Breast Implant Removal in Austin
Breast implants are designed to provide long-lasting and beautiful results. However, they are not meant to last forever. Over time, a woman’s implants can become deflated or misshapen due to wear and tear. Sometimes a patient’s style preferences may have changed, and they want to replace or remove their implants entirely.
There is also the possibility of a second surgery as a result of implant failure or illness. Breast implant removal (explantation) removes the damaged implant(s) due to rupture or other issues, such as capsular contracture, to restore the breasts’ appearance and relieve discomfort.
What Are the Reasons for Breast Implant Removal?
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Following the implant removal, patients will be asked to wear a surgical garment to support their breasts and minimize swelling. A drainage tube may be placed to collect any excess blood or bodily fluids.
Swelling and bruising will occur but should resolve after a few weeks. Patients will be asked to refrain from physical activity and heavy lifting for at least four to six weeks. Patients will be able to return to all normal activities and work six weeks after their procedure.
General anesthesia is administered before breast implant removal, making it a pain-free experience. Dr. Pearce may prescribe pain medication to alleviate discomfort during the recovery period. Alternatively, over-the-counter pain medication may be sufficient.
Generally, scars that develop from breast implant removal are hidden beneath the breast or camouflaged by the darker skin of the areola. Scars can be easily hidden underneath clothing and will likely fade over time. Scars can also be minimized by avoiding sun exposure and practicing proper skincare.
Patients can expect long-lasting results following their breast implant removal that will provide them with satisfaction and relief.
Frequently Asked Questions About Breast Implant Removal
Am I a good candidate for breast implant removal?
Most women who are not pregnant or breastfeeding are good candidates for breast implant removal. Good candidates should also be in good health and have realistic expectations for their results.
How much does breast implant removal surgery cost in Austin?
The cost of breast implant removal will depend on the techniques chosen, procedures combined, and other varying factors. Dr. Pearce will go over the cost and the appropriate removal option during a scheduled consultation in his Austin, Texas, office.
How do I know my breast implants have ruptured?
An MRI or ultrasound is the most reliable method for determining if silicone implants have ruptured. The FDA advises that all patients with silicone implants schedule an MRI screening within three years of the initial breast augmentation and every two years following that. Saline ruptures are much easier to identify as the body absorbs the saline. Most women realize a rupture within the first few hours.
What other implant complications are good causes for breast implant removal?
Breast implant illness (BII) is a term used to describe symptoms that some women associate with their breast implants. These symptoms may include brain fog, rashes, chronic pain, and many more.
Removing the implants and surrounding scar tissue is recommended for women who experience BII.
How should a patient prepare for a breast implant removal consultation?
Patients should bring their medical records from previous operations to their consultation. An operative center or hospital may have these medical records if a doctor does not have this information. This can help with the planning process for breast implant removal.
Patients should also prepare questions and be ready to discuss their medical goals, cosmetic concerns, underlying conditions, current medications, and previous surgeries.
What are the risks of breast implant removal surgery?
Dr. Pearce will discuss a patient’s overall health and examine their breasts to develop the safest treatment plan possible. He will also explain the risks associated with breast implant removal. Some of the possible risks associated with breast implant removal include:
- Numbness or changes in breast sensation
- Unfavorable scarring