What is breast implant removal?
Breast implant surgery places breast implants under the breast in order to enlarge, or improve the shape of the breasts.
Most women who have breast implants will eventually have a breast implant revision procedure. This most commonly removes the implants and replaces them with new implants, although it can also be a repositioning of existing implants, or removal without replacement.
Some women also opt for breast implant removal as a personal choice. If a patient has had complications of breast implants, their surgeons may occasionally recommend removal of the implants without immediate replacement, especially if infection is present, suspected to be present, or there is a persistent capsular contracture.
Who is it for?
There are many reasons why a breast implant removal procedure may be needed, or wanted. Some of the more common reasons include:
implant rupture, folding or deflation, if saline filled.
the patient may feel their implants are the wrong size, shape or have moved in to the wrong position overtime from weight gain, weight loss or pregnancies.
capsular contracture, asymmetry, displacement, tension bands, silicone leakage or infection.
How is it done?
Breast implant removal usually reuses the original incisions the patient had for the initial implant surgery.
The method of implant revision will depend on your anatomy and your surgeon's recommendation. It may or may not require removal of the capsule. Implant removal is usually quite a simple operation, unless the implants are ruptured, which could make the surgery more complicated. An implant revision operation, where the old implants are removed because of complications and there is replacement, can sometimes be a more complex operation.
Implant removal is common, and there are many reasons why it is considered.
Breast implants are not guaranteed to last a lifetime. Future surgeries may be required to replace or remove one or both implants through a revision procedure.
Important to know
So you can make an informed decision, your elected surgeon will discuss the possible risks associated with breast implant surgery. Although the majority of patients do not experience these complications, it's important to understand how they can be managed in the event that they occur.