Breast Implant Refresh and Removal

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Breast augmentation with implants is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures.

Despite this demand for enhanced busts, some women may decide that breast implants are no longer for them. Breast implants are removed during an implant exchange procedure. Implants may be replaced or exchanged for several reasons. Whether it is due to discomfort, dissatisfaction, or concern, some women make the decision to have their breast implants removed or replaced. 

Dr. Daniel Brown is a board-certified plastic surgeon who is well-trained and has extensive experience in breast implant removal. If you are looking for more information or are ready for a refresh or total explant of your breast implants, schedule a private consultation with Dr. Daniel Brown today!

Benefits of Breast Implant Removal

Some women may have their implants removed to address concerns that may have developed over time. Benefits of having breast implants removed may include increased physical comfort, improved quality of life, better fitting clothes, greater self-esteem, and lessened health concerns. Feel free to reach out to Dr. Brown today to schedule your breast implant removal!

Candidates for Breast Implant Removal

Women looking to have their breast implants removed are in generally good health, are non-smokers, and are experiencing discomfort or concerns in relation to their breast implants. Furthermore, candidates for breast implant removal surgery may be experiencing capsular contracture where the scar tissue of the implant pocket has hardened and is distorting the shape of the breast(s). 

As implants are not lifetime devices, it is recommended that breast implants be removed or replaced every 10-20 years.

This is to mitigate the loss of integrity of the implants while in the body. Breast implants may also rupture, causing the surrounding breast tissue to become exposed to the implant filling or a noticeable deflation in the affected breast. In these instances, breast implant removal is advised. 

Others looking to remove their breast implants may have lost or gained significant weight and their breasts no longer complement their physique. Also, the size and weight of the implants may cause physical discomfort, including neck, back, and chest pain. Removal may address these concerns

Breast Implant Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL)

In early 2019, the FDA reported that a correlation has been found between textured breast implants and the development of BIA-ALCL. BIA-ALCL is not a cancer of the breast, but rather of the immune system. When caught early on, Breast Implant Associated-Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma is curable in most patients.1 

Breast Implant Illness

Breast Implant Illness is not a diagnosable medical illness, but rather a syndrome of symptoms that occur in the general population.

Women self-identify as having a cluster of symptoms that they relate to their breast implants. BII symptoms can include, but are not limited to, headaches, fatigue, chronic pain, anxiety, depression, and sleep disturbance. BII has been identified in patients with all types of implants: smooth and textured, saline and silicone.2

En Bloc Capsulectomy

If you are having health concerns that you believe are directly linked to your breast implants, Dr. Brown can remove the implants and surrounding capsule, en bloc. An en bloc capsulectomy is a surgical procedure where the breast implants and surrounding scar tissue are removed in one piece. During the removal, the implant remains encased in the capsule. This is to prevent any contamination from the implant or its contents coming in contact with the surrounding breast tissue.3 

En bloc capsulectomy can give you peace of mind when it comes to your health in relation to your breast implants. If you would like to discuss your breast implant removal questions with Dr. Brown, schedule your consultation today.

Breast Implant Removal Consultation

Your private, one-on-one consultation is your opportunity to have your specific questions answered. Dr. Daniel Brown is a board-certified plastic surgeon who will utilize his knowledge, skills, and expertise to take his time in addressing your concerns. During your consultation, Dr. Brown will inquire about your medical and health history. He will conduct a physical examination of your breasts and create a custom treatment plan for your breast implant removal surgery based on your individualized needs and goals. 

If you want to discuss a tailored approach to the removal of your breast implants, contact Dr. Daniel Brown today to schedule your consultation. 

Breast Implant Removal Procedure

Right before your breast implant removal surgery, Dr. Brown will mark your breast(s) using a sterile marker. This will help him identify specific anatomical landmarks and incision locations.

You will be administered a general anesthesia by a licensed anesthetist to make you comfortable during surgery. 

Depending on your specific needs, Dr. Brown may utilize the same incisions from your augmentation surgery to remove your implants. This will minimize visible scarring after healing. If you are undergoing an en bloc capsulectomy, an incision will be made along the inframammary fold in order to aid in visualization of the capsule and to accommodate the size of the encapsulated implant. 

If you are undergoing an implant exchange, Dr. Brown will insert the new implants and ensure symmetry and aesthetically pleasing results before closing the incisions. If you wish to enhance the bust following implant removal, you may opt for a fat transfer to your breasts. This will provide some fullness that will be lost after an explant procedure.

Fat Transfer to Breasts

A total breast implant removal on its own will result in a deflated look. To maintain some fullness in the breast following explant, you may consider a fat transfer procedure. During the consultation for your breast implant removal, Dr. Brown will also examine the fat donor sites, such as your abdomen, back, flanks, thighs, hips, and buttocks to ensure an adequate amount of fat is available for transfer. 

During surgery, Dr. Brown will remove fat from the donor site(s) through the use of liposuction.

Dr. Brown will use his keen eye for detail in contouring the donor site(s) to provide you with the silhouette you desire. The fat will then be purified and prepared for transfer into the breasts. Following the removal of your breast implants, Dr. Brown will inject the filtered fat into the breasts to achieve optimal aesthetic results

Breast Implant Removal Recovery

Many patients report that recovery after breast implant removal is similar or easier than breast augmentation. Dr. Brown may insert drains into the breasts to remove any fluid build up following surgery. You will receive instructions on how to care for and clean your drains. You will be restricted from physical activity, including work, for about a week following breast implant removal. 

If there is no subsequent augmentation, either with fat transfer or implant exchange, you may expect the remaining breast tissue to be thin and deflated. Dr. Brown will work with you to decide on complementary procedures to provide you with the best results

Cost

Your breast implant removal is unique to you. Because of many various factors, the price of the breast removal procedure will be customized to the needs and goals of each individual. During your private consultation, Dr. Brown will create a tailored procedure plan for you. This treatment plan will inform the cost of your procedure

FAQ

Do breast implants need to be removed?

Breast implants are not lifetime devices. Because of this, it is recommended that breast implants be replaced every 10-20 years. This is to address any improvements in breast implant technology, implant integrity over time, and possibly cosmetic concerns. 

Where will my breast implant removal surgery take place?

Depending on your personal treatment plan regarding your breast implant removal, your implant removal surgery may take place in an outpatient surgical center or a nearby hospital. All sites Dr. Brown is affiliated with are accredited by either the American Association for the Accreditation of Surgical Facilities (AAAASF) or the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). 

Is Dr. Brown board-certified?

It is important that any plastic surgeon you consider is board-certified. This is to ensure a high, expert-level of skill for your procedure. Dr. Daniel Brown is a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon. He has extensive training in the field and maintains certification through regular testing and exceeding standards set forth by the Board. 

How much does breast implant removal cost?

Breast implant removal is a custom-tailored procedure that addresses your personal goals and needs. Due to this personalized approach, cost will vary between patients. Dr. Brown does not want your aesthetic goals to be out of your reach; this is why he accepts a number of payment options and offers financing for your implant removal. 

Additional Resources

  1. American Society of Plastic Surgeons. (2019). Breast Implant Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma. Retrieved from https://www.plasticsurgery.org/patient-safety/breast-implant-safety/bia-alcl-summary
  2. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. (2019). Breast Implant Illness – Frequently Asked Questions/ Talking Points. Retrieved from https://www.surgery.org/sites/default/files/downloads/BII-Talking-Points-FINAL-1.15.19.pdf
  3. National Center for Health Research. (n.d). Finding a Plastic Surgeon to Remove your Breast Implants. Retrieved from http://breastimplantinfo.org/finding-plastic-surgeon-remove-implants/