Breast Implant Removal
Breast augmentation helps women attain a desirable, shapely, and balanced chest contour through the addition of breast implants. Unfortunately, some women are not pleased with the outcome of their procedure while others may experience complications that need to be addressed. Breast implant removal allows women to redo their breast augmentation by exchanging or removing their undesirable implants.
Who Can Benefit?
A Desire to Change Implant Size
Choosing the appropriate implants for you can be challenging, and some women do not know what they want until after the implants have already been selected and placed. Breast implant removal allows women to change the size, shape, and material of their implants, or remove them entirely.
Implant rupture occurs when the silicone shell of a saline or silicone implant develops a tear, allowing the inner contents to seep into the surrounding tissue. While not physically harmful, implant rupture can cause discomfort and undesirable changes in breast appearance. Breast implant removal addresses this issue by removing and replacing the damaged implant.
Other Implant Complications
Implants are generally long lasting and reliable. Unfortunately, complications can occur. Capsular contracture develops when the scar tissue that forms around an implant hardens and tightens, and implant displacement occurs when an implant moves from its constructed breast pocket. Breast implant removal can repair these issues and restore the breasts.
What Do You Desire?
After breast augmentation, women commonly report wishing they had chosen a larger, more prominent implant. Breast implant removal allows these women to remove their smaller implants and replace them more voluptuous implants.
After getting breast implants, some women decide that their augmented breasts are not ideal for their desired body contour or lifestyle. Breast implant removal helps women who want to remove their implants permanently or choose a smaller, more conservative size.
More Symmetrical Breasts
While implants are often used to improve breast symmetry, they can sometimes worsen the problem. This asymmetry may have occurred during the augmentation healing process or as a result of implant rupture. Breast implant removal can rectify asymmetry that results from an initial breast procedure.
Implant complications pose as much of a threat to comfort as they do to aesthetics. Complications like capsular contracture or a silicone implant rupture can cause significant pain and irritation to the breasts. Implant removal is the only way to remedy this discomfort.
Addressing Your Concerns
Recovery Many women experience a longer recovery period after breast implant removal than after their initial breast augmentation. A compression garment should be worn for the first few weeks following the operation to minimize swelling, encourage blood flow, ensure proper placement of the breasts, and facilitate healing. Bruising and swelling subside should within a few weeks, and most patients return to work after seven to 10 days. Patients should refrain from all strenuous upper body activity for at least one month.
Scars In many cases, Dr. Messa uses your breast augmentation incision to remove the implants. If this is a possibility for you, there will be no additional scarring. If not, the breast implant removal incisions usually run along the natural creases of the breasts, and this is where your scars will be. You can use silicone strips or gel to help minimize their appearance, and scars usually fade with time.
Cost The overall price of your breast implant removal will depend on several factors, particularly whether or not new implants are placed. Additional determinants include anesthesia, surgical, and facility fees. Dr. Messa will give you an accurate cost estimate after your surgical plan has been devised.
Pain Breast implant removal is performed under general anesthesia to ensure there is no pain during and shortly after the procedure. You can expect bruising, swelling, and discomfort following surgery. Prescription or over-the-counter medication can remedy and postoperative pain.
Frequently Asked Questions
How is breast implant removal performed?
In many cases, breast implant removal utilizes the same incision created during your initial breast augmentation. This allows for less postoperative scarring. The damaged or undesired implants are then removed, as well as any loose material (in the case of a rupture), or scar tissue (in case of capsular contracture). The breast pocket is then repaired, tightened, or expanded depending on whether or not new implants are expected. If you want to replace your implants, the new implants are placed, and the incisions are closed with sutures.
Do I have to replace the removed implant?
No. You are not required to replace implants that have been removed. Some women decide that implants are not right for them and choose to remove them for good. In this case, your breast pocket is tightened, and a breast lift can be performed if necessary.
Can I change my implant style?
If you decide to replace your implants, you may change the size, material, and shape of the implants. During the procedure, your breast pocket will be adjusted to fit your new implant.
What are the potential complications with breast implant removal?
Complications after breast implant removal are rare, and when they do occur, they are usually temporary. Unfortunately, risks are possible with any surgical procedure. Potential side effects may include:
- Reactions to anesthesia
- Changes to skin, nipple, or breast sensation
- Blood accumulation
- Poor wound healing
You can minimize the chance of complications by following all of Dr. Messa’s pre- and post-operative instructions.