BREAST IMPLANT REMOVAL

There are many reasons why women may decide to undergo breast implant removal (also known as an explant). The surgical removal of breast implants may include removing the surrounding capsule that forms around the prosthesis.

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This is known as a total capsulectomy (En Bloc). A total En Bloc Capsulectomy is performed with all removal procedures to ensure all traces of an implant are removed from the body.

In some cases, women may decide to undergo a Breast Lift in combination with breast implant removal to reshape and improve the appearance of the natural breast tissue.

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Recovery from a Breast Implant Removal

While recovery varies from patient to patient, most patients describe the sensation as mild aches and pressure rather than pain. We ensure your post-operative comfort with oral pain medication prescribed after the procedure.

Following the operation, patients will require a dressing change at one week and two-week intervals. We provide Out of Town Patients with a letter containing detailed dressing change instructions to give to their GP if you cannot attend dressing change appointments at the Brisbane clinic.

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

Patients will experience swelling, and there may be bruising after the procedure. Major swelling usually subsides by three months, and the final results are noticeable at around the one-year mark. A compression bra will need to be worn continuously for six weeks following 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.

SURGERY TIME

1 – 3 hours

HOSPITAL STAY

Day surgery

ANAESTHETIC

General

DRESSING CHANGE

Required at weeks 1, 2, & 3

TIME OFF WORK

1 – 4 weeks

EXERCISE

None for 6 weeks

GARMENT

Worn for 8 weeks

FULL RECOVERY

3 months

Scarring from Breast Implant Removal

In order to minimise scarring, the implants are removed via the old incisions, if possible. The implant and surrounding capsule are usually removed separately.

If patients require a lift in conjunction with a breast implant removal, the scarring will depend on the extent of breast lift required. Most scarring will fade over time with appropriate postoperative care.

Please visit Scarring After Surgery for more information.

Not sure where to start? Request a complimentary, obligation-free assessment from one of our surgeons.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Women may choose to have their implants removed for a number of reasons, such as:

  • Capsular Contracture. Capsular contracture develops when the capsule around the implant hardens and contracts, causing a distorted appearance to the breast implant. When this occurs, the breast implants may need to be replaced, or some women opt to have them removed permanently.
  • Infection is a very rare breast implant complication that requires the breast implant to be removed (either temporarily or permanently) in order to treat it.
  • Breast Cancer. For appropriate breast cancer treatment, the breast implants may require removal.
  • Implant Rupture. An implant rupture requires removal. Some women may opt to have their implants replaced, and some decide to have them removed permanently.
  • Change in Preference. Breast implants are not for everyone, and some women simply decide that breast implants no longer suit their lifestyle – which is as valid a reason as any to get them removed.

All surgeries carry associated complications and risks. Including: bleeding, infection, reaction to anaesthesia, changes in breast or nipple sensation, or dissatisfaction with cosmetic result. Refer to the breast implant removal information sheet and surgical consent for more information.

Large volume breast implants will stretch the skin over time. This skin will shrink and retract a little after the implants have been removed but this does depend on the overall skin quality, elasticity, your age, and how long your implants were in place.

For optimum results, your surgeon may recommend a lift in conjunction with your implant removal. This will tighten up the original breast by removing excess skin and repositioning the nipple to improve the natural breast contour.

Breast implant illness is a topic of hot debate both in the medical and non-medical communities. There is no official diagnosis of ‘breast implant illness’ and many doctors believe that it does not exist. However, we believe that a very small group of women are just not suited to breast implants and that it may manifest in physical symptoms.

However please keep in mind that the removal of breast implants may not cure breast implant illness.

Breast implant associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma, or Bia-ALCL, is a rare disease associated with women who have breast implants. It occurs in the capsule around the implant. With a total capsulectomy En Bloc, your surgeon removes the surrounding breast implant capsule.

We use modern surgical techniques that do not require drains.

The cost of your breast implant removal can be broken down into three main components: the surgeon’s fee charged by Dr Chinsee, anaesthetist fees and hospital fees. At Inigo Cosmetic, we customise our surgeries to each individual patient. To receive a detailed cost breakdown, please get in touch to book a consultation with Dr Chinsee.