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Breast Implant Removal And Replacement (Capsulectomy)

Breast implant removal and replacement surgery is a procedure designed for women who wish to update, change, or remove their existing breast implants. This surgical approach can address different concerns, such as implant malposition, complications like capsular contracture, or simply the desire for a different size or type of implant to better suit one’s changing aesthetic preferences or lifestyle. Anca offers her expertise in this nuanced area of cosmetic surgery, providing patients with options that range from complete removal of the implants to replacement with new ones, possibly involving a different size, shape, or material. This procedure is also an opportunity to address any issues from previous surgeries, ensuring that the outcomes align with your current desires and expectations for their body image.

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At a glance

Length of breast implant removal and breast implant replacement
2 - 3 hours
General anaesthetic
Length of Stay
2 days
Up to 2 weeks
12 weeks

Table of Contents

Who Needs Breast Implant Removal and Replacement Surgery

Breast implant removal and replacement surgery caters to a diverse group of patients, each with their unique reasons for undergoing the procedure. Anca has identified several common scenarios among her patients:

  • Lifestyle Changes and Personal Preferences: Over time, your aesthetic preferences or lifestyle might evolve, leading to the desire for a different breast size or shape. Those seeking a more natural look, or wishing to resize their implants to better suit their current lifestyle, often consider this surgery.
  • Implant Complications: Some patients experience complications such as capsular contracture (hardening of the implant due to scar tissue), implant rupture, or displacement. Removal and replacement surgery addresses these issues, restoring comfort and appearance.
  • Ageing and Gravity Effects: The natural ageing process and gravity can alter the appearance of breast implants over time. Women looking to maintain or rejuvenate the youthful appearance of their breasts opt for this procedure to adjust to these changes.
  • Health Considerations: For health reasons, including concerns about the integrity of the implant or the desire to switch from saline to silicone (or vice versa), you may choose to have your implants removed and replaced.
  • Revision for Improved Results: Some patients may not be satisfied with the results from a previous breast augmentation surgery. Anca works with you to correct any issues and achieve the desired aesthetic outcome with a new set of implants.

Benefits of Breast Implant Removal and Replacement Surgery

Undergoing breast implant removal and replacement surgery with Anca offers numerous benefits, tailored to address the specific needs and goals of her patients:

  • Enhanced Comfort and Well-being: Addressing and correcting complications such as capsular contracture or implant rupture can significantly improve physical comfort and peace of mind.
  • Updated Aesthetic: This surgery allows you to update your breast size and shape to better match your current aesthetic preferences or lifestyle changes, contributing to a more satisfying body image.
  • Correction of Previous Surgery Issues: For those dissatisfied with the results of a prior augmentation, this procedure offers a chance for correction, aligning the outcomes more closely with your vision.
  • Natural Ageing Accommodation: As the body changes with age, implants may no longer complement the overall body shape as they once did. Removal and replacement surgery can adjust to these changes, maintaining a harmonious and youthful appearance.
  • Confidence Boost: Ultimately, the surgery can have a profound impact on self-esteem and confidence, allowing you to feel more comfortable and confident in your appearance, which can permeate all aspects of life.

Choosing to undergo breast implant removal and replacement is a significant decision that involves careful consideration of your health, aesthetic goals, and the potential for an enhanced quality of life. Anca’s expertise and personalised approach ensure that each patient receives the best possible care and outcomes that align with their individual desires and expectations.


Before & After

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Types of Breast Implant Removal and Replacement Procedures

Implant Removal Only

This procedure involves the removal of breast implants without replacing them. It’s suitable for patients who wish to return to their natural breast size or who have experienced complications. Anca may also perform a breast lift during this procedure to address any sagging caused by the removal of the implants.

Implant Exchange

If you are looking to change the size, shape, or type of your implants, you can opt for an implant exchange. This involves removing the existing implants and replacing them with new ones. Choices include switching between saline and silicone implants, adjusting the implant size, or selecting a different profile to achieve a desired aesthetic.


In cases of capsular contracture (where scar tissue forms around the implant, causing it to feel hard), Anca may perform a capsulectomy, removing the scar tissue along with the implant before replacing it with a new one. This procedure aims to alleviate discomfort and restore a natural feel and appearance.

Revision Surgery

This encompasses a variety of adjustments that can be made during the removal and replacement process, such as correcting implant malposition, addressing rippling, or making changes to the breast pocket. Anca tailors the revision strategy to address specific issues while achieving your desired outcome.

How Is the Procedure Performed

Anca plans and executes the breast implant removal and replacement procedure to ensure safety, comfort, and satisfaction. Here are the details of the process:

  • Consultation and Planning: The journey begins with a thorough consultation, where Anca discusses your medical history, reasons for seeking surgery, and aesthetic goals. This discussion helps in selecting the appropriate procedure and implants.
  • Anaesthesia: Procedures are performed under general anaesthesia to ensure your comfort throughout the surgery.
  • Incision: Anca typically uses the same incision sites from the previous breast augmentation to minimise additional scarring. The location and length of the incision depend on the specific procedure and the type of implants being used.
  • Removal and Replacement: Once the incision is made, Anca carefully removes the old implants. If a capsulectomy is required, the scar tissue around the implant is also removed. New implants are then placed into the breast pockets, which may be adjusted to accommodate the new implant size or shape.
  • Closure and Recovery: Incisions are closed with sutures, and the chest is bandaged or fitted with a surgical bra. Anca provides detailed aftercare instructions to support the healing process.

Breast implant removal and replacement surgery can be customised according to the specific needs and goals of each patient. Anca offers a range of options to ensure the best possible outcomes.


Recovery and Aftercare

The recovery period following breast implant removal and replacement surgery is a critical time for healing and achieving the best possible outcomes. Anca provides her patients with comprehensive guidance and support throughout this process, emphasising the importance of following aftercare instructions closely.

  • Immediate Post-Operative Care: Immediately after the procedure, you can expect some swelling, bruising, and discomfort. Anca prescribes pain management medications and may recommend ice packs to reduce swelling. A special surgical bra or compression garment is often required to support the new breast contour and minimise swelling.
  • Activity Restrictions: Patients are advised to take it easy for the first few weeks post-surgery. Strenuous activities, heavy lifting, and vigorous exercise should be avoided to prevent complications and ensure proper healing. Anca provides a tailored timeline for when normal activities and exercise routines can gradually be resumed.
  • Follow-Up Visits: Regular check-ups with Anca are essential. These appointments allow her to monitor the healing process, remove any sutures if necessary, and address any concerns you may have. These visits are also an opportunity for Anca to assess the settling of the implants and the overall success of the surgery.
  • Long-Term Care: Long-term care involves adhering to healthy lifestyle choices to maintain the surgery results. Anca advises on proper breast support, especially during physical activities, to prolong the outcomes. She also guides on scar care to ensure minimal visibility.


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How Much Is Breast Implant Removal and Replacement in the UK

The cost of breast implant removal and replacement surgery varies significantly across the UK, influenced by several factors, including the complexity of the procedure, the type of implants used, and the surgeon’s experience. Anca ensures transparency in all costs associated with the procedure, providing her patients with detailed estimates during the consultation phase.

  • Procedure Complexity: The cost can be affected by whether the surgery involves removal only, replacement, or additional procedures such as a breast lift. Each scenario requires different surgical techniques and operating times, influencing the overall price.
  • Type of Implants: The choice between saline and silicone implants plays a role in cost determination. Silicone implants are generally more expensive than saline options, affecting the final cost of replacement.
  • Surgeon’s Expertise: The surgeon’s extensive experience and specialised training in breast surgery may reflect in the pricing. Investing in a highly qualified surgeon is essential for ensuring safety and achieving desired outcomes.
  • Additional Expenses: Beyond Anca’s fee, the overall cost includes anaesthesia, facility fees, post-surgery garments, and follow-up care. Anca’s office provides a breakdown of all potential costs to help patients make informed financial decisions.

On average, patients might expect the cost for breast implant removal and replacement in the UK to range from £5,000 to £9,000, though prices can vary outside this range based on individual circumstances.

Choosing to undergo breast implant removal and replacement is a significant decision both emotionally and financially. Anca is committed to providing her patients with all the information they need to feel comfortable and confident in their choice, ensuring a transparent and supportive journey from the initial consultation through to recovery and beyond.

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Frequently asked questions

If you wish to change the size of your implants (go bigger or smaller), experience symptoms related to hardening or rupture of your implants, or simply have decided that you no longer require them, then you may be suitable for this treatment.

Due to the popularity of breast augmentation, implant replacement and capsulectomy is a commonly performed procedure and considered to be safe. Your welfare is paramount to us and these operations are performed by Miss Breahna, a skilled surgeon who specialises in this field.

No pain will be felt during the operation itself as general anaesthetic will be used. For the recovery period, post treatment, a suitable course of pain relief will be prescribed to help with any discomfort.

As with breast augmentation, the removal and replacement of implants will also see swelling and bruising for a few weeks post treatment. Infection, bleeding (haematoma), seroma, delayed healing, loss of nipple, poor scarring and asymmetry are infrequent risks.

The procedure may incur a period of 2 weeks recovery time to allow for successful healing, and time off work may be required. Driving will be possible after 2 weeks. It may need up to 3 weeks before travelling abroad and up to 12 weeks before returning to the gym.

About Anca Breahna – Consultant Plastic Surgeon

top UK cosmetic surgeon anca breahnaMs Anca Breahna, PhD, MSc, FEBOPRAS, FRCS (Plast) is a highly regarded Consultant Plastic Surgeon specialising in the field of Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery. Anca performs a range of breast, body and face surgery and minor skin procedures.

As one of the very few female Plastic Surgeons in her region, she is able to offer that unique female perspective, with empathy, attention to detail and personalised care.

Anca Breahna’s surgical training has been largely undertaken within the United Kingdom. She began a rigorous training programme in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in 1999, after achieving her medical degree from the University of Bucharest. Miss Breahna attained her PhD degree at the same university in 2007 for her medical research. She then relocated to the UK to further extend her qualifications and training.

Anca’s NHS practice is now focused on Breast Reconstructive Surgery, Skin Cancer Surgery, Hand Surgery and soft tissue reconstruction. Over the last 15 years, through her pursuit of further training and education, Anca has developed a special interest and expert practical experience in a range of Aesthetic Breast and Body Surgery.

It is Anca’s true dedication and commitment to her field, that sets her aside from her peers. Her extensive surgical training means that you are in safe hands. She is renowned for providing exceptional care, support and helping achieve realistic goals for her patients.

Anca will treat you in a straightforward manner, with respect, consideration and empathy to ensure you are comfortable with your choice.



Your Next Steps

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  • All Surgery has risks and potential complications. Please read more about the risks of your surgery.

Making The Most Of Your Consultation

  • A Medical Referral from your Doctor before your consultation is not compulsory however  it is recommended.
  • Please arrive slightly early for your in-person consultation with Anca – Car parking is available on-site at all hospitals.
  • You are welcome to bring a friend or relative to help consider the information and discuss your options.
  • Please be aware you may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes.
  • Ensure you also take a lot of notes during the consultation and thoroughly read all the documents provided.

Want more information before scheduling your consultation?

Please call to find out more about availability, pricing and medical payment plans or to request more information about the procedure, contact us.

How to Book your Consultation with Anca Breahna – Plastic Surgeon

You can book your consultation with Anca by paying the £150 cosmetic consultation fee when you make your appointment. This fee covers further consultations about the same concern.

Contact Anca’s Team

Call Claire on 0800 080 6026 or Joedy on 03332 244111 to arrange your consultation or email us for more information.

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