Breast Implant Removal
If you’ve previously had breast implants but have decided that you no longer want them, they can be surgically removed with breast explant 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 implants and want them removed prior to this expiry date. During breast explant surgery, the implant is surgically removed. However, they can be replaced through breast implant replacement surgery depending on the patient’s desired result.
What Should You Expect During Your Consultation?
During your first consultation you will discuss your surgery expectations with the surgeon to determine the best course of treatment. 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 at this time.
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. You’ll also need to take 1 to 2 weeks off work for your 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 closed with stitches. In some cases, this procedure can be combined with a breast uplift to reshape the breasts.
You will probably experience some swelling, bruising and general discomfort immediately after surgery and you may wish to take painkillers to help with this. You might 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.
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.
Who Is Suitable For The Surgery?
Those whose implants have ruptured or if their implants lifespan has come to an end. Anyone who has changed their mind about having breast implants and wants them removed.
What Are The Scars After Breast Implant Removal?
Scars after this procedure are minimal as the incisions are made in the same place as the initial implant surgery. They will soon fade to white over time, the same as the original scars.
How Much Does Implant Removal Cost?
This depends on what exactly is required. A full quote including all applicable fees will be provided after the first consultation.
What Do Breasts Look Like After Implant Removal?
Breasts can lose shape once the implants are removed, which is why many patients also combine this with an uplift.