Do you need to have your breast implants removed? Chances are when you decided to have breast augmentation, removing your breast implants was not something you were concerned about. However, there are several reasons why this may become necessary.
When to consider breast implant removal surgery
Breast implants can degenerate over time, so the longer a woman has them the more likely it will be that she will need to have them removed or replaced. Breast implants are often removed because of a rupture, or due to complications such as capsular contracture, rippling, or asymmetry.
What to expect with breast implant removal surgery
Breast implant removal surgery is typically done under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation.
There are different techniques that can be used for breast removal surgery, and during consultation your plastic surgeon will recommend the most appropriate option. However, plastic surgeons often make the incisions in the same area where the original incisions were made for breast augmentation. Breast implant removal surgery typically takes 2-3 hours to complete (learn more).
Recovery after breast implant removal surgery
After the operation, patients may need to have drains placed under the skin to get rid of blood or fluid that may accumulate. Most patients are able to return to work about 5 days after surgery, but strenuous activities should be avoided for at least 2 weeks (read more).
Since the breast tissue changes over time, patients may notice some sagging tissue after their breast implants are removed. As a result, some women choose to have a breast lift after breast implant removal surgery.
Are you interested in breast implant removal surgery? Search our directory to find a practice in your area.
If you are in the Brookline, MA and the greater Boston areas, Longwood Plastic Surgery is our featured practice.
You can reach them at www.lpsmd.com or by calling 617-383-6250.