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An increasing number of women are opting to have their breast implants removed. Regardless of the reasons, the Cleveland Plastic Surgery Institute is here to help patients who are ready to have their breast implants removed. Oftentimes, we combine removal with a breast lift for the best aesthetic results.

What is breast implant removal?

This is a surgical procedure that removes your breast implants from a former augmentation procedure. The implants can usually be removed using the same incision locations from their placement, making this a straightforward procedure.

If an excessive amount of scar tissue from capsular contracture is found, most of that hardened capsule of tissue will be removed. If the scar tissue is soft and malleable, it will likely be left in place..

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Breast Implant Exchange: Patient 1 - Before and After

Explant/Implant 31-Year-Old, 5'2", 126lbs, 34-C/D Silicone Implants: 650cc Post-Op Size: 32-DD

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Breast Implant Exchange: Patient 2 - Before and After

This patient had 450cc saline implants placed many years ago and she wanted a little more fullness.  I exchanged her implants to 625cc...

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Breast Implant Exchange: Patient 3 - Before and After

Dr Leedy performed a breast implant exchange.  This patient had a previous breast augmentation with breast lift and developed a capsular...

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The most frequently asked questions about breast implant removal

If you can relate to any of the following, breast implant removal might be a good choice for you.

  • You’re unhappy with how your implants look
  • The scar tissue around your implants has hardened or tightened
  • One or both of your implants are leaking or have ruptured
  • You’re experiencing discomfort caused by your implants

Capsular contracture is the main reason. It is the process of excessive scar tissue forming around the implants, causing tightness and pain in the chest. The implants are removed through revision surgery, along with most of the excess scar tissue.

Other reasons include:

  • Some women feel they no longer need implants. Whether they’ve reached an older age (over 55 years, for example) or maybe they’ve come to accept their body without larger breasts.
  • Other women report symptoms that have been given the term “breast implant illness.” While it hasn’t been confirmed through research, patients worry and report these symptoms:
    • Fatigue
    • Memory loss
    • Headaches
    • Joint and muscle pain
    • Hair loss
    • Recurring infections
    • Swollen lymph nodes

Some patients assume their breasts will look the same as they did prior to their procedure, but this is not the case. The weight of your implants will have stretched out the skin surrounding your breasts and the support tissues. With larger implants, changes can also occur in the rib area. Without implants, it’s likely that your breasts will be sagging and flattened. They may be asymmetrical.

Your recovery time will depend on whether or not you have a breast lift after your implant removal.

  • If you simply have the implants removed, this is not a difficult recovery. You’ll be sore for a few days, but you won’t have a lengthy recovery. Your chest will feel different without the implants, but it isn’t painful.
  • Most patients who have implants removed also request a breast lift so they aren’t left with flat or saggy breasts after the implants are removed. Since there is more tissue repositioning and excision of excess sagging skin, the addition of a breast lift makes the recovery more involved. You will not be able to lift anything more than a gallon of milk for about one month. You will need to wait 6 weeks after your breast lift to engage in strenuous exercise.

It’s necessary to wear a compression bra 24 hours a day until your first follow-up visit after surgery. You can remove the garment for showering, but it should be worn at all other times. You will likely need at least two compression bras to accommodate this amount of wear. Depending on the healing process, you may need to wear the garment for 4 to 6 weeks.

This depends. Your original incisions are used to remove your implants, so this will not create any new scarring. However, if a lift is additionally performed to improve the sagging loose skin, some scarring will be created.

The typical incision method depends on the amount of sagging skin that needs to be removed. This will leave scarring.

  • A lollipop incision circles the areola and drops down to the breast crease
  • An anchor incision, which is the lollipop incision but the incision extends along the breast crease in both directions

The below mentioned guidelines will enable the patient to prepare for breast implant removal:

  • Arrange to have health records sent from the physician and specialist directly to the surgeon’s office
  • Enlist all medications such as prescription drugs, blood-thinner, herbal supplements, and vitamins you currently use
  • Get medical tests and mammograms done according to the instructions of the surgeon
  • Complete any urgent work-related or household tasks in advance of the procedure to enjoy a relaxed recovery
  • Ask a family member or friend for assistance during the early recovery period. You should have someone to drive you home following your surgery.

If the surgeon wants to alter the schedule of any prescription drugs, they will do so in discussion with the prescribing physician. In case you are a smoker, you will need to quit for the period specified by the surgeon. You may be provided with a copy of common surgery instructions or do’s and don’ts to allow you to prepare for your surgery.

Those who undergo breast implant removal do so with no complications or with minimal post-surgical side effects. With that being said, all surgeries carry some degree of risk. Breast surgeries, including breast implant removal, carry risks for unsatisfactory cosmetic outcomes as well as…

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Poor wound healing
  • Asymmetry
  • Fluid or blood accumulation beneath the skin
  • And nerve damage resulting in nipple or tissue numbness, or other changes in sensation

Cupping is a form of alternative therapy that involves placing specially designed, flexible “cups” against the skin to create mild suction. Cupping is done for many reasons, including to help with

  • Pain
  • Inflammation
  • Blood flow
  • Enhancing the healing process

Fluffing is the term that is commonly used to describe the natural smoothing and softening of the breasts after any kind of breast surgery. Even after your procedure(s), the breast tissue can be firmer and tighter due to fluid in the soft tissue. As inflammation and fluid accumulation subside, the breasts become softer and more natural-looking and feeling.

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