The goal of breast implant removal surgery is to remove breast implants from breast augmentation or breast reconstruction patients. During these procedures, the surgeon may also remove silicone material from implant leaks and the breast capsule, which is the scar tissue that formes after the placement of a breast implant.
Often, the scar tissue that forms after the placement of an implant is soft and does not need to be removed, but it may harden, causing pain and discomfort. This is often a reason to have the implants and scar tissue removed.
Many women feel after a number of years of having breast implants that they would like to replace them. There are many reasons a woman may decide to replace her implants, from medical reasons such as capsular contracture and ruptured implants to cosmetic reasons of increasing or decreasing the size of implant. As your body ages and following child birth implants that once were once a perfect fit may no longer suit your body shape.
There is a range of different treatment options available and it depends on firstly the reason for your removal and also your desired outcome as to what course of treatment would be best suited to you.
The following procedure options are available;
This is when the implants are removed and no further surgery is performed.
This is when your original implants are removed but are then replaced by new implants which can be the same size, smaller or bigger.
Capsular contracture can cause pain and distortion in the appearance of your bust. A capsulectomy procedure removes the capsule which is the lining around your implant and then you can either have the original implant removed or replaced.
This combined procedure may be recommended if your surgeon feels your breast tissue has stretched. The procedure will ensure that after the implant is removed your nipple is lifted back up to its natural position.
There are a number of different treatment options available to you depending on your desired look and the condition of your current implants. During your initial consultation your surgeon will discuss all of these options to see which approach will be suitable for you. You will need to consider different implant shapes and sizes and what look you wish to achieve with your new implants.
The procedure itself is similar to breast enlargement surgery. It is normally performed under a general anaesthetic and can take between 1-2 hours to complete. Your surgeon will use your existing scars to remove your old implants and may need to perform a capsulectomy if you have decided to increase the size of your implants to allow room for the larger volume of implant.
Results will vary considerably depending on the patient and implants chosen. After discussion and consultation with your surgeon your results should match the expectations discussed.
You will actually find that your recovery will be slightly better than when you had your initial breast augmentation. This is because your tissue and skin has already been stretched.
You can normally carry out light duties after a few days and return to work 1-2 weeks following surgery. Strenuous exercise should be avoided for 4-5 weeks.
Dr. Guru Karna, leading breast implant removal surgeon in Hyderabad, with distinctive treatment style, ensuring his clients utmost satisfaction and 12+ years experience in cosmetic surgery procedures has developed tremendous cosmetic practice exposure by travelling and interacting with various surgeons. His practice hails from being part of Apollo hospitals from initial stages of his career and also continues his services with his private consultation.