Reasons for Procedure
- Abnormal scarring
- Painful and/or restricted arm and shoulder motion
- Uneven appearance of breasts, either due to position or size
- Difficulty breastfeeding
- Implant hardens, ruptures, leaks, or deflates
- Implant may make cancer detection with mammogram and/or self-exam more difficult
- Decreased sensation
- The need to have more surgeries, including having the implants removed
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
- Physical exam, including a careful breast exam
- Blood and urine tests
- Electrocardiogram (EKG)
- Take photos for comparison
- The night before, eat a light meal. Do not eat or drink anything after midnight.
- You may be asked to shower the morning of your procedure. You may be given special antibacterial soap to use.
- Arrange for a ride to and from the procedure.
- Arrange for help at home after returning from the hospital.
Description of the Procedure
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How Long Will It Take?
How Much Will It Hurt?
Average Hospital Stay
- You will wear a special bra or bandage to put pressure on the breasts. This will help to support your breasts and decrease the chance of bleeding.
- Your doctor may advise you to massage or move your implants.
Call Your Doctor
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or discharge at the incision site
- Discoloration in either breast
- Persistent nausea or vomiting
- Pain that you cannot control with the medications you were given
- Implants grow hard, or you believe that they are leaking
- Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
- Pain and/or swelling in your feet, calves, or legs
- Joint pain, fatigue, stiffness, rash, or other new symptoms
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Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons http://www.plasticsurgery.ca
Women's Health Matters http://www.womenshealthmatters.ca
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- Reviewer: Donald Buck, MD
- Review Date: 09/2015 -
- Update Date: 09/05/2014 -