What is the advantage, if any, of removing implants from my breasts and then waiting 3 months to replace them?

Q:

I have saline implants that have been in for 20 years.  I am experiencing pain in right breast and my doctor says they need to be replaced. He wants to do it in 2 separate procedures 3 months apart. I would like to know the benefits and risks of doing it this way.

A:

I do not know of a reason to wait 3 months after removing the implant for reimplantation other than infection.  You should go in for another consultation and see what the physical exam shows.  If it is a simple removal and replacement, it could be done at the same time.  Good luck

Dan Mills

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