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There comes a certain point where many women who have undergone breast augmentation may no longer feel satisfied with their breast implants. While some women begin to experience changes to their body that have caused their implants to become uncomfortable, others may come across issues like implant rupture or capsular contracture that requires surgical removal of the implant. Some patients can also feel their implants no longer match who they are. Breast implant removal is a surgical procedure that removes a woman’s current implants to produce a natural and aesthetically pleasing bust to their liking.

Ideal Candidates

Patients interested in undergoing breast implant removal surgery may identify with one or more of the following issues:

  • Capsular contracture
  • Implant rupture
  • Physical discomfort caused by implants
  • Breast deformities
  • Unsatisfied results from a previous surgery

Preparing for Your Breast Implant Removal Surgery

Before undergoing your breast implant removal surgery, we ask all patients to take their time to consider their decision. Removing your breast implants should be your own choice. You must also be in good health and have realistic expectations about your results. During your consultation, your surgeon will review your medical history, examine the condition of your breasts, and discuss your aesthetic goals. You will also be asked to quit smoking at least two weeks before and after your surgery. Make sure you ask to take time off work and have someone drive you to and from the hospital the day of your surgery.

The Procedure

Breast implant removal surgery is performed on an outpatient basis under local or general anesthesia and can take up to a few hours to complete, depending on the size, shape, and placement of the implants. During your procedure, an incision will be made along the lower fold of the breast or under the areola. Your surgeon will then remove the existing implant along with the capsule of scar tissue surrounding it if necessary. Once the treated area has been cleaned, the incision is then closed using surgical structures. Breast lift surgery may also be combined with your procedure to enhance your overall results.

After the Surgery

Following your breast implant removal surgery, a surgical garment will be placed along your breasts to protect your new contours and minimize swelling. Swelling and bruising will occur but will subside after a few days. Scarring may also develop but can be hidden underneath clothing and will likely fade over time. You will be asked to avoid any strenuous activities that may put stress on your new breasts for a few weeks.

Your results will be based on the size of the implants that were removed and the quantity and quality of breast tissue that was left from your procedure. Final results will become more apparent a few months after your breast implant removal surgery. You can expect a beautiful and more natural breast appearance that will provide you with physical and emotional relief.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cost of breast implant removal?

The cost of a breast implant removal will vary depending on your individual needs and reasons for explantation. There are several methods available for removing breast implants, and the technique chosen will be factored into the total price. Additional cost factors include the surgeon’s fee, facility fees, anesthesia fees, pre-surgical tests, post-surgical dressings, and whether or not new implants were selected.

How can I find out if I am a good candidate for breast implant removal?

You may refer to the candidacy guidelines above; however, the best way to know that you are a good candidate for breast implant removal is to go through a consultation and get the approval of your surgeon. For many patients, there is a waiting period between initial augmentation and secondary breast surgery that needs to be completed before being eligible for implant removal or revision.

What are the risks associated with breast implant removal?

Your surgeon will discuss the risks of breast reduction in detail with you before your procedure. There may be more or fewer risks depending on your individual needs, concerns, and health conditions. Risks can include:

  • Bleeding/hematoma
  • Seroma
  • Infection
  • Reactions to the anesthesia
  • Changes in sensation
  • Asymmetry
  • Unfavorable scarring

Will my breasts look deflated after removing my implants?

If you choose to remove your implants permanently, you may be in for a surprise when you first see your breasts, as you have likely become accustomed to seeing their larger appearance. The breasts may seem deflated following the procedure as the tissues adjust to the new size. Stretched skin and an enlarged breast pocket may result in premature sagging—the severity of which will depend on the size of the implants and the duration of time you had them. You may consider combining a breast lift with your removal as a breast lift combats sagging and enhances the contours of the breasts.

Will my results be permanent after breast implant removal?

Yes, breast implant removal is considered to be permanent. If new implants were chosen, you are still at risk of developing an implant complication; however, most patients enjoy their results for many years or decades. Breast implant removal does not stop the natural aging process, and you will likely develop some breast sagging with age—even if a breast lift was performed.