Breast Implant Removal

We are sure that when you decided to have breast augmentation surgery you probably didn’t think about whether the breast implants would ever need to be removed.

However, there are some women who have breast implants that may later make the decision to have them removed.  The reasons for doing so can include, lifestyle changes, back or neck issues from weight of implants, a desire to be smaller or have more modest breast.  Other reason might include:

  • Capsular contracture
  • Breast Sagging
  • Weight increase
  • Deflation
  • Rupture
  • Breast implant illness

The most common concern:  most women have after removal is what the breast will look like.  But the important concept to understand is they always look much better than what most women expect.

While the implant is in place, it was stretched out breast tissue, but once the implant is removed, I use several techniques to help create the inframammary fold.  Then the breast tissue will always contract and the breast tissue will look fuller because the implant is no longer distorting the actual breast tissue.

Occasionally, a breast lift or breast remodeling is needed if there is extra skin or if the nipple distance is greater than around 25-26 cm from the collar bone.

Other options to help fullness of breast following implant removed would include fat transfer or use of Sculptra.

Breast implant removal includes removal of the capsule, which is called a capsulotomy, this is done either as:

1.  Total or enbloc capsulotomy

       - removal of entire capsule

2.  Partial capsulotomy

       - removal of diseased capsule only 

What will recovery be like after breast implant removal surgery?

Recovery from breast implant surgery varies from person to person. Many cosmetic surgeons agree that recovery after this type of surgery is usually smoother than the initial breast implant surgery.  Although, if you’ve had a breast lift after the breast implants have been removed, your breasts will feel tight and/or heavy for a few weeks.

Women are generally able to return to work after five days and report having experienced minimal discomfort after the surgery. 

Typically, breast implant removal scars heal very well and there are no stitched to remove are often inconspicuous.  It’s important to note scars heal in stages, with the process taking three to four months.  Often, while the scars will fade, they will never disappear entirely.

You will need to avoid lifting anything over five pounds or exercising excessively for the first six weeks after your surgery.  While you will usually be able to resume normal activity after six weeks, your breasts will take several months to settle into their new position.

  • Numbness of the breast area.
  • Breast deformity or sagging of the breast area.