Implant removal and replacement surgery, also known as capsulectomy is a procedure which is undertaken when a breast implant is being replaced and is intended to alleviate discomfort while offering the potential of improving both the feel and appearance of the breasts.
Implants can be replaced for many reasons, including wanting to change the shape or size of the implants, breasts change due to weight loss or gain, age or having children, or if implants rupture.
Breast implants do not have an expiration date. They only need to be replaced in the very rare case whereby they break or rupture, which is usually a result of sub-standard implants or sub-standard surgery. This is not serious or a health risk, but may cause a change in shape or feel of the implant necessitating its removal.