Our doctors performs custom breast implant removal (explant) surgery, in which they removes the existing silicone or saline implants from the body. Women may choose to have breast implants removed for lifestyle, cosmetic, or medical reasons. When indicated, he also performs what is called an en bloc capsulectomy to remove the tissue that has grown around the breast implant.
Who Is a Suitable Candidate for Breast Implant Removal?
Anyone in good health who wishes to have her existing implants removed is likely a candidate for explant surgery. Breast implant removal is ideal for a woman who:
- Is experiencing medical complications related to the implants and does not want a replacement implant placed
- Is unhappy with the result of her original breast augmentation and wishes to return to her natural breast size.
- Has textured implants recalled by the FDA and is experiencing symptoms of BIA-ALCL or ASIA syndrome.
What to Expect from Breast Implant Removal?
Your surgeon may administer either local or general anesthesia, depending upon what was agreed upon at your consultation. In either case, you will experience no pain. If you are given general anesthesia, you will be completely unconscious during the entire procedure. Your surgical team will continuously monitor your vital signs so that you remain safe throughout your procedure. The incisions needed for breast implant removal can be formed in one of three locations: the crease under the breast, around the areola, or vertically placed in the armpit. Your surgeon will create the necessary incisions, draining any accumulated fluid in the area.
The next step of your breast implant removal is the removal of the implants from each breast. Your surgeon may proceed using a variety of methods, such as:
- Prying out implants from beneath breast tissue
- Cutting through the shell of the implant if it is sticking to nearby tissues
- Implant removal using instruments attached to the breast implant, allowing for its slow removal through pulling
Once your surgeon has removed your implants, they will also remove any excess skin or scar tissue around your nipples. They will then cauterize the area. Once any scar tissue has been removed, your surgeon will reconstruct the area, leading to a more natural appearance.
Timeline for recovery
In the days following breast implant removal surgery, patients can expect some bruising and swelling. Prescription pain medication can be taken to minimize discomfort. You will also be given a surgical bra to wear in order to help with the healing process. You can expect to take at least a few days off work to recover at home and wait about a week to return to normal daily activity. more strenuous exercise should wait until six weeks after your procedure.