Breast Implant Removal
If you’ve previously had breast implants but have decided that you no longer want them or are aware that they may be coming towards the end of their term, they can be surgically removed with breast explant surgery, also known as breast implant removal surgery.
What Is A Breast Explant?
In some cases, patients want breast removal surgery once their implants’ lifespan has ended – typically around 15 years. In other instances, the patient has simply decided that they no longer wish to have them and opt for taking out implants before their expiry date. During breast explant surgery, the implant is surgically removed. However, they can be replaced depending on the patient’s desired result and this can be performed via a breast implant replacement surgery.
What Should You Expect During Your Consultation?
During your first consultation, you will have the opportunity todiscuss your surgery expectations with us. From here we’ll be able to determine the best course of treatment that’s right for you and your expectations. You’re also welcome to ask any questions you may have about the procedure. It’s important that you’re honest about your medical history with us at this time so we’re able to meet your needs as much as possible.
How Should I Prepare For Breast Implant Removal Surgery?
There are a number of precautions you should take 6 weeks before the breast implant removal surgery, they are:
- Stop smoking
- Don’t take aspirin
- Stop taking herbal supplements and anti-inflammatory tablets
After the surgery, you should arrange for a friend or relative to collect you from the hospital. Shortly after surgery, you may find it difficult to manoeuvre and shouldn’t put too much strain on the surgical area. You’ll also need to take 1 to 2 weeks off work for your breast implant removal recovery.
What Happens During Surgery?
The breast explant operation should take 1 – 2 hours to complete and is usually performed under general anaesthetic. For this procedure, the incision is made in the same place as when your implants were put in to avoid creating new scars. The implant is then removed and the area is closed with stitches. In some cases, breast implant removal surgery can be combined with a breast uplift to reshape the breasts. This can prevent your breasts from looking flat after breast implant removal surgery and provide them with a more aesthetically pleasing result.
What to Expect After Breast Implant Removal
You will probably experience some swelling, bruising and general discomfort immediately after surgery, which is normal. To help tackle the pain, you may wish to take painkillers which can help to reduce the discomfort that you’re feeling. You might also need to wear a special supportive bra or garment to aid your recovery. It’s also recommended that you:
- Avoid any strenuous activity or exercise
- Keep the wounds dry
- Wear loose clothing while the wound heal
- Avoid driving
The following week after the surgery, you’ll be seen in the dressings clinic to check that your recovery is going as smoothly as possible. Overall, you should expect your breast implant removal recovery to take up to 6 weeks, but this can differ depending on your personal circumstances. It should also be noted that it’s likely to take several months before your breasts begin to settle.
Risks And Complications
At UK Aesthetics, we have plenty of experience in breast explant surgery. However, as with any cosmetic surgery procedure, there are some risks and complications to consider. Some risks include infection, bleeding, hematoma, skin loss and seroma. All possible outcomes will be discussed during your consultation, including what course of action will be taken in the unlikely instance that they occur.
Below are some common breast implant removal questions that our patients tend to ask before their surgery or during their consultation.