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en bloc technique for breast implants

In 2008, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported that 20,967 women had implants removed. A decade later, that annual number increased by more than 8,000.

These women are choosing to remove their implants because of a variety of different complications.

Some women want to return to their normal breast size, while others are looking to avoid potential complications. 

Patients looking to revert or change the results of their breast augmentation or breast reconstruction surgery can choose from two different implant removal techniques.

During a breast explant, an incision is made along the lower fold of the breast or under the areola. 

The existing implant—along with the surrounding capsule of scar tissue—is removed if necessary. 

Once the treated area has been cleaned, the incision is then closed with surgical structures.

Anyone unhappy with the look or feel of the implants, experiencing health complications, unable to maintain the financial cost of their implants, and/or worried about the long-term health risks may consider a breast implant removal.

Why Do Women Choose to Remove Their Implants?

Some complications/reasons for breast implant removal include:

  • Capsular contracture is the hardening of the breast around the implant
  • Rupture is a tear or hole in the outer shell of the breast implant
  • Fatigue 
  • Memory loss
  • Breast deformities
  • Cancer diagnosis

What Are My Options for a Breast Implant Removal Surgery?

There are different techniques used for breast implant removal, but the most recommended by Drs. Nalin Master & Rebecca Crane is by using the En Bloc technique.

En Bloc Removal

En bloc is a French word meaning “as a whole” and refers to the removal of the implant and capsule in a single piece. En bloc is advised for silicone and textured implants.

This technique is preferred by Drs. Crane and Master at Cosmetic Surgeons of Naples because it removes 100 percent of the capsule. 

In the event of implant rupture, this procedure allows the silicone to stay inside the capsule during removal by providing an additional layer to hold the implant material in. This also prevents chemicals and bacteria from leaking inside the body. 

By withdrawing the implant and the capsule at the same time, the breast tissue and muscles settle back to their original position for a more natural appearance.

Total Capsulectomy

This procedure removes all scar tissue, including the scar tissue lining around the implant along the ribs and lungs. 

In this method, the implants are removed before any scar or capsule tissue is removed.

Total capsulectomy is advised for smooth saline implants and highly recommended for silicone and textured saline implants if the en bloc technique cannot be performed.

Have More Questions?

If you are interested in learning more about your options for breast implant removal in Naples, Florida, please call our office at (239) 263-6766 to schedule your consultation or fill out our online contact form to book your appointment today.