Breast Implant Removal

Did you know that breast implants have a lifespan? Breast implants typically last between 10 and 15 years, meaning old implants must be removed and replaced if desired. There are a variety of reasons that you may decide to remove your breast implants. Breast implant removal can address medical issues, old implants, and changes in breast appearance. Your breasts can change over time due to aging, breastfeeding, pregnancy, and weight changes. It is essential to know the process of Breast Implant Removal before pursuing breast operations.

What is Breast Implant Removal?

Breast implant removal is a surgical procedure that removes breast implants. During the operation, scar tissue and leaked silicone can be removed from the body. During breast implant removal, you can decide to have your old implants replaced, or you can remove the implants altogether.

Who Should Consider Breast Implant Removal?

Breast implants can be detrimental to your health. In some instances, removal is medically necessary. The most common issue that prompts breast implant removal is when capsular contracture occurs. This is when scar tissue hardens around the implants, causing discomfort and pain. Another serious condition is breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma. This very rare cancer occurs within scar tissue around a breast implant. This typically occurs around textured breast implants. Other issues include calcium buildup surrounding the implant, leaking of the implant, and movement or shifting of the implant.

What Happens During Breast Implant Removal?

First, your anesthesiologist will administer both IV sedation and general anesthetics to keep you relaxed and put you to sleep. During the procedure, your surgeon will make an incision around the areola or under the lower fold of your breast. Your surgeon will then remove the implants and scar tissue, followed by replacement of implants if you have chosen to have your implants replaced. After the procedure, your surgeon will use stitches, to close the incisions.

What Are the Results and Recovery Like?

Your doctor will give you instructions after surgery, including how to clean incisions, how active you can be, when to take medications, and when to call your surgeon. During recovery, you will be instructed to wear a support bra or compression garment to help support your breasts and decrease swelling.

Some patients may have drains placed underneath the skin. These tubes remove excess fluid and blood from the body. Your doctor should take the drains out within a week after surgery.

For proper healing, limiting any physical activity or lifting is crucial. You should not exercise or do any heavy lifting for four weeks after the procedure.

If you are considering a breast implant removal and would like to ask questions, contact our office to schedule a consultation with one of our doctors.