Breast Implant Removal
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, or breast explant surgery, removes the damaged implant(s) due to rupture or other issues, such as capsular contracture, to restore the appearance of the breasts and relieve discomfort.
- Feel as though your breast implants have hardened?
- Notice visible deformities in your breasts after breast augmentation?
- Experience breast pain or swelling after a breast augmentation procedure?
- Think your breast implants have changed as a result of trauma?
Am I a Good Candidate?
Most women who are not pregnant or breastfeeding are good candidates for breast implant removal. You should also be in good general health before your surgery and have realistic expectations of your results.
An MRI is the most reliable method of determining whether your breast implants have ruptured. The FDA advises all patients with implants to schedule an MRI screening within three years of the initial breast augmentation and every two years following that. Dr. Pearce will go over the cost and the most appropriate removal option during your consultation at his office in Austin, Texas.
What Are My Breast Implant Removal Options?
- An incision is created, potentially at the original incision site.
- The implant is then removed.
- Any breast implant leakage is carefully removed from the breast tissue and other areas that may have been affected.
Capsulectomy (En Bloc Removal)
- This procedure involves removing the scar tissue capsule and the implants together as one piece.
- Patients with thickened and hardened capsular contracture can benefit from this technique.
- Patients with ruptured silicone implants are good candidates for this procedure, as it prevents the silicone gel from coming into contact with the surrounding tissue.
- The incision for this technique is more extensive than for other methods.
- However, this procedure is not for everyone, as people with very thin capsules are at risk of having more damage done to the surrounding tissue that may not be necessary.
Following your implant removal, you will be asked to wear a surgical garment to support your 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. You will be asked to refrain from physical activity and heavy lifting for at least four to six weeks. You will be able to return to all normal activities and work six weeks after your procedure. Should any scars occur, they can be easily hidden underneath clothing and will likely fade over time.
You can expect long-lasting results following your breast implant removal that will provide you with satisfaction and relief. However, depending on the amount of time you have had your implants and other factors, the shape of your breast may be significantly different than before. Dr. Pearce can discuss the option to reshape the breast with a breast lift procedure instead of having the implants removed with no further surgery.