Breast Implant Removal

Breast Implant Removal

Breast implant removal addresses concerns like implant malfunction, capsular contracture and dissatisfaction with breast size. It's commonly performed on implants with sagging due to aging, pregnancy or weight fluctuations. General anesthesia or intravenous sedation is used during surgery. To access the implant, the surgeon makes an incision in one of several areas around the areola, just below the armpit and under the fold of the breast. Many times, the incisions for breast implant removal are the same as the ones used during the original breast augmentation surgery. In addition to the breast implant, scar tissue will often be extracted during surgery.

Patients dissatisfied with the results of their breast implant surgery are candidates for a revision. Some women experience unwanted complications after breast augmentation such as asymmetry, breast pain and implant deflation. The best candidates are women who are in good health, not pregnant or nursing and are dissatisfied with their current breast implants. Bad breast implants and surgical complications are the two main reasons that patients choose to have breast augmentation revision.

The typical cost for a breast implant removal ranges from $2000 - $4000. However, the final cost will also include fees charged by the surgeon or the facility, any necessary medical tests, the geographic location of the procedure and if any other procedures are performed at the same time.

Generally, the procedure to remove breast implants is more comfortable than the initial breast augmentation, and recovery is relatively quick. However, the amount of post-operative discomfort depends on whether scar tissue is removed along with the implant. Patients can usually return to their normal activities within several days. The breasts will likely be sore after the replacement similar to the postoperative sensation experienced following the initial breast augmentation. To minimize risks, choose an experienced surgeon and follow all guidelines for recovery. The results of breast implant removal are permanent.

Capsulectomy for Capsular Contracture

submitted on   Wed Jun, 17, 2015 by Robert Troell, MD     
Capsulectomy, for capsular contracture after breast augmentation, can be performed in several ways. Capsular contracture is a common complication after breast augmentation that causes symptoms such as discomfort, pain and hard or distorted breasts. When a foreign object such as an implant is placed into...