You may want to have your breast implants removed for health
or personal reasons. Implant removal surgery, also known as explant surgery, is
usually quick with a mild recovery. Breast lift surgery is commonly done with implant
removal to help uplift and restore the appearance of your natural breasts.
Reasons to have your breast implants removed
There are many potential reasons that you may unhappy with
your breast implants and choose to have them removed. Reasons can include:
- Emotional stress or anxiety from having breast
- Unhappiness with the size and appearance of your
- Medical complications such as capsular
contracture, implant rupture, or pain in your neck, shoulders, and back
- Dissatisfaction with implant maintenance and
- Inability to exercise or play sports due to the
size and weight of your implants
How breast implant removal is performed
removal surgery is done under local or general anesthesia. Your surgeon
will make incisions in your breasts, usually over your original scars, and pull
out your implants. Your implants are surrounded by capsules of natural fibrous
scar tissue, and your surgeon may also remove these capsules if they are overly
thick or calcified. Your incisions are then closed, usually with dissolvable
You may choose to also have breast lift surgery at the time of your implant removal to
rejuvenate the appearance of your natural breasts. Your surgeon will make
incisions around your areolas, remove excess breast skin, and may also raise
the position of your nipples and areolas. The size and placement of the
incisions can vary depending on how much tissue is removed.
Most women can return to their normal activities after two
to three days. If you also have a breast lift, then you may need to rest for
around a week and avoid strenuous activity for about one month. You will have
some pain, swelling, and discomfort, but this should subside after a few days.
The costs of breast implant removal depend on your location,
surgeon, and the extent of your surgery. Anesthesia fees, surgery fees, and
whether or not you have a breast lift affect costs as well. You can speak with
your surgeon and health insurance provider for detailed cost information.