Just as there are a wide range of reasons why women opt for breast augmentation, there are various reasons for the desire to remove breast implants. This procedure is also called breast explantation, or breast explant surgery.
Occasionally, women opt to have their breast implants removed because, with age, their body and lifestyle have changed. A woman might desire smaller or more modest breasts. Other reasons include:
- Breast sagging
- Breasts feeling too heavy
- A significant change in weight
- Breast discomfort
- Deflation or rupture
- Capsular contracture
- Based on the advice of their primary care doctor due to illness
What will my breasts look like after breast implant removal?
Naturally, many women are concerned about what their breasts will look like once the implants are removed. When breast implants are removed, a considerable amount of breast volume will be lost, but the breast skin will still remain. This typically results in deflated-appearing or saggy breasts.
Usually, a secondary procedure is required to address the remaining loose excess skin. The best and most popular procedure is a breast lift. This is a very common procedure that will lift and also shape the breast by removing the excess skin. Most women find the breast lift procedure to be a very satisfying option to achieve their best look after implants are removed.
In addition, breasts can be naturally augmented with breast fat transfer. With this technique, fat is suctioned from other areas of your body, purified and then injected into the breasts.
Am I a candidate for breast implant removal?
If you are healthy for surgery and have reasonable expectations, you may elect to have your breast implants removed. Dr. Farris will help guide you with the treatment options and will give you an idea of what to expect after surgery.
How is breast implant removal performed?
This procedure involves removing the breast implants through the old breast scars. Whenever a foreign object, such as a breast implant, is placed within the body, a scar forms around the object. This is a normal process, and the scar is called a capsule in this case. Infrequently, the breast implant capsule can become hard and thick over time (capsular contracture) and typically, a portion or the entire capsule is removed during breast implant removal.
Removal of the breast capsule is called capsulectomy. Depending on each clinical scenario, this can be either:
- A total or en-bloc capsulectomy, where the entire capsular tissue is removed
- A partial capsulectomy, where only a portion of the capsule is excised
What to expect after breast implant removal?
Breast implant removal (with or without a breast lift) is an outpatient surgical procedure where you are able to go home the same day to relax and recover at home. Most patients are able to resume basic activity and be off prescription pain medication after the first few days. However, strenuous activity or exercise is to be avoided for 3-4 weeks.
Generally, expect to have some swelling for a few weeks. A surgical bra or sports bra is worn for about one month. Stitches are placed under the skin during surgery so there are no stitches to remove in the office. You may use vitamin E cream and scar products beginning 3 weeks after surgery to optimize healing of your scars. Dr. Farris and his staff at Farris Plastic Surgery will also provide specific instructions regarding your surgery.
Contact our Dallas Breast Surgeon
Please contact Farris Plastic Surgery using the form on this page or call 214-363-1073 today to schedule a consultation. We serve patients in the Dallas, Texas area.