Breast Implant Replacement
Breast implant removal may also be referred to as explant surgery and is the process where breast implants are removed from the body and not replaced.
There are many reasons why a woman would choose to have her breast implants removed. These include:
- Unhappy with shape or size
- Change in lifestyle
- Capsular Contracture
- Ruptured implants
- Implants that have bottomed out
- Concerns regarding the integrity of the implants
What surgical options are available for breast implant removal?
Breast Implant Removal – Your breast implants are removed, and no further surgery is performed.
Breast Capsulectomy –A capsulectomy procedure removes the implant and the capsule which is the lining around your implant. Capsular contracture is caused by the implant’s capsule tightening and compressing the implant.
Enbloc – An enbloc procedure involves removing the capsule and the implant at the same time with the implant still within the capsule. This can be a very difficult procedure and it is not easy to guarantee that it can be achieved. In some cases the capsule tissue is tightly attached to the chest or very thin and instead a breast capsulectomy will be performed.
Breast Auto Augmentation – A breast auto augmentation procedure is a great option for patients who are looking to maintain some fullness to their breast but don’t want an implant anymore. This specialised technique uses the patient’s own breast tissue and uses it like a breast implant to relocate higher within the breast to give a more uplifted and fuller appearance to the chest.
Breast Implant Removal and Uplift – This combined procedure if often recommended to patients where the breast tissue has stretched. Once the implant is removed then a breast uplift is performed where the nipple is relocated and lifted back up to a higher position.
Your implant removal procedure will begin with a consultation with one of our expert breast surgeons at a clinic of your choice.
At your consultation you will be able to discuss your concerns and find out your options to see which approach will be most suitable for you.
Your surgeon will then:
- Review your medical history
- Examine your breasts
- Discuss your expectations from surgery
- Detail the risks and complications of implant removal surgery
- Go through the aftercare and recovery process
You will then be allocated a dedicated patient coordinator who will be your point of contact should you wish to go ahead with the procedure.
During your journey you may decide to have a number of consultations with your plastic surgeon and their nursing team before deciding to go ahead with surgery.