Breast Implant RemovalConveniently located to serve Scottsdale, Phoenix, Mesa, Glendale,
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BREAST IMPLANT REMOVAL SURGERY
Who can benefit from Implant removal surgery?
Women who are concerned with health-related issues, implant integrity, capsular contracture, safety, pain, or migration of the implants, might consider changing or just removing their implants. Age, weight, pregnancy, and breastfeeding can all change the shape, size, and weight of the breasts.
One of the leading causes of implant removal is capsular contracture (a hardened scar around the implant) that can cause pain and discomfort, migration of the implant and distortion of the implant(s). Often, women present for consultation with issues like capsular contracture or changes in the look of the breast. When discussing options women often ask, “Do I have to replace my implants, or can they just be removed?” Some women decide they are tired of having implants.
What will I look like after breast implant removal?
What you are left with depends on how much native breast tissue you have, how big and how long you had your implants and the quality of your skin. The skin will contract over the course of about six months. Women who have extra skin may want a breast lift at the time of the removal or may decide to have a secondary surgery to lift the breast if the breast skin did not contract to the satisfaction of the patient.
Dr. Lille uses an incision under the breast in the crease to remove the implant and in some cases the capsule around the implant. The surgery can take about 2.5 hours while you are asleep under general anesthesia. If you are having any additional procedures, it will take longer.
It is normal to have some discomfort and swelling shortly after your surgery. It will also be hard to move your arms and upper body around as you normally do. You should have more mobility and less pain within a couple of weeks.
You will need to be off work for about a week (working from home is fine) and will have drainage tubes for 7-10 days (about 1 to 1 and a half weeks). You cannot shower while the drains are in. We provide pain relief medications should you need it. We ask that you not be active for three weeks after surgery. You can return to more strenuous activity in 4-6 weeks.
What happens if I don’t like the results of removing my implants?
If you are unsatisfied with the cosmetic look of your breasts after your implants are removed and want the fullness back, you can have new implants put back in after about 9 months. Dr. Lille prefers to give your breasts enough time to heal internally and replenish the blood supply that is compromised when implant removal (capsulectomy) is done. As of now, there is no other reliable method for replacing the fullness an implant provides (even fat grafting).
Risks associated with breast implant removal
Breast implant removal surgery is not without risks. Like any of the procedures Dr. Lille performs, although our complication rate is less than 1%, risks could include: bleeding, infection, ongoing pain, scarring loss of sensation to the breast or nipple, seroma (fluid collection), damage to deeper underlying structures such as lung, complications from anesthesia such as allergic reaction or nausea. Only you can decide whether surgery is the right option for you.
What does it cost?
The average cost for implant removal starts at $3000. There would be additional fees for the operating room, anesthesia, and/or additional procedures. Insurance does not typically cover this procedure if the implants were placed for cosmetic reasons.