What is a breast implant removal?
Many cosmetic patients who have undergone breast implantation in the past choose to remove their breast implants for a variety of reasons. Unfortunately, removal of breast implants often isn’t as easy as simply removing the implant. Over time, the breast experiences changes due to the implant being in place. The body recognizes the implant as being a something foreign to the body and walls off the implant with a scar we call a capsule. Most of the time, this scar is thin and pliable; however, sometimes the scar can be thick and cause pain and distortion to the breast. Additionally, breast tissue may deflate over time due to the constant pressure of the breast implant. Therefore, when the breast implant comes out, unless a patient has undergone weight gain, they are often left with less breast tissue than they had prior to the augmentation.
With implant removal, patients require an incision through their previous augmentation scar. If the implant is intact, it is then removed. If the implant is ruptured, the implant casing as well at the implant material is completely removed and the tissues thoroughly cleansed. If the scar or capsule is problematic, it is also partially or fully removed with a procedure called a capsulectomy. A breast lift or implant replacement can then be performed depending on the patient’s desires.
Why you want breast implant removal?
Patients who have had breast implants placed in the past choose to have implants removed due to implant deflation, implant malposition, implant visibility or rippling, pain from implants, capsular contracture or scarring around the breast implant, weight gain, back pain, or simply because the implants have been in place for a long period of time and the patient would like them removed or exchanged.
Some patients who have had implants for a long period of time have some deflation of their natural breast tissue and some stretching of their overlying breast skin. In this case, you may want a procedure to lift the breast into a more aesthetic position, called a mastopexy or breast lift.
What you want from your implant removal?
If you have had breast implants in place that no longer look or feel good, you may want your implants removed. If you no longer want breast implants, one of our TOPS plastic surgeons can discuss different techniques to keep you looking good and feeling confident without implants. If you would like to keep your augmented look, your plastic surgeon can discuss different breast implant options and surgical techniques to meet your goals.