Breast implant removal, or explant, is a surgical procedure that extracts an implant from the breast pocket. It may be performed as regular maintenance to implants placed more than ten years ago, to reverse implant-related complications, or simply to adjust to a patient’s new preference. With or without replacement, implant removal can ensure comfort and satisfaction for years to come.
Is Breast Implant Removal right for you ?
During your initial consultation, your surgeon will provide a comprehensive exam and discuss your goals to determine the proper procedure.
Explant surgery will differ significantly depending on the concerns and goals of the individual patient. During your initial consultation, your surgeon will listen to your implant history and perform an extensive exam to help determine the correct type of procedure that will be the safest and most effective for you.
Importantly, if pain or complications are present, your surgeon will help you select the procedure type, incision technique, and/or implant type, size, and shape that will achieve your aesthetic goals and help to avoid similar problems in the future. Your surgeon will also help you create a detailed pre-operative plan for optimal results.
All breast implant removals are different. During the procedure, incisions will be placed as discussed during your consultation. The same incisions from the original surgery will be used to minimize scarring whenever possible. The implants will then be removed, leaving an empty breast pocket or replacing them with new implants in the size and shape you select.
Sometimes, a breast lift will be performed to remove excess skin. If a fat transfer is done, it may be performed after healing from your explant surgery. When needed, scar tissue will be removed as well. Finally, incisions will be closed in a layered approach to reduce tensions during healing and promote better scar formation.
It is normal to experience soreness and swelling for the first two weeks following your breast revision. Pain relievers and cold compresses are typically used to ease these side effects during the early portion of the recovery process. Some explants require extensive pocket repair that involves the use of specialized bras.
Your surgeon will provide specific instructions for optimal post-operative care, including an advanced scar management protocol after the initial healing period. Your surgical team is always available and will closely monitor your recovery in the weeks and months following surgery.