A replacement of breast prostheses is necessary when they have deteriorated over time, or you want to change the aesthetics of the breasts.

The change of the prosthesis is done with outpatient surgery, with no need for hospitalization.

Breasts surgery in women is one of the most sought after plastic surgery interventions. The number of women who choose to wear mammary prosthesis implants is increasing. That is why, at the same time, there are more and more frequent cases in which their replacement is required; Because a size change is desired or because of the deterioration or even the breakage that prostheses can suffer throughout life. Then it is possible that a change by a new prosthesis, or a more reliable brand, is desirable.

Replacement of breast prostheses is a recommended option for many of those women who underwent a breast augmentation for a long time, and who now want a profile more in line with their physical characteristics, since with age the body can have changes , It loses turgidity and elasticity in the skin and the effect of loss of muscle tone in the woman's breasts.

Replacement of prostheses is an operation in which the mammary prosthesis is removed and replaced with new ones, this is generally done whenever the person wants to continue preserving the breast augmentation achieved with the first surgery.

Prosthetic replacement may be necessary by:

  1. Aesthetic changes for the desire to achieve a larger size or change the shape.
  2. By Capsular Contracture of the Prosthesis.
  3. Accidental breakage or deterioration of the prosthesis.

Frequent questions

For the prosthesis replacement operation, the patient's own scar is usually used, the result of the previous operation. The only exception is when the patient has a scar in the submammary sulcus and in the prosthesis replacement, it is also necessary to make a mammary Pexia or lift the areola-nipple complex. In this case, a periareolar scar is chosen.

The prosthesis replacement surgery has an average duration of 1 to 2 hours. If the change of prosthesis is caused by enlargement or by prosthetic rupture, the surgery is usually of short duration. If the change of prosthesis is motivated by capsular contracture, in this case extracting the capsule will require more surgical time.

Recovery from this surgery is quite rapid. Usually the area involved usually stays inflamed for a few days. The areolas and other areas of the chest may temporarily undergo sensitivity alterations and as much as there may be hypersensitivity to touch in one or both breasts, these can gradually diminish until their total disappearance with the passage of days.


If the change of prosthesis is caused by an increase in size or prosthetic rupture, there is almost no postoperative pain and recovery is quite rapid. If the change of prosthesis is due to capsular contracture, a little more edema and pain may be present postoperatively. The pain is controlled fairly well with painkillers.


The first 48 hours after the operation require rest; And during the first 10 days you will not be able to lift weights with the arms, nor make efforts with them. It is very important not to expose the scars to the sun during the summer months as they could become permanently stained and darkened, making the scars visible.


The return to work and normal activity can take place between the sixth and seventh day of the intervention, although everything will depend on the type of work and the demands of it.

If you notice any symptoms such as lumps or nodules around the prosthesis or in the armpit region, notice changes in the size or shape of the prosthesis, or pains, swelling, heat sensation, tightness of the breast or pain, this can be Which is due to a rupture of the mammary prosthesis, or may also be symptoms of other diseases.

If you are most interested in this breast implant replacement, it is essential that you make a consultation with your plastic surgeon to clarify any type of doubt or concern you may have.