Breast Implant Removal

Whether you simply want to go back to your natural breast size, or you have had your implants for a while and you want or need to replace them, often, people choose implant removal, also called breast explant, because scar tissue has hardened around the implant, causing a capsular contracture. Breast implant removal is one of the lesser talked about cosmetic surgeries.

How is the surgery performed?

The implants, which will sit either directly under the breast tissue or behind the muscle depending on your original augmentation surgery, will be removed either through incisions underneath the breast or around the nipple. This is done under general anesthetic so that you don’t experience any anxiety or discomfort. If you are having your implants replaced, this can be done at the same time as the removal. However, if you are having your implants taken out and are not having them replaced, you may need a breast lift procedure since, depending on the size of your implants, you may find that you are left with excess, stretched skin. This lost volume can cause the breasts to sag and you may feel self-conscious. As such, it is possible to combine a breast lift procedure with your implant removal.

Why is breast implant removal done?​​​​​​​

Breast implants don’t last a lifetime. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons recommends that people with breast implants have them removed or replaced every 10 to 15 years. However, your plastic surgeon may not recommend that you have them removed if you haven’t had any complications. Some people opt for breast implant removal because the shape of their breasts has changed since their breast augmentation. Breast appearance may change due to:

  • Age

  • Breastfeeding

  • Pregnancy

  • Weight changes

What are the advantages of breast implant removal?

Breast implant removal has a few benefits. Getting the surgery may affect:

  • Mammograms:
    Silicone or saline implants may interfere with seeing breast tissue clearly on an X-ray. Without implants, your mammogram results may be clearer.

  • Pain:
    ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​If you have capsular contracture, removing implants can provide nearly instant pain relief. Removing large implants may decrease neck or back pain.

  • Replacements and rupture risks: If scar tissue hardens enough, it can lead to an implant rupture. Removing implants takes away the risk of an implant rupture

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