signs that breast prosthesis replacement may be necessary include noticeable changes in the look or feel of the breasts, such as hard breasts, chest pain, changes in size or shape, or asymmetry. If you notice any of these signs, we recommend that you consult your plastic surgeon for an evaluation.

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What are the different types of breast implants available?

There are several types of breast prosthesis available for replacement, including silicone and saline. Silicone implants are popular for their natural feel, while saline implants are generally not used due to potential leakage and less natural appearance. Implants are also available in different sizes, shapes and profiles to meet the individual needs of each patient.

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What are the possible risks and complications of changing prostheses?

As with any surgical procedure, breast prosthesis replacement involves certain risks and possible complications. These can include infections, bleeding, reaction to anesthesia, changes in breast sensation, implant-related complications such as rupture or capsular contracture, and the need for further surgery. It is important to discuss these risks with your surgeon before the operation.

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What are the expected results after a denture replacement?

After breast prosthesis replacement, patients can expect an improvement in the appearance of their breasts, with improved size, shape and symmetry. Results vary according to each patient’s individual goals, but most patients are satisfied with their improved figure and self-confidence. It generally takes 3 to 4 months to fully appreciate the results, as the breasts regain their suppleness and the implants stabilize.

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Is changing breast implants painful?

Pain after breast prosthesis replacement varies from patient to patient, but most report some pain and discomfort in the days following the procedure. These symptoms are generally manageable with pain medication prescribed by the surgeon. As the breasts heal, pain and discomfort should diminish.

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