Breast Implant Removal
What Is Breast Implant Removal?
Breast implant removal, a procedure designed to remove implants from a previous augmentation, is usually coupled with breast revision, breast lift, or even breast reduction surgery. Sometimes, implant removal is necessary because of complications, such as capsular contracture, rupture, rippling, asymmetry, double bubble, or breast implant illness; but there are many reasons that a woman would want to remove her current implants.
Luckily, Dr. Boyd has over 30 years of experience in the field of aesthetic breast surgery and helps many patients from the South Bay, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Los Angeles and from out of town achieve their desired results.
What Are the Benefits of Breast Implant Removal?
Improved Breast Shape and Size
If your breast implants are not the shape you were hoping for, either because of incorrect size, asymmetry, or malposition, then implant removal coupled with breast revision surgery can help improve the shape of your breasts by removing the original implant and replacing it with a new one or carrying out fat grafting to the remaining breast tissue.
After having breast implants for a while, some women become unhappy with their breast implants or change their mind about the size of their bust. If you wish to reduce the implant size or are ready to go bigger, then breast revision surgery can help you achieve your goals. In the event that you want to remove your implants without replacements, then coupling the implant removal with breast reduction, breast lift and/or fat grafting can create the perky shape you have always wanted.
Implant Replacement After Complications
When rippling or rupture occurs, the implants can appear uneven and distorted. Breast implant removal will remove the defective devices and replace them with new implants. There are many different materials, projections, sizes, and textures available, so you have many options to best meet your individual aesthetic preferences.
What Is the Breast Implant Removal Process?
To ensure a comfortable and safe experience, anesthesia is administered before and during surgery. Although general anesthesia is usually preferred, you can discuss your options with Dr. Boyd during your consultation and establish which method of sedation is recommended in your particular case.
Replacing Breast Implants
Simple up- or down-sizing of your breast implants is usually performed through an incision in the fold under each breast. When a lift is combined with the explantation, the incisions pass around the nipple-areolar complexes and extend vertically down to the fold in the form of a “lollipop.” The implants are removed and may or may not be replaced with new ones, depending on the patient’s preference. The incisions are then closed using buried, absorbable sutures. Fat grafting leaves tiny scars that are hard to see after six months.
Implant Removal Techniques
The implants can be removed in different ways. Partial capsulectomy removes the breast implants and parts of the capsule (the scar tissue around the breast implants), while a complete capsulectomy removes the entire capsule and the contained breast implants. A capsulotomy simply releases the capsule by making serial incisions around its perimeter.
Capsular tissue is usually removed piecemeal through the inframammary incision. “En bloc” excision implies that the capsule and the contained implant are removed in one intact piece. This is useful if the implant has ruptured since the spill is contained within the capsule. These procedures are part and parcel of explantation or explant surgery.
Addressing Your Concerns
Your recovery from breast implant removal should be similar to that of your primary breast augmentation. Your chest may be swollen, sore, and bruised for the first few days. A compression garment is used to help support your new contour. Most patients can resume light activities within one week.
A five- to seven-centimeter incision is made in the fold under each breast. Any previous scar in this position is removed. With lifts and reductions, a scar is placed around each areola at its junction with the normal breast skin. A vertical scar then extends downward from the six o’clock position on the areola to the fold under the breast. The scars are designed to be unobtrusive, may be covered by a bra or bikini top, and should fade with time.
The cost for breast implant removal will vary depending on whether you plan to replace the implants, have a lift, reduction, or fat grafting, and on which method of anesthesia you require. These details will be discussed during your initial consultation with Dr. Boyd.
Minimal pain is experienced during breast implant removal recovery and can be controlled using oral medications.
Frequently Asked Questions
Any woman who is dissatisfied with her breast implants and wants them removed can be a candidate for breast implant removal surgery. This procedure can either remove the implants without replacement or include new implants in place of the old ones.
You should schedule a driver to take you to and from our facility, and stay with you for at least the first night while you recuperate. Dr. Boyd will provide preoperative and postoperative care instructions that should be followed closely.
Your breast implants will be removed, usually along with any surrounding scar tissue (capsule). Individual results will differ based on the amount of native breast tissue you possess, the looseness of your tissues, your personal preference, and whether additional surgery is performed.
Your breast implants are permanently gone, and if new implants are inserted, they will provide a long-lasting cleavage enhancement. Many patients choose to forego implant replacement and simply have a breast lift using their natural breast tissue. This may be enhanced by fat grafting when the individual does not want a second prosthesis.