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What is Breast
Explant Surgery?

Breast implant removal or explant is a surgical procedure in which the breast implant (silicone or saline) is removed from the breast pockets, giving you a more natural-looking breast.

What is Breast
Explant Surgery?

Breast implant removal or explant is a surgical procedure in which the breast implant (silicone or saline) is removed from the breast pockets, giving you a more natural-looking breast.

Why choose an explant surgery?

The approach to undergo a breast implant removal (explant) surgery varies from patient to patient. While some choose to remove their implants for cosmetic reasons, others do so out of health concerns.

Cosmetic Concerns: If for some cosmetic reason, initial breast implantation did not yield the desired result, patients will consider having the implants removed. In others, the shape achieved after the first breast augmentation changes over time, owing to the factors such as hormonal fluctuations, pregnancy, and considerable change in weight. 

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What is Breast
Implant Illness (BII)?

In recent years many women have expressed experiencing symptoms of “breast implant illness,” such as fatigue, cognitive dysfunction (brain fog or memory-loss), muscle pain, joint pain, hair loss, gastrointestinal upset, skin rashes and generalized weakness. If you can recall when these symptoms first appeared, you may notice a pattern of how they started after the implantation and have only compounded since.

If you’re experiencing strange health symptoms or just not feeling yourself, you need a surgeon who understands how to test for breast implant illness. Help us find your nearest American-Board-Certified Plastic surgeon.

Other reasons that can cause a concerned patient is a capsular contracture or implant rupture.

What is Breast
Implant Illness (BII)?

In recent years many women have expressed experiencing symptoms of “breast implant illness,” such as fatigue, cognitive dysfunction (brain fog or memory-loss), muscle pain, joint pain, hair loss, gastrointestinal upset, skin rashes and generalized weakness. If you can recall when these symptoms first appeared, you may notice a pattern of how they started after the implantation and have only compounded since.

If you’re experiencing strange health symptoms or just not feeling yourself, you need a surgeon who understands how to test for breast implant illness. Help us find your nearest American-Board-Certified Plastic surgeon.

Other reasons that can cause a concerned patient is a capsular contracture or implant rupture.

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Breast Explant Procedures

After breast implant surgery, scar tissue is naturally formed around your implant. Thus, all breast implants have a capsule built around them, which is normal and expected. If due to some complication, the plastic surgeon recommends its removal, a capsulectomy is performed.

Capsulotomy

This surgical procedure is conducted to modify the scar capsule by removing part of the capsule around the implant to make more space for the implant. However, this is not the ideal technique used for breast explant surgery.

Total Capsulectomy

Breast explant with total capsulectomy is a surgical procedure that involves removing the entire capsule, also known as scar tissue that surrounds the implant. The surgeon may remove the implant first and then the capsule.

Subtotal Capsulectomy

This surgical procedure is conducted to modify the scar capsule by removing part of the capsule around the implant to make more space for the implant. However, this is not the ideal technique used for breast explant surgery.

En Bloc Capsulectomy

Breast explant with En Bloc Capsulectomy is a surgical procedure in which the entire capsule, including the breast implant, is removed intact as one piece. The capsule with scar tissue should not be punctured during the surgical procedure.

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Client testimonials

It’s always the word of mouth that’s the best advice. Here are some of ours client testimonials.

Dr. Barrett is a true artist. He is amazing and super understanding. I had my implants removed which was a huge step for me and was extremely on the fence about the whole thing and afraid I would no longer love what I saw in the mirror. Dr Barrett addressed my concerns and him and his team made me feel so comfortable about everything and gave me all the information I needed to make the decision

Adrienne C

OMG I could feel and see the difference in my breast immediately. Amazingly there was no additional scarring. He went through my old incisions. I am still in postop. It has only been 3 weeks and I feel such a drastic change. I am so grateful for him. If there was a way to give this man Ten Stars across-the-board I would. I have had such a phenomenal experience with Dr. Barret. He comes highly recommended for me. I get emotional just thinking about it. I definitely was well taken care of.

GC

I was very nervous in choosing a surgeon to make such an altering operation, but dr Barrett made me feel safe right from the start, and I loved the professional and wonderful staff and environment. They were all very professional and genuinely caring. I couldn’t be any happier with my results and I would recommend Dr Barrett to anyone I know.

Anonymous Patient

A GOOD WORD MEANS A LOT

Client testimonials

It’s always the word of mouth that’s the best advice. Here are some of ours client testimonials.

Dr. Barrett is a true artist. He is amazing and super understanding. I had my implants removed which was a huge step for me and was extremely on the fence about the whole thing and afraid I would no longer love what I saw in the mirror. Dr Barrett addressed my concerns and him and his team made me feel so comfortable about everything and gave me all the information I needed to make the decision

Adrienne C

OMG I could feel and see the difference in my breast immediately. Amazingly there was no additional scarring. He went through my old incisions. I am still in postop. It has only been 3 weeks and I feel such a drastic change. I am so grateful for him. If there was a way to give this man Ten Stars across-the-board I would. I have had such a phenomenal experience with Dr. Barret. He comes highly recommended for me. I get emotional just thinking about it. I definitely was well taken care of.

GC

I was very nervous in choosing a surgeon to make such an altering operation, but dr Barrett made me feel safe right from the start, and I loved the professional and wonderful staff and environment. They were all very professional and genuinely caring. I couldn’t be any happier with my results and I would recommend Dr Barrett to anyone I know.

Anonymous Patient

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frequently asked questions

What is the reason for fat transfer to the breast from other body sites at the time of implant removal?2020-08-25T21:17:22+00:00

A fat transfer from other parts of the body to the breast is done to maintain the breast’s fullness. At the time of consultation, your breast explant surgeon will examine your abdomen, back, flanks, thigh, hips, and buttocks to be certain that adequate fat tissue is available for grafting.

What is the recommendation regarding the removal of textured breast implants?2020-08-25T21:17:05+00:00

Textured breast implants are known to cause a rare form of T-cell lymphoma (cancer) known as breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). The decision to remove textured breast implants should be made under the light of most current information and recommendations by the FDA. If you have a previous history of textured implant, we advise you to visit your breast explant surgeon for consultation.

Will the removal of breast implants leave a permanent scar?2020-08-25T21:16:38+00:00

Most of the time, we incise through already existing inframammary (below breast) scars for an explanation; however, when a capsulectomy is performed, the incision is considerably long, leading to a visible permanent scar.

Do breast-lifts after implant removal last forever?2020-08-25T21:16:20+00:00

Breast lift after implant removal is useful only for a limited time. The rate at which the breast lift needs renewal depends on the size of the original implant and the patient’s breast structure. The extent of breast lift at the time of implant removal is limited by blood flow availability. Many times, the breast cannot be lifted to the maximum extent due to decreased blood flow caused by either current or past surgical incisions. It is recommended by many aesthetic surgeons not to renew the incision for at least one year. However, you can further discuss with your surgeon for any exceptions.

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