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Implant Removal & Replacement

Implant Removal & Replacement

Implant based augmentation usually requires some form of redo surgery every 10-15 years. This is usually due to one of two reasons… The breast tissue overlying the implant will have changed shape over this period, often becoming more droopy and due to this, the implant is no longer in an optimal position. The second common reason is “capsular contracture”. The body’s natural response to the implant is to form a thin capsule of scar tissue around it soon after surgery. This is not a problem and does not affect the cosmetic appearance or your health. In some women over time, the capsule gets progressively thicker and starts to contract. This causes the implant to feel unnaturally firm, rise up a little higher on the chest and become mis-shaped (more of a ball shape instead of a natural appearance). When this happens, it is called capsular contracture and an operation is required to remove the implant, remove the capsule (capsulectomy) and then replace the implant.

In cases where the breast tissue has become more drooped, as well as replacing the implant an uplift procedure is required to give a good cosmetic result (called an augment mastopexy).

Other reasons to have your implants removed or replaced is if they have ruptured, if you are concerned about the quality of the implant or if you are simply not happy with the fit or cosmetic appearance.


As a specialist breast surgeon in the NHS, Mr Pieri receives referrals from across the North East to deal with implant problems and more complex revisional or redo surgery in both purely cosmetic cases from the private sector and implant reconstructions following mastectomy for cancer. Book a free mini consultation to discuss what problems you’ve been having with your implant and Mr Pieri will be able to talk you through your options.


1-3 hours

Hosital Stay

0-1 nights

Return to Work

7 days

Recovery Time

6 weeks

Post-Op Bra

6 weeks