Breast implant removal is a plastic surgery procedure designed to reverse the primary breast augmentation. The surgery may be performed to simply remove the implants or to replace the old or damaged implants with new ones. Many women who have chosen to undergo breast augmentation are likely to go through breast implant removal or replacement at some point of time in the future.
Board certified plastic surgeons at MBody, Dr. Burton M. Sundin and Dr. Reps B. Sundin, provide cosmetic and reconstructive procedures for the breast, body and face to patients in Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredericksburg, and surrounding communities.
Candidates for Breast Implant Removal
A breast implant removal candidate could be someone who has a medical necessity to remove or replace her existing implants. Complications related to implants such as implant rupture or capsular contracture may require you to undergo breast implant removal or replacement plastic surgery.
Implant rupture can cause saline implants to deflate, while in case of silicone implants, it could create a risk of the silicone gel leaking out to other areas of the body. Therefore, breast implant removal or replacement would be recommended in either case.
Capsular contracture involves the hardening of the scar tissue surrounding the implant. This can cause tightness or pain in the breasts or the implants may lose their shape or position. Implant removal or replacement may be the only options following a capsular contracture.
Your surgeon will likely perform breast implant removal surgery using general anesthesia. The procedure may be completed in about one to three hours, depending on the complications and the surgical technique used. At the time of your customized surgical planning, you and your surgeon will determine whether you should undergo breast implant removal with or without a breast lift.
If your breasts have sagged and the skin has become stretched because of the implantation for several years, you may have to choose breast lift as an additional procedure. The other option may be to choose implant replacement instead of only implant removal.
For breast implant removal, your surgeon’s first goal will be to use the same incision lines which were created for the original breast augmentation surgery. This will minimize new scarring. However, if you have chosen implant replacement, a new incision may be required, especially if the new implants are of a different size or shape.
Recovery timeline will vary depending on the type of surgery you have chosen. If you only had breast implant removal for saline implants, your surgeon may have created very small incisions to first deflate and then remove the saline implants. The recovery would be rapid in this case.
But if you have had a breast lift along with breast implant removal, you may need about 7 to 10 days for initial recovery. Thereafter, you can return to your regular routine and return to work.
Plastic surgeons at MBody receive patients from Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredericksburg, and nearby areas for safe, serene, and normal plastic surgery procedures.
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