Many women have not considered what might happen if they need or want their breast implants removed. However, there are situations where, for personal or medical reasons, you may opt for breast implant removal. At Hanemann Plastic Surgery we approach breast implant removal procedures with compassion and the goal to leave you with a beautiful aesthetic.
The goal of breast implant removal varies by patient. While the implants will be removed, what happens following that depends on the needs and desires of the patient. Often breast implant removal is coupled with a breast implant revision procedure. Breast implant revision can include:
- Removing the breast implants so they can be replaced with new implants
- Removing the breast implants and repositioning them without replacement with new implants
If the revision is not desired or advisable, the breast implants will be removed and, if needed, a breast lift will be performed to correct any sagging and/or remove loose skin left following extraction.
Who May Need Breast Implant Removal?
Breast implant removal may be advisable in cases where a woman suffers from:
- Illnesses like breast cancer
- Calcium build up
- Capsular contraction
- Necrosis, the development of dead tissues in the areas around one or both implant/s
- Implant rupture, folding or deflation
- Implant movement caused by weight fluctuations or pregnancy
- Tension bands asymmetry
- Silicone leakage
Sometimes women have non-medical reasons for implant removal. They may feel they have gotten the wrong shape or size implants for their body. Others simply may not want them anymore. Whatever the reason, implant removal is a personal choice.
What Happens During The Procedure
General anesthesia is used during breast implant removal. During the procedure, your surgeon will make incisions in the same location the ones from your original implantation were made. In the case of capsular contracture, the hardened capsules will be removed. Removal will encourage the healing process.
If your removal includes a breast lift to correct loose or sagging skin, the excess tissue will be removed. Removing the skin provides you better support and improves your breasts aesthetics. When needed, your areolas may be resized, so they compliment your new breast shape. Regardless of whether you have a full removal, replacement, and or lift, the goal of the surgery is to leave you with the most beautiful breasts possible.
The Recovery Process
You will need to avoid certain activities, wear a compression garment, and take all prescribed medications. Most patients are able to return to work after about five days. Excessive exercise will need to be avoided for about six weeks.
Full recovery time will vary by patient depending on the reason for the removal and the specifics of the procedure. That said, most patients’ healing process takes three to four months.
For more information on breast implant removal, or to schedule a consultation, please contact the experts at here Hanemann Plastic Surgery in Baton Rouge today.