Breast Implant Removal
Breast augmentation surgery is perhaps the most common cosmetic surgery procedure performed today with a good history of helping patients who desire to enhance their physical appearance. However happy one may be with their new breast implants, there may come a time when they need to be removed or replaced.
What is Breast Implant Removal Surgery?
Occasionally, both silicone and saline breast implants may be recommended for removal (implant explantation) to ensure no complications arise, or based on patient preference. Usually the implant is replaced with a similar one or the patient may wish to make some changes. Patients can choose a new size, shape or type of breast implant or may opt not to have a replacement at all.
If no replacement is chosen, or if there has been notable weight loss since the previous implant surgery, it may be preferred to have a breast lift surgery. This can happen at the same time as the implant removal and can greatly enhance the effect of the final outcome.
In some cases the implant needs to be removed due to complications such as capsular contracture, asymmetry or implant rupture. Whatever your requirements our Jacksonville based plastic surgery team will be more than capable of fulfilling your needs.
What is En Bloc Capsulectomy?
In breast augmentation surgery, the body forms a thin layer of scar tissue around the implant, called a capsule. capsular contracture (often mistakenly referred to as encapsulation), is when the scar tissue becomes thick, causing hardening or distortion of the breast implant, resulting in a change in its natural appearance. Infrequently there may be some tenderness or pain. The formation of a scar tissue capsule around a foreign object in the body is a perfectly normal immune system response and is nothing to worry about unless symptoms cause discomfort or distortion. In such cases it is best to remove the implant and surrounding scar tissue to alleviate the discomfort. This type of breast implant revision is known as a Capsulectomy.
En Bloc Capsulectomy is simply when the implant and scar tissue are removed altogether as one piece. This is typically required if the implant has ruptured, the capsule has developed calcifications, or for patients who want to ensure that the implant and capsule have been removed in their entirety. Be sure to speak with our surgeon if this is a concern for you.
Breast Implant Removal Procedure – What does it Involve?
The breast implant removal procedure itself can be simple and quick, or may take more time if an en bloc capsulectomy is recommended. In most cases the implant can be removed through the same route it was inserted. The incision is made along the existing scar to limit any unnecessary added tissue damage to the skin. If a silicone breast implant was used it can be deflated before removal and a much smaller incision made. In the case of ruptured silicone breast implant removal, or en bloc Capsulectomy, a larger incision is required. Either way the incision will usually be in the same location as the existing scar and little to no new scarring will be added.
At this time the patient may desire to include breast lift surgery to remove any sagging skin that may have occurred since the augmentation procedure. A breast lift can also offset any stretch in the skin that occurred to accommodate the new implant. If no replacement implant is being added, then some degree of breast lift may be advised. Speak with your surgeon about your options and make sure that you are happy with your treatment plan before you proceed. Posh Plastic Surgery in Jacksonville, FL, is well equipped to help you with every step of your breast implant removal or implant replacement. Our all-female team will provide the care, compassion and support you need to ensure you are satisfied with the results of your implant removal or replacement.
Breast Implant Removal Recovery
Recovery from breast implant removal surgery is typically easier than the original breast augmentation surgery. One can expect bruising, swelling and some pain at the site, and we recommend refraining from strenuous activity for 6 weeks. You will get all the information you need regarding recovery in your care package.
Breast Implant Removal Cost
Breast implant removal cost is dependent upon a number of factors. I can vary depending on Saline or silicone implants, en bloc or simple removal procedure, removal only or replacement with new implants, and inclusion of breast lift surgery during the removal. All these factors will influence the cost of your breast implant removal. Speak with your surgeon to get a full picture of what your treatment plan entails and the associate cost.
If you would like to schedule your procedure or just need some answers to your questions then please feel free to contact us here at Posh Plastic Surgery in Jacksonville, Florida, where you are always in caring and capable hands.