Breast Implant Removal
Reasons for undergoing a breast implant removal, or explant, include implant rupture or deflation, capsular contracture or other healing complications, implant rippling or shifting, breast sagging, weight loss/gain, diagnosis of breast cancer, or simply a desire to change the breast size or shape. While many of these problems can be treated with revision surgery, some women may choose or need to have their implants removed without replacement.
Reasons for Undergoing a Breast Implant Removal
Breast Implant Removal Procedure
Breast implant removal surgery is a relatively simple procedure, and recovery time should be about the same as for the initial breast augmentation. The procedure is usually performed under general anaesthesia, on an outpatient basis. Most patients can return to work within a week and return to normal activities after a few weeks. Full recovery may take a few months. Patients undergoing removal of implants with submuscular placement may experience slightly longer and more painful recoveries, because of the deeper penetration necessary during their removal. Similarly, textured implants are slightly more difficult to remove than smooth implants, because they are designed to cling to the breast cavity. Implants are normally removed through the same incisions used for placement, minimizing additional scarring. In cases where transaxillary (armpit) or transumbilical (navel) incisions were initially used, a secondary incision will need to be made. You may be fitted with drains that will help collect excess fluid that may build up in the empty breast cavity following your removal procedure.