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Breast Implant Removal in Houston, Texas

Breast implants may be removed after breast implantation for a variety of reasons. Regardless of whether you are having complications from your breast implants or simply want your implants removed after a period of time, the plastic surgeons at The Oaks Plastic Surgery (TOPS), Dr. Danielle Andry, Dr. Courtney El-Zokm or Dr. Nandi Wijay can help you meet your goals.

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What is 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.

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.

What can you expect at your initial consultation at The Oaks Plastic Surgery in Houston, Texas

If you are interested in breast implant removal in Houston, Texas, an appointment can be made with one of our TOPS plastic surgeons, Dr. Danielle Andry, Dr. Courtney El-Zokm, or Dr. Nandi Wijay. You can expect the initial consultation to last an hour or more. In your consultation, your plastic surgeon will:

  • Listen to your specific complaints and goals.
  • Perform a thorough examination, focusing on your individual anatomy. Precise measurements and photographs will be taken.
  • Depending on your goals following implant removal, your plastic surgeon will discuss details of the cosmetic surgical procedures that are offered and which approach is right for you. Details regarding breast scars and technique will be outlined for you.
  • If you and your plastic surgeon feel that placement of a new implant is the right choice for you, you will be given an opportunity to explore the different breast implant types and try on different size breast implants.
  • The risks and benefits of breast implant removal will be thoroughly outlined
  • You will be given ample opportunity to ask questions from both our plastic surgeons and cosmetic staff regarding breast implant removal surgery
  • You will be sent home with a packet of information regarding the breast implant removal including a detailed consent form and instructions for before and after your breast implant removal surgery in Houston, Texas.

What procedures are often performed with breast implant removal

Breast implant removal is often performed along with removal of the scar surrounding the implant (capsulectomy), implant replacement, and/or a breast lift (mastopexy). Patients who have gained weight over time may also benefit from liposuction or a tummy tuck to complete their new look.

What you can expect on the day of surgery

The day of your surgery, your TOPS plastic surgeon will meet you in the preoperative area to go over any last minute questions or concerns you may have. Your plastic surgeon will make preoperative markings and perform extensive checks with careful attention to detail, ensuring high quality care and safety. You will meet the anesthesiologist and their team, as well as the members of our plastic surgery operative team.

During the breast implant removal procedure, our plastic surgeons pay meticulous attention to detail and work as a team to ensure a great result with a focus on safety and quality. Your family will be updated of your status periodically and will be able to talk with your plastic surgeon one-on-one after the breast implant removal procedure is completed.

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What can you expect for recovery after breast implant removal

After your breast procedure, you will be placed in a special post-surgical bra or wrap. You will have a light dressing covering the incisions. Swelling is typical after surgery. You may shower 24 hrs after the procedure. The plastic surgeons at The Oaks Plastic Surgery employ a multimodal pain regimen to decrease or eliminate your need for narcotic pain medication, which allows our cosmetic patients to recover quickly and feel more like themselves soon after their cosmetic surgery procedure. Most of our patients are ready to go back to work within 1-2 weeks. Initially, our plastic surgeons and staff in Houston will see you or communicate with you daily to ensure proper healing. Most of the swelling begins to subside over the first week or two and typically resolves by 4-6 weeks. We advise that you refrain from strenuous activity or heavy lifting greater than 10 lbs for 4-6 weeks during the healing process.

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