An increasing number of patients with breast implants are now undergoing treatment to remove them.
Breast implant removal is a viable option for women who no longer want their implants following breast augmentation. Breast lift surgery is a popular procedure for women who choose to remove (and not replace) their breast implants, as this can correct any stretching that took place due to the implants. Replacement of breast implants (breast implant revision) can correct changes in the breast shape that occurred due to the formation of scar tissue (capsule).
Reasons for Getting Implants Removed
- A rupture in the implant
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- Saggy breasts caused by the weight of the implant
- The original surgery not giving you the results you desired
- The implants have slipped into a lower position
- The implants have become displaced causing breast distortion
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Breast Implant REMOVAL
Breast Implant Replacement
Generally, patients request an implant removal when they are no longer happy with their breast augmentation results. However, in the instance that you do not want to go back to having 100% natural breast contours, the procedure can be extended to have the original implant removed and replaced to either achieve greater breast enlargement or a more natural look. To read more about breast implant replacements, click here.
Breast Explant Without Replacement
If you have had a change in lifestyle and no longer desire your implants, our team can bring your breasts back to their original size and shape. Another option would be to combine breast implant removal with a breast lift (mastopexy). This is becoming an increasingly popular procedure amongst breast explant patients.
The En Bloc Technique
It is essential to preserve the shape of the original breast when performing breast implant removal surgery. The En Bloc technique is generally performed on ruptured implants or in more complex cases.
En Bloc technique is used by Dr Mark Doyle in which the breast implant and its surrounding scar tissue (capsule) is removed in one piece. By removing the breast capsule and implant together, it reduces the risk of any fluid leaking into your breast tissue, capsular contraction being an example.
If this isn’t possible, the implant will first be removed, followed by the capsule.
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Recovery Time After Breast Implant Removal
The recovery time after breast implant removal will vary but you can generally expect to return to your usual occupation within one to two weeks, and return to your normal exercise routine within a month.
The En Bloc Technique at Gold Coast Plastic Surgery
The following videos demonstrate Dr. Doyle’s technique for full removal of breast implants with their surrounding capsules. This ensures that there is no silicone gel left behind in the body.
Dr. Mark Doyle Removing the Capsule from a Breast Implant
Dr. Mark Doyle Shows a Ruptured Breast Implant Inside a Capsule
Instead of simply slicing through a capsule and removing the implants, Dr. Doyle removed the whole capsule surrounding the implant. This ensures no silicone gel from the ruptured implant was left behind in the body.
To find out more about this procedure or to book your consultation with Dr Doyle, contact the team at The Gold Coast Plastic Surgery today!
Breast Implant Removal Before and Afters
Breast Implant Removal FAQs
Several different elements are factored into the final cost of a breast implant removal procedure, including the surgeon, anaesthetist and hospital fees. The final cost will vary between patients because of unique surgery requirements and medical considerations. The best way to receive a more accurate quotation is to schedule a consultation. While cost is certainly important, it shouldn’t be your only consideration. Under certain conditions, breast implant removal surgery may qualify for a Medicare rebate. It all depends on the reasons for wanting to remove your implants. We can tell you more about whether you qualify during your consultation.
Whether or not a lift is required following breast implant removal is dependent on the condition of your skin, how long you’ve had the implants for and the size of the implants. Not all patients will require a lift. However, there is a chance that your breasts will look flatter and wrinkled after the removal, in which case, a lift will be recommended. Dr Doyle can give you a better idea about whether a lift will be required during your consultation.
The risks and potential complications associated with breast implant removal is very similar to other types of surgery. Infection, haematoma and anaesthesia-related complications are all possible. Numbness and scarring are some of the other potential risks associated with this surgery. Dr Doyle will ensure that you are fully aware of any potential risks and complications prior to your procedure. With the help of proven surgical techniques and by following the necessary aftercare instructions, there’s no reason why risks should be a cause for concern.
Yes, your breasts can still look natural once your implants are removed. However, to achieve a more natural outcome, an additional procedure such as a lift or fat transfer will be required. Dr Doyle will work with you to find an approach that will ensure you achieve your goals and feel good about your appearance. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to breast implant removal surgery.
The recovery period will be different for every patient. On average, however, patients can expect a recovery period of one to two weeks. After a week, most of the bruising and tenderness will have subsided and patients will be able to drive and return to work. As with your augmentation surgery though, any vigorous exercise or heavy lifting will need to be avoided for about a month. Scarring will appear worse than it is during the first three months but the incision marks will fade, especially if you care for them correctly. We will also require you to attend a post-operative appointment so that Dr Doyle can monitor your healing process.
This all depends on your reasons for wanting to remove your implants. If you’ve been happy with your breast implants but have experienced a complication such as capsular contracture, you may choose to insert new implants. However, if your lifestyle has changed or you’re concerned about certain risks and complications, you may choose to remove your breast implants for good.