Breast Implant Checks

Our team of plastic surgeons offer breast implant checks to assess your implants and provide advice for management of your existing breast implants.

Breast Implant Checks

We offer breast implant checks for patients that have had breast implants with our plastic surgeons. The implant check may involve the following: clinical examination; ultrasound scan; MRI scan; blood tests; and, formulation of a bespoke implant exchange plan if necessary. This service is available to our existing patients and patients that have had their procedures elsewhere. 

Breast implants are a long term commitment and will require ongoing maintenance. It is important to have regular breast implant checks to assess your implants. We recommend having checks performed every 3-5 years. Breast implants will always require replacement at some point. You should have an implant health check even if you are happy with the results and are not experiencing any problems. A breast implant health check is an assessment of the implants rather than investigating any specific breast lumps. If you have a breast lump, we recommend seeing your GP for referral to a breast clinic appointment.

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What happens during a breast implant check?

During you implant health check up you will be seen by our plastic surgeon who will undertake some or all of the following:

  • Implant History - Please try to bring with you information about your existing implants or the implant card you were given after your procedure.
  • Clinical Examination - Breast measurements, aesthetic assessment, problem identification
  • Referral for Investigations - Ultrasound, MRI or Blood Tests
  • Bespoke Implant Plan - Proposed plan for your implants such as time scales for repeat investigations or surgical correction of any issues.

What are the potential long term problems with breast implants?

There are numerous potential things and issues that can happen following breast augmentation. Many of these can be considered as part of the normal implant ageing process such as ptosis or drooping of the breasts due to the weight of implants; rippling due to thinning of skin or weight changes; or, separation of the implants due to continual muscle contraction and use.  There are some common and also rare more serious potential complications following breast implant surgery. 

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