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Breast Implant Removal

shutterstock_110541740-300x200 Breast Implant Removal | Northern VirginiaBreast augmentation presently ranks as the number one plastic surgery procedure in the United States. The sustainability and success rates of breast implants have improved significantly over the years. 

However, a majority of women still need implant removal or replacement at least once in their lives.

In reality, as many as 40,000 women receive breast implant removal surgery annually in the US. If similar-sized breast implants are replaced, the procedure is relatively simpler. Sometimes breast implant removal may be undertaken in combination with a breast lift.

Modern Body Contouring & Laser Center, led by board certified plastic surgeons Dr. Burton M. Sundin and Dr. Reps B. Sundin, provides breast implant removal to patients in Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredericksburg, and surrounding locations.


Reasons for Implant Removal

Breast implant removal surgery is sought by many women because they are not happy with the current size or shape of their enhanced breasts, or their cosmetic preferences have changed over time. Another major reason for women seeking breast implant removal cosmetic surgery is capsular contracture. 

Sometimes the implant may move from its original position, develop creases or folds, rupture, deflate, or become damaged, or asymmetry may develop between the breasts. 

In rare instances, bleeding or infection may occur if the woman has a poor response to the implant, or she may develop breast cancer. Breast implant removal will be necessary in all of these cases.



The procedure is relatively simpler if the breast implant removal is followed by implant replacement. But in case the implants are not replaced, the surgery is often performed in combination with a breast lift as the breasts tend to droop after the removal of implants. 

The breast implant removal plastic surgery is usually completed in around one hour and may involve general anesthesia or intravenous sedation.

The surgeon will commence the procedure by cautiously removing the capsule or scar tissue around the implant. Then they will remove the implant. In the case of saline implants, the surgeon may deflate them before removal. 

The surgeon’s goal, as far as possible, will be to use the same incisions for implant removal that were used for the primary breast enhancement surgery.

In some cases, the surgeon may have to perform capsulectomy. This involves the removal of the breast capsule. This is typically performed if the implant is not being replaced, the new implant is to be placed in a new position, the new implant is more substantial, or the new implant is of a different texture or type. 

If the patient does not require implant replacement, her breast pocket where the original implants were placed will close with time. The pocket will close faster if she wears a compression garment or breast support. In addition, this will minimize the possibility of fluid collection in the pocket. 



The recovery will differ between patients depending on whether the implants are replaced, a breast lift is undertaken, or any complication has arisen. In a majority of cases, the recovery will be similar to that of the primary breast procedure. 

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 breast implant removal.

For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeons Dr. Reps Sundin and Dr. Burton Sundin please visit

Serving Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Fairfax, Loudoun County, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Fredricksburg, Chevy Chase, Potomac, Maryland Richmond, VA and surrounding communities.

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