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Replacing Breast Implants (Breast Revision Surgery)

The objective of Breast Implant Replacement surgery may not only change the aesthetic aspect of the breasts but also resolve any concerns associated with prior implants. The surgical approach will be customised to suit the individual’s specific situation and their desired outcomes.

Why consider Breast Implant Revision?

Desired Aesthetics

Implant rupture or leakage

Physical Discomfort


It is essential to consult with a specialist Plastic Surgeon with extensive experience in Breast Revision Surgery. During a consultation the surgeon will evaluate your requirements and objectives, suggest the most suitable methods and discuss the potential risks and complications, results, and costs associated with the procedure.

Am I a Suitable Candidate for Breast Implant Replacement (Breast Revision) Surgery

Generally, a suitable candidate for Breast Implant Replacement surgery is someone who;

  • Has had an MRI diagnosed of ruptured implant/implants
  • Wishes to change the shape, size and/or type of implant
  • Has saline implants wishing to change to newer silicone implants
  • Wishes to reduce implant visibility or rippling
  • Has Capsular Contracture
  • Has had same implants for 10+ years, (most manufacturers recommend a 10-year life span)
  • Has Realistic expectations
  • Is unhappy with the result from a previous breast surgery

Possible Results of Breast Implant Replacement Surgery

Breast Implant Replacement surgery offers several possible results which can vary depending on the individual’s specific goals and circumstances, including:

  • Desired Aesthetics
    • Patients can change the size, shape, or type of implants to better match their desired look or correct issues such as asymmetry.
  • Addressing Complications
    • Breast implant replacement can resolve complications that may have arisen with the existing implants, such as rupture, leakage, capsular contracture (scar tissue formation around the implant), implant malposition, or visible rippling.
  • Addressing Discomfort
    • Patients who experienced discomfort or pain due to complications with their original implants may find relief after replacement surgery.
  • Longevity
    • Modern breast implants are designed to be durable but they are not intended to last a lifetime.
    • Replacement allows patients to maintain their desired breast size and shape while ensuring the longevity and safety of their implants.
  • Customisation
    • Breast implant replacement surgery offers the opportunity to customise the breast appearance according to the patient’s preferences and lifestyle changes.
  • Updated Technology
    • Over time advancements in implant technology may offer better options in terms of materials, shapes, and textures.
    • Replacement surgery allows patients to take advantage of these innovations.
  • Symmetry
    • Breast implant replacement can help correct breast asymmetry.

It is important to remember that the results of Breast Implant Replacement surgery should be discussed in detail with a highly skilled and qualified surgeon. The surgeon will assess the patient’s specific situation, goals, and concerns and provide personalised recommendations based on their individual needs.

Breast Implant Replacement Surgery The Procedure

Although every surgery is tailored to the patients needs, the steps are generally as follows:

On the day of the surgery, the patient will be placed under general anesthesia.

Incision and Implant Removal
The surgeon makes incisions, typically in the same location as the initial breast augmentation surgery incisions. The old breast implants are carefully removed. If there are any complications, such as capsular contracture, the surgeon may address them during this stage.

Assessment and Tissue Adjustment
The surgeon assesses the condition of the breast tissues and the implant pocket. Any necessary adjustments to the implant pocket or surrounding tissues may be made to ensure the optimal positioning of the new implants.

New Implant Placement
If the patient chooses to replace their existing implants with new ones, the surgeon inserts the new implants according to the size, shape and type. The surgeon takes care to achieve the desired appearance.

Closure of Incisions
Once the new implants are in place the surgeon closes the incisions with sutures. Skin closure techniques aim to reduce scarring.

Recovery and Observation
The patient is monitored as they awaken from the anesthetic. They may be observed in a recovery area for a period to ensure their stability.

Risks and Complications

  • Infection
  • Bleeding and haematoma
  • Scarring
  • Anesthesia complications
  • Changes in breast and nipple sensation
  • Capsular contracture – scar tissue forms around the implant
  • Implant malposition
  • Implant rupture or leakage
  • Asymmetry
  • Seroma
  • Delayed healing
  • Allergic reactions
  • DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis)
  • PE (Pulmonary Embolism)
  • Unsatisfactory results

All surgery has risks – for detailed information about the risks and potential complications of Breast Implant Replacement surgery please visit the risks of surgery page.


Recovery from Breast Implant Replacement surgery is an important phase in achieving desired results and minimising the risk of complications. The specific recovery experience can vary from person to person. Maintaining open communication with your surgeon, following their post-operative instructions and giving your body adequate time to heal are crucial for a successful recovery. It is essential to have realistic expectations about the timeline for seeing final results, as the healing process can be gradual.

It is common to experience pain, discomfort and swelling after the surgery which can be managed by pain medication. Sterile dressings and bandages are typically applied to the incision sites and patients are often instructed to wear a surgical or sports bra to provide support to the breasts and help minimise swelling.

In the first few weeks, patients should avoid strenuous activities, lifting heavy objects, or any activities that could strain the chest muscles. Your surgeon will advise when you can start gradually increasing your activity and when you can resume normal activities.

It can take several months for the breasts to settle into their final position and for swelling to fully subside. Patience is key in seeing the full results of the surgery.

Regular follow up appointments with the surgeon are necessary to monitor healing and address any concerns or complications that may arise.

How Much does Breast Implant Replacement Cost?

  • The cost of surgery can be influenced by several factors such as the type of implant chosen, the complexity of the procedure, the Surgeon’s fees, Anaesthetist’s fees, length of stay in hospital and other related expenses.
  • In Melbourne the average cost of breast implant replacement and breast revision surgery ranges from $16,000 to $30,000.
    • It is important to consult with your surgeon to obtain a personalised quote based on your circumstances and desired outcome.
  • Choosing a qualified and experienced surgeon is crucial for a desired outcome, so it is not recommended to base your decision solely on cost.
    • Always prioritise safety and the quality of care when considering breast implant replacement surgery.

Why Choose Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery?

Not all Surgeons have the same experience or intensive training and qualifications. Be sure you learn the differences between a Plastic Surgeon, a General Surgeon, a Cosmetic Surgeon or other types of Surgeon.

Choosing a Specialist Plastic Surgeon means you are choosing an accredited recognised plastic surgeon that performs surgery in an accredited hospital. Look for members of;

  • FRACS (Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons)
  • ASPS (Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons)
  • ASAPS (Australian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons)
  • or, ISAPS (International Society Aesthetic Plastic Surgery) as some of the Qualifications of your Plastic Surgeon.

Our Breast Implant Replacement Surgeons

Dr Craig Rubinstein, Dr Gary Kode and Dr Broughton Snell are highly experienced, fully qualified specialist plastic surgeons with current FRACS (Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons) memberships.

How to Book your Initial Consultation

  • Email us below or Call on (03) 8849 1400 to arrange your surgeon consultation appointment OR
  • A Referral from your General Practitioner (GP) or from your Medical Specialist is required (as of 1st July 2023).
  • A consultation with one of our surgeons is $300.00

Want more information before Scheduling your Surgeon consultation?

  • Request more information – DOWNLOAD A GUIDE about having surgery or contact us
  • Book a Complimentary Consultation with a Nurse.
  • Attend our Regular Practice FREE Events and hear from our Plastic Surgeons along with their top support team.
  • Speak with a past patient that has had the procedure you want – call or contact us
  • Browse our Frequently Asked Questions including how to choose a Surgeon for your procedure

Download the 2023 Breast Implant Removal and Replacement (Breast Revision) Guide

This complete guide to Breast Implant Removal and Replacement surgery covers everything you need to know about this procedure, including:

  • Your surgery explained
  • How to assess if you are a suitable candidate.
  • Planning for your surgery
  • Answers to most frequently asked questions.
  • Before and after gallery
  • Learn more about Implant Remove and Replace Surgery.

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Dr Craig Rubinstein
Dr Broughton Snell
Dr Stephen Kleid
Dr Gary Kode

Specialist Plastic Surgeon MED0001124843 Dr Craig Rubinstein

Dr Craig Rubinstein is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon based in Hawthorn East, Melbourne. With over 20 years of surgical experience especially in all areas of Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery, but particularly in breast surgery. These include Breast Augmentation and Breast Reduction as well as Breast Surgery Revision.

Furthermore, he believes that surgical customisation, precision planning and technical expertise help him to provide optimal surgical outcomes for his patients.

Specialist Plastic Surgeon MED0001190266 Dr Broughton Snell

Dr Broughton Snell is a Specialist Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon based in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. His training in Plastic Surgery took place in Australia and the United States of America (USA).

Dr Snell is a fully qualified specialist plastic surgeon having completed his Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in plastic and reconstructive surgery.

ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) Surgeon MED0001052799 Dr Stephen Kleid

Dr Stephen Kleid is an experienced Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgeon (Otolaryngologist) based in Melbourne with a passion for Septo-rhinoplasty, Septoplasty, as well as, a strong interest in Rhinoplasty Revision.

Dr Kleid trained at Melbourne University, then completed surgical training at various hospitals including Royal Melbourne, Royal Children’s, The Eye and Ear and St Vincents. He worked as a surgeon at the University of Florida Medical school for further experience.

Specialist Plastic Surgeon MED0001405964 Dr Gary Kode

Dr Gary Kode is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon, with experience in Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery, as well as non-surgical treatments.

Dr Kode is a member of several organisations, including the Australian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS), The International Confederation for Plastic and Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, and he holds a Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

What to do next?

Our Patient Liaison Team can assist with any questions you may have when considering a procedure. You can send in an enquiry form below or call our Melbourne Clinic between 9 am – 5 pm Monday - Friday.

Disclaimer: Results depend on individual patient circumstances and can vary significantly. Results may also be impacted by a variety of factors including your lifestyle, weight, nutritional intake and overall health. Consult your Specialist Plastic Surgeon for details. This information is general in nature and is not intended to be medical advice nor does it constitute a doctor-patient relationship. Surgery risks and complications will be covered in detail during a consultation with your Surgeon.

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