Implant Removal – Explant

Implant Removal – Explant


Contrary to popular belief, implants are not meant to be permanently left in the body. They oftentimes need to be changed after many years of use. In fact, while breast implants often improve physical appearance and patients’ self-confidence, there are numerous other reasons that might drive women to request a breast implant removal surgery. This procedure, otherwise known as an explant surgery, requires qualified surgeons like Dr. Barrett to extract the implants from the breast pocket via minor incisions along the chest.

Implant Removal – Explant


As we stated earlier, there are many reasons that motivate patients to have an implant removal surgery. Some of the most common reasons are:

  • Complications from previous breast augmentation surgeries (i.e. capsular contracture)
  • Implant ruptures or malposition
  • Dissatisfaction with current appearance
  • Inappropriate implant size and/or breast sagging
  • Desire to stop using implants

Implant Removal – Explant

Results and Recovery

The recovery process for an implant removal is extremely similar to the process after your original augmentation surgery. Rest assured that Dr. Barrett will provide specific instructions on how to best care for yourself during the recovery period customized on your condition and surgery.

Just to review, the typical recovery period for a breast lift is approximately six weeks.Results should be visible immediately following the procedure, and minimal scarring is involved. It is perfectly normal for patients’ breasts to feel soreness, swelling, and bruising for the first two weeks following surgery. We recommend our breast reduction patients take at least one week off from work. Minimizing scar appearance is key in the postoperative period. Dr. Barrett meets with all patients once a week for six weeks to remove stitches week one and two (remember the five layers) and tapes the incisions each time. After the taping period is done, the patient will be prescribed a patented silicone scar gel to apply twice daily for 3 months to continue the healing process.

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