Patients who decide to have breast augmentation surgery with implants rarely expect they’ll be removing them down the road. However, approximately 40,000 women choose to do just that every year.
The reasons for these removals vary: some are not satisfied with the aesthetic results, others have complications like capsular contracture, while still others deal with implant shifting, ruptures, deflation, rippling, or asymmetry. Another reason is the size and shape of their implants no longer fit their lifestyle.
Whatever the reason, double board-certified plastic surgeon, Jonathan C. Weinrach, MD FACS offers breast implant removal to improve body contours, eliminate complications, and improve his patient’s quality of life.
Preparing for Breast Implant Removal Surgery
During your consultation, Dr. Weinrach evaluates your aesthetic goals, makes recommendations, and works closely with you before surgery to ensure he understands your vision and concerns. He advises patients on exactly what to expect before, during, and after the procedure.
What Should You Expect with a Breast Implant Removal?
This aesthetic solution may or may not center around your implants. Many women decide to remove their implants because they simply no longer desire them. If present, breast sagging after implant removal can be treated with a breast lift (mastopexy).
A straightforward breast implant removal surgery lasts approximately one hour under general anesthesia. Jonathan C. Weinrach, MD FACS can almost always use the same incisions as the initial breast augmentation procedure to remove the implant. Scar improvement, if needed, can be done at the same time.
If capsular contracture is present, then depending on the severity a capsulectomy may be indicated. This procedure involves removing the capsule (scar tissue) surrounding the implant, either after the implant is removed or together with the implant (en-bloc). This more extensive procedure requires more operating room time and effort than a simple implant removal. Simple breast implant removals in women with soft breasts and normal capsules do not need capsulectomy.
When the patient chooses not to replace her implants, the pocket where the implants once sat will seal over time.
Dr. Weinrach is dedicated to helping patients achieve their aesthetic goals through an individualized approach to patient care and commitment to safety. His extensive experience and unique skill set produces long-lasting, natural looking results.
Breast Implant Removal Recovery
Your recovery begins the instant you leave the operating room. Recovery varies based on the reasons to choose breast implant removal as well as whether or not other procedures are done at the same time such as breast implant replacement, capsulectomy, or breast lift. Follow Dr. Weinrach’s instructions carefully to avoid potential complications after your operation. He will provide you with valuable information on what you can and can not do after surgery, as well as provide instructions for incision care, and follow up appointments.
Breast Implant Removal Benefits
Visible improvement is immediate and continues to improve over time. Results vary depending on the size of implants we remove. It may take months for the breasts to reach their optimal condition.
As a woman ages, her body type changes which can cause concerns with implants she chose years if not decades before. With breast implant removal or replacement, she can enjoy a breast appearance more in tune with her current body and lifestyle.
Most patients are incredibly relieved to replace rippled, firm, and overly large or small implants with smooth, soft, natural-feeling implants of more appropriate size. Women who desire implant removal only are very satisfied with this decision as well.