If you are having second thoughts about getting your breast implants removed, here is what you need to know about the complete procedure.

According to the FDA, about 20% of women with breast implants get their implants entirely removed within 8 – 10 years. Experts recommend replacing breast implants, silicone, and saline, every ten years, but what are the options if you want them completely gone?

Below are several reasons women who get breast implants or an augmentation have them removed:

• Capsular contracture: One of the most popular reasons women opt for an explant is a condition where the capsule forms around the implants harden and causes pain and discomfort.
• Aesthetic Concerns: Some women no longer prefer having them and are unhappy with how their breasts’ look after implants.
• Leakage or rupture in one or both implants.
• Breast Implant Illness (BII): Patients suffering from BII may suffer from unusual symptoms relating to their breast implants.
• Having discomfort in everyday life like shoulder or back pain, difficulty maintaining the implants, or feeling that the breasts are too heavy.
• Not satisfied with the shape of your implants.

When considering breast implant removal, it is common to have questions about the procedure and how your breast will look afterward, and if any additional measures are required.

Below is everything you should know about the breast implant removal process and how best to answer your questions.

Who is an ideal candidate for the breast implant removal process?

If you are realistic about the results, in overall good health, and a nonsmoker, you are the right candidate for breast implant removal. Dr. Barrett Plastic Surgery recommends researching the operation before deciding on implant removal. It is smart to review before and after pictures to set a realistic expectation of the explant results. Lastly, schedule a consultation with Dr. Barrett to discuss your concerns for the most helpful advice.

What happens in a breast implant removal process?

If you choose to have your breast implant removed, consult a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Barrett first to assess the implant’s condition and the aesthetic goals you are seeking. The process is simple if the implant is in a normal state without any capsular hardening. In this case, Dr. Barrett will remove the implant from the breast capsule. Every person is different and determining if a complication can arise is not straightforward (e.g., the capsule is hardened, deflated, or contracted), making the procedure a bit more intricate. Nevertheless, Dr. Barrett is a surgeon with meticulous technical skill and experience, able to remove your breast implants with ease.

During the breast implant removal process, Dr. Barrett will make an incision to the lower fold of your breast and equivalent in size at the site of the original incision to prevent any additional scarring. In some cases, the incision may vary slightly to remove any other scar tissue (capsule) besides implants, known as capsulectomy.

How should I prepare for breast implant removal?

Preparation for breast implant removal requires lab tests, taking certain medications, avoiding others, and stopping smoking beforehand. Breast implant removal typically occurs in an outpatient setting. Each case is different and depends on the individual. It is advisable to have a trusted person by your side to drive you home because post-op effects from the anesthesia may make you uneasy for a day or two.

What are the risks involved in breast implant removal?

Although it is a safe procedure, breast implant removal can carry potential risks like every invasive surgery. To manage effectively, discuss all your concerns beforehand with your healthcare provider. Potential risks of breast implant removal include bleeding, scarring, skin discoloration, fluid buildup at the site, or any other complications from anesthesia like nausea and allergic reactions.

It is also a reality you might not like the shape of your breasts after the procedure. Discussing these matters with Dr. Barrett beforehand provides the opportunity for recommending a breast lift or breast lift with fat transfer for a better and more desirable outcome.
What are the costs related to breast implant removal?

According to 2019 statistical data from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of breast implant removal is approximately $3000. However, the cost varies depending on your surgery’s physical location, surgeon fees, reputation, and experience. If you are thinking of getting your breast implants removed anywhere around Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, it can cost near $7000.

Suppose your insurance provider does not cover your surgery’s expenses because it is an elective procedure; no need to worry. There are premium insurance providers that might cover the implant removal costs. Our team is ready to provide you with options and answer your questions.
What results should I expect from breast implant removal?

The initial results from the breast implant removal show immediately, although there may be swelling and soreness post-op, which will subside with time until you can see the results.

Over time, breasts will undergo some sagging and loss of firmness and will not be as strong as you would expect after the procedure since the implants have been there for years, and you are used to seeing your breast with implants. You will also notice deflation of your breast post-op, and that is where you may want to consider a breast lift or breast lift with fat transfer.

What is breast implant removal with a breast lift or breast lift with fat transfer?

Dr. Barrett can conduct a breast lift or breast lift with a fat transfer simultaneously of your breast implant removal if your breast skin has extended or if you worry about ending up with sagging breasts. Dr. Barrett removes the implants and any extra breast skin and firms up the breast tissue to provide more coverage during the procedure. Dr. Barrett can also inject fat into your breast by taking unwanted fat cells from other parts of the body resulting in a very natural and beautiful outcome.

What difference can Dr. Barrett make to your breast implant removal surgery?

Dr. Barrett and his team will comprehensively assess your health. An option to consider is the premium package, which includes breast implant removal or explant, combined with a breast lift or a breast lift with fat transfer—giving you more natural-looking breasts without loss of volume or firmness for you to enjoy.

What should I expect during the recovery period?

The recovery from breast implant removal procedure typically does not require prolonged rest and is more comfortable than breast implant augmentation. You will be under observation for a short amount of time after surgery and return home the same day.

During the first 24 hours after the surgery, you will experience breast soreness easily manageable by over-the-counter pain medication. In a day or two, when the pain subsides, you can resume your everyday routines. You can also get back to work; make sure to avoid lifting heavy objects or straining activities for a week or two.

Note: There might be restrictions depending on the condition and tissue healing time for some patients.

Last thoughts

Whether you are experiencing complications from your breast implants or no longer desire to have them, breast implant removal can be the right option for you. The ideal way to choose what is best for you is by discussing your needs with Dr. Barrett, a board-certified plastic surgeon, to guarantee the most reliable possible results you desire.