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Breast Implant Removal Brisbane

Breast Implant removal is a cosmetic surgical procedure that Dr Ian Chinsee performs in Brisbane. Breast implant removal involves the removal of breast implants, due to medical complications such as capsular contracture or rupture, or if the patient does not desire implants any longer.

Whether you wish to remove your breast implants completely or alter the size of your implants, there are a several factors to consider.

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Who is a good candidate for Breast Implant Removal?

When it comes to breast explant surgery, there are several factors that need to be considered including implant status (ie rupture), capsular contracture, the incisions for access and if mastopexy is required. The ideal candidate for breast explant surgery is someone who is:

  • Aged 18 to 80 years
  • In good overall mental and physical health
  • Has realistic wants and expectations
  • Wanting their breast implants removed
  • Has concerns about BII (breast implant illness)
  • Has a medical complication (capsular contracture, rupture)
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A breast implant removal may be combined with other procedures, such as a Breast Lift , Fat Transfer or implant replacement.

Objectives of Breast Implant Removal

  • May improve pain associated with breast implants
  • Reduce overall breast size
  • Reduce or address symptoms associated with BII (breast implant illness)

Recovery from  Breast Implant Removal

Recovery varies from patient to patient. Patients can experience pain, aches, pressure and discomfort, generally lasting up to two weeks. We prescribe oral pain medication after your procedure to assist with pain and discomfort.

Following the operation, patients will require a dressing change at one week intervals for a period of three weeks, some patients will require additional dressing changes. Out of Town Patients will be provided with a letter containing detailed dressing change instructions to give to their GP if they cannot attend dressing change appointments at the Brisbane clinic.

Most patients should expect to take around one to two weeks off work. Patients with administrative roles can usually return to work after one week; however, more physically demanding jobs will require a longer recovery period. Patients can usually return to their normal activities, including gym exercises from week six.

There may be swelling and bruising after the procedure. Major swelling usually subsides by three months, and the final results are noticeable between six months and one year. A compression bra will need to be worn continuously for six weeks after surgery.

We will schedule post-operative appointments throughout the following year. These appointments can be conducted via our Virtual Clinic or in person at our James St clinic.


1 – 2 hours


Day surgery




Required at weeks 1, 2, & 3 – may need additional dressing changes depending on recovery and if mastopexy has also been performed.


1 – 6 weeks


None for 6 weeks


Required for 6 weeks


3-12 months


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Scarring from a Breast Implant Removal

Surgical incisions are placed discreetly under the breast. While Dr Chinsee will use surgical techniques to reduce scarring, the appearance of your scars ultimately comes down to how your body heals, genetics and post care. Your surgical scars should fade over time with appropriate postoperative care and can be further minimised with post-procedure treatment.

Please visit Scarring After Surgery for more information.

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Complications following breast explant surgery can include infection, hematoma, seroma, changes in breast shape or size, pain or discomfort, alterations in nipple sensation, breast asymmetry, scarring, and potential psychological effects. Infection at the incision site can occur, necessitating proper preoperative and postoperative care. Haematoma, a collection of blood, and seroma, a buildup of fluid, may require drainage to prevent further complications.

Changes in breast appearance, including size, shape, or symmetry, can result from altered tissue elasticity, scarring, or the original reason for implant placement. Pain, discomfort, and alterations in nipple sensation are common post-surgical experiences. Scarring is inevitable, though its appearance varies based on factors such as genetics and wound healing. Psychological effects, including emotional distress or dissatisfaction with results, may also occur and can benefit from counselling or support. It’s crucial for individuals to discuss potential risks with Dr Chinsee and adhere to postoperative care instructions to promote optimal healing and minimise complications.

Breast explant surgery can potentially affect breastfeeding, depending on various factors such as the surgical technique used, the extent of tissue removal, and individual physiological factors. Here are some considerations:

  1. Milk Duct Damage: Depending on the surgical approach and the extent of tissue removal, there’s a possibility of damage to milk ducts, which could impact milk production and breastfeeding capability.
  2. Nipple Sensation: Changes in nipple sensation following surgery may affect the let-down reflex, which could potentially impact breastfeeding. Nipple sensation can vary from temporary numbness to increased sensitivity.
  3. Breast Tissue Removal: If a significant amount of breast tissue is removed during the explant surgery, it may affect the volume of milk-producing tissue remaining in the breasts, potentially impacting milk supply.
  4. Capsule Removal: In cases where the capsules around the implants are removed (capsulectomy), there is a risk of damage to surrounding tissue, including milk ducts and nerves, which could impact breastfeeding.
  5. Individual Variation: Every woman’s body is different, and some may experience minimal impact on breastfeeding ability after explant surgery, while others may face more significant challenges.

A breast explant surgery will not help lift sagging breasts. Patients who undergo explant surgery may combine the surgery with a mastopexy (breast lift) to lift the breast and  remove any excess tissue.

Most people are able to exercise about six weeks after breast explant surgery, but it is crucial you follow the time frames below to minimise complications.. Reintroduce all activities slowly

  • Week 1: Gentle walking only.
  • Week 2: Sexual intercourse (not involving upper body)
  • Week 6: (Pending review) Gym work, running, swimming (do not submerge your body in water before 6 weeks – this may lead to serious infections)
  • 3 Months: Contact sports, Crossfit, HIIT, etc.

The cost of your breast explant can be broken down into three main components: the doctor’s fee, anaesthetist fees, and hospital fees. At Inigo Cosmetic, we customise our surgeries to each patient. To receive a detailed cost breakdown, please book in a consultation with one of our doctors.