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Breast Implant Removal

Breast Implant Removal is a surgical procedure to reverse the breast augmentation, replace, revise the shape or size of the breast, or to simply remove the implants.

Breast Implant Removal procedure is called for when one’s breast implant has ruptured, having capsular calcifications or capsular contracture, breast cancer, and other complications such as:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Calcium build up
  • Necrosis or the development of dead tissues around the breast implant
The Procedure
A general anaesthesia or sedatives will be administered before the procedure. The surgeon will then remove the capsule surrounding the implants. After which, the breast implants will be removed. If one has a saline implant, it will first be deflated before removing them through the same incision where the breast augmentation was performed. Sometimes, the capsule may need to be removed through a procedure called, “capsulectomy.”
Risks and Complications

These are rare and often only temporary, however, they may include:

  • Allergic reaction to general anaesthesia
  • Blood clotting or deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
  • Breast sensation become less sensitive that may last up to 6 months
  • Numbness
  • Development of red, thick and painful scars which may last for a couple of years
  • Breast deformity or the sagging of the breast

 

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q. Should I have breast implant removal or replacement?

A. A breast implant removal is more complicated than a breast implant replacement. Aside from that, a breast implant removal is more prone to infection and bleeding.

Q. How is the recovery after the breast implant removal / breast implant replacement?

A. There will be a discomfort and soreness after the procedure and it would take several days before a patient can return to her activities.

Q. Is it the breast implant removal painful?

A. The breast implant removal is more comfortable than the breast augmentation.

Q. Is it possible to have a breast implant removal without a lift?

A. It depends on the position of the nipple, how much ptosis, and the size of the implants. If the nipple is above the fold of the inframammary, then a breast lift is not necessary. However, if the nipple is below the inframammary, then it is best to have a breast lift.

Q. How does the breast implant removal procedure last?

A. It would usually take between one to two hours for the entire procedure.

Q. What will I expect after the removal of the breast implants?

A. If the implants that are removed are large, your breast will look deflated and saggy caused by the stretching of the tissue when there were still implants. In that case, a revision or breast lift may be necessary to make the breast look nice as it was even before the breast implant took place.

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