Everything You Need to Know About Breast Implant Revision

Recently, I decided to do a breast implant revision.  Me and my implants have had many great years together – 12 years actually.  We’ve seen many countries, competitions, beaches, some great clothes and everywhere in between.  But after 12 years, it was time for a change.

While a lot of women these days are opting for breast implant excision or removal with some reconstruction.  I am not!  Why?  Unlike some women who have had experiences that impacted their health, I have not.  In fact, up until the last year, I have literally had no complications or issues.  In addition, I like my big boobs, why get rid of them now.  Here’s the rundown on when and why you should consider breast implant revision.

When Should You Remove/Replace Your Breast Implants?

It is completely dependent on how your body handles your implants.  Typical duration is anywhere from 10 to 15 years according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, but again that’s dependent on a lot of factors.

I was lucky – I had little scar tissue and my implants were still soft.  So why change?  After 12 years of active movement, fitness competitions, running, jumping and lots of heavy weightlifting this has resulted in shifting, movement and a drop in my implants.  In fact, my implants moved completely out of their pockets.  And let’s add gravity to that, over time, life just happens.

Why Remove Your Breast Implants

Not sure if you’re a candidate for changing up your implants?  Here are a few signs that it’s time for a removal!

Hardening and Scar Tissue – this can form around the implants, causing pain and discomfort, plus it can change the look of the implant, known as capsular contracture.  Hardening can also happen from the build-up of calcium around the implant.

Rupture – this one is obvious, you’ll know if you’ve experienced a rupture, particularly if you have saline implants or silicone implants that are not gel.  The implant will deflate, and so will the breast.

Rippling – this could happen at the bottom of the implant, if it has been placed under the muscle and is now bottoming out.

Movement – this happens due to your daily life activities and gravity.  Overtime, the implants will shift and move position.

Autoimmune Response – some women have an autoimmune response to the foreign implant in the body. According to one study, as many as 26% of women who get silicone breast implants are likely to develop an autoimmune disease.

Time for an Implant Change – Silicone or Saline?

My first set of implants were NATRELLE, saline implants from Allergen – at the time, this decision was based on bad press that silicone implants were receiving.  I opted for saline, since if a rupture did occur, I would only be releasing salty water into my body.

For my second surgery – I have opted for NATRELLE again, but silicone cohesive gel instead.  These implants are literally like gummy bears inside, they don’t leak.  They also have a slightly different feel, unlike saline that can sometimes feel like water bags. Overall, silicone gel implants hold their shape better over time, have less complications than saline and look and feel more natural.

What to Expect With Breast Implant Revision – Removal & Replacement

I found a reputable clinic – Form Face & Body that handled not only breast implant placement, but also removal, reconstruction, and replacement.  After my initial consultation, I decided on the type of implant and discussed what would happen during the surgery.

During my surgery, the old implants were removed via an incision along the bottom of the breast at the fold.  The scar tissue and tissue capsule were removed. I also had a breast lift, removing tissue from the bottom of the breast and using this tissue as part of the reconstruction.  The new implants were then placed under the muscle, in the same position as previously and the incision closure was made.


How I’m Handling My Recovery

Recovery your second time around is faster!  Instead of a typical 8-weeks, you can be functioning and feeling more like yourself after as little as 4-weeks, but this needs to be decided by your doctor.  Here’s what I’m doing to keep my weight and shape in top form until I can be back to my active self again!

  1. Modified Keto Diet – I started the keto diet prior to my surgery to get on top of my 🥑🥥🍳🍗🥩nutrition! Post-surgery it’s important to allow the body to heal, so exercise and activity are kept to much lower levels then I’m accustom to, following a diet helps keep my weight maintained, in fact I’m down 10 lbs! ⁠
  2. Collagen & Protein Supplements – supplementing with good nutrition is important post recovery! Both collagen and protein will help repair and rebuild the reconstructive work that was done. ⁠
  3. Non-Impact, Low Resistance Exercise – walking lots and lots 🏃‍♀️ and starting to perform low resistance leg exercises since I can’t move my upper body just yet!⁠ Basically I’m moving like a raptor 🦖 these days!
  4. Eating Lots of Plants – fruits and veggies 🥑🥦🍅🥕provide tons of antioxidants, fibre and all the good things we need for recovery!⁠
  5. Using Smart Devices – tracking my heart rate, and steps, plus monitoring my metabolism using my lumen⁠!

If you want more information on breast implant removal, replacement and reconstruction be sure to do your research. Go for a few consultations, speak to other women who’ve had it done and make the best decision for you!

Until Next Time,

Be Fierce & Rule the World,

Lauren Jacobsen

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