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Can My Breast Implants Move? | Antony Fitton Plastic Surgery

Can My Breast Implants Move?

Breast augmentation using silicone or saline breast implants is a commonly performed surgery, carried out to increase the size of the breasts.

However, although breast augmentation is a safe surgical procedure when carried out by an experienced surgeon, there is still the potential for complications to occur.

At Antony Fitton Plastic Surgery, we help patients attain beautiful, natural-looking breasts so they can feel confident and happy.

Accredited plastic surgeon Antony Fitton is an expert in breast surgery. At Antony Fitton Plastic Surgery, we help patients attain beautiful and natural-looking results.

If you suspect that your implants are out of place, we encourage you to call our clinic in Plymouth and make an appointment to consult with Mr Fitton and discuss any concerns you have.

Can a breast implant move after surgery?

The short answer is yes, it is possible for one or both breast implants to move out of position.

If you notice your breast implants moving around this could be down to a number of factors, including problems with the breast skin, the breast implants selected were too large, an error in the initial placement of the implants or simply settling into position.

Breast implants should be replaced every 10-15 years, or sooner if you start to notice changes.

What makes a breast implant move?

Below are six factors that could cause your breast implants to move around.


1. Gravity:
Over time, gravity can cause breast implants to settle lower in the breast pocket, which may lead to a change in their position.

2. Healing and tissue stretching:
The body goes through a healing process after breast implant surgery, and as the tissues around the implant heal and stretch, the implant may move or settle into a different position.

3. Implant size and type:
The size and type of breast implant used can influence how the implant behaves over time. Larger implants may have more weight and may be more prone to settling, while the type of implant (silicone or saline) can also affect how they move within the breast pocket.

4. Surgical technique:
The surgical technique used during the procedure can impact the final position of the implants. Mr Fitton will help minimise the risk of significant post-operative movement.

5. Capsular contracture:
Sometimes, the formation of scar tissue (capsular contracture) around the implant can lead to changes in the position of the implant.

6. Trauma or injury:
A significant blow or trauma to the chest can potentially cause a breast implant to shift or move.


It’s important to note that some minor movement or settling of breast implants is considered normal.

However, if you notice a significant change in the position of your breast implants or experience any discomfort or unusual symptoms, it’s essential to consult with your plastic surgeon. They can assess the situation and recommend any necessary steps to address any issues. Regular follow-up appointments with Mr Fitton are also important to monitor the condition of your breast implants over time.

How can you correct a moving breast implant?

To restore your breast implants back to their original position, breast revision surgery may be required. Mr Fitton will create an incision to access the implants, usually in the same location as the original procedure. Based on what was agreed during your consultation, he may choose to replace the implants to ensure uniform shape and size.

Recovery from breast implant replacement surgery

Recovery time from breast implant replacement surgery is fairly quick and you should be back at work within a week or two and exercising within four to six weeks. We advise returning to low-impact activities, such as walking and cycling, before reintroducing more strenuous activity.

You should be fully recovered from your breast implant replacement surgery by eight weeks.

Choosing the right hospital for surgery

At Antony Fitton Plastic Surgery we’re passionate about giving patients a positive experience and excellent clinical care every step of the way.

We offer an environment for your care that meets high standards for clinical governance centred on your safety.

You will have a choice of having both consultation and treatment at either the Nuffield Health Hospital, Plymouth or the Duchy Hospital, Truro.

Plastic Surgery Finance Options

Plastic surgery finance options vary depending on the clinic or facility you choose, but generally include payment plans and financing through third-party lenders.

These plans can allow you to pay for your procedure through manageable monthly payments rather than a lump sum upfront.


To make it easy, we’ve teamed up with Nuffield Health Plymouth and Duchy Hospital Cornwall so you can quickly and easily apply for a loan.


The price you are given at the time of consultation will include everything from the procedure itself, to the cost of your overnight stay and aftercare appointments.

It is important to thoroughly research and compare financing options to determine the most affordable and feasible method for you.

For a no obligation quote

For a no obligation quote, tailored specifically to you, please book in for your consultation with Mr Fitton. Your requirements will be discussed in full confidence in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

Following your consultation, the price you are quoted includes everything and there are no extra or hidden costs. Advice, treatment and aftercare are all part of our package to ensure your experience is positive from beginning to end.


Managing your expectations about plastic surgery is important regardless of which procedure you wish to have done. It’s critical to have realistic expectations about plastic surgery but to also ensure you are on the same page as your surgeon.

To find out more about having a treatment, book your no-obligation consultation. You will meet with Antony Fitton and receive expert advice tailored to your needs.

Please call us on 07494 250277 or book your consultation using our online form.

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Mr Fitton practices in Plymouth and Truro.

About your Plastic Surgeon: Mr Antony Fitton

MB, BS(hons)., MD., FRCS(eng)., FRCS(plast).

Mr Antony R Fitton qualified at the Royal London Hospital in 1989 with distinction in Surgery. He holds a MB, BS(hons)., MD., FRCS(eng). and FRCS(plast). (Fellowship at the Royal College of Surgeons).

He is a member of BAPRAS (British Association for Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons), BAAPS (British Association for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons), BSSH (British Society for Surgery of the Hand).

Mr Fitton has received the Paton & Masser Award and the CM Matthews Award from the Royal College of Surgeons of England  or his research in nerve injury.

Mr Fitton is licensed as Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon by the GMC.

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