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Breast Implant Removal

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Why Would I Remove My Breast Implants?

Every person has their own unique reasons for removing their breast implants. Some choose to do it because they don’t want implants. Others experience sagging or age-related issues, then choose for implant removal. Implants that don’t retain their shape or deflate are often removed for aesthetic reasons.

Implant rupture is another major reason why implants are removed. Ruptured implants pose a serious health risk to the patient, and need to be removed before they cause health problems. Ruptured implants are most commonly characterized by a change in breast shape or size, inflammation, pain, and a change in breast texture. If you believe you have a ruptured implant, you should call our office to get a diagnosis.

How Does Implant Removal Work?

Breast implant removal, also known as explanting, is considered to be an outpatient procedure. For the most part, implant removal is done under general anesthesia. However, it is possible to have it performed under local anesthesia in some cases.

The procedure involves making incisions around the area of the initial implant scar. From the incision, your surgeon will reach in and remove the implant. Your doctor also may remove the capsules that contained the implant at the same time. Depending on the state of your implants and several other factors, the implant can be taken out in one or multiple pieces.

Once the implants are removed, your surgeon will close the incisions and move you to an observation place. If you chose to have a breast lift, that procedure will be done prior to closing the incision.

Overall, breast implant removal takes anywhere from one to three hours depending on the complexity of the surgery.

What Is Recovery Like?

After your surgery, you will be taken to an observation room where doctors will monitor your state for a short period of time. From there, you will be instructed to wear special binding garments to help heal your incisions. Most patients will only wear their wraps for a week.

Once you stop wearing the wraps, your doctor will examine your body to ensure that you’ve healed properly. Most people will feel minor discomfort for the first couple of days, will need to relax for two weeks after the bandages are removed, and fully recover within four weeks.

Are There Any Side Effects I Should Know About?

Breast implant removal is a common and safe procedure. That being said, no surgery is without risk. Anesthetic complications, swelling, bruising, scarring, and bleeding can occur.

In certain rare situations, an unsatisfactory outcome can occur. Should this happen, a second surgery will be needed to improve results.

What Will My Breasts Look Like After Implant Removal?

For the most part, your breasts will look similar to what they did prior to the removal. However, it is common to have some excess skin and sagging. In many cases, the excess is barely noticeable and can even heal on its own.

Will My Breasts Look Saggy If I Remove My Implants?

Not always. Breasts may regain about 10 to 15 percent of their lost volume after implants are removed. So, if your implants were small, you may want to wait until your breasts heal.

Patients who are experiencing serious sagging, want a subtle boost, or who will undergo a drastic breast size change may want to consider getting a breast lift to combat the risk of sagging.

Call Us Today for a Consultation

New Jersey Plastic Surgery’s team of Dr. Barry DiBernardo and Dr. Matthew Trovato are Board Certified Plastic Surgeons with years of experience in implant removal. They can help you get the results you want, and guide you towards the right procedure for your unique needs.

If you want to learn more about implant removal, give our office a call at 973-509-2000 or complete our contact form to schedule your consultation today.

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