Many women ask if it is possible to reuse their breast implants during breast revision surgery. In some cases it may be possible, it depends on the reason for revision surgery and the condition of the breast implants. The primary concern is proper sterilization of the implants.
Breast Implants May Have Bacteria
If the reason for the revision is with the implants themselves, replacement is necessary. Implants that have ruptured or deflated must be replaced. If a revision is due to capsular contracture, implants should be replaced because it is possible a layer of bacteria has developed on the surface that may not be entirely removed, increasing the risk of capsular contracture forming again.
Age of the Breast Implants Makes a Difference
If the implants are less than 5 years old and there is no issue of contamination or rupture, there are some situations the implants can be used again such as; malposition, bottoming out and symmastia. If implants are over 5 years old, there is less usable life left, and they should be replaced.
In the hands of an expert breast revision surgeon such as Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D. the pockets may be adjusted, sterility maintained, and the implants reinserted.
Implants do not need to be retreated for sterility as long as sterility is maintained during revision surgery.
Ask About Breast Implant Warranty
The manufacturers of breast implants give a lifetime warranty on their implants and will replace them at no charge if there is a deflation or a rupture. If a more expensive implant is chosen for replacement, the patient is only required to pay the difference. Manufacturers state that their implants are for a one time use only and reusing them will void the warranty.
Dr. Delgado uses Mentor implants for his patients. When scheduling surgery ask about Mentor’s Enhanced Protection Plan that offers 10 years of financial assistance for surgical and operating room costs should revision surgery be necessary.
There are exclusions to Mentor’s replacement warranty, Dr. Delgado’s staff will be happy to give you details. Call today (415) 898-4161 for a breast revision consultation with Dr. Delgado.