Breast Implant Removal
Remove your implants and enjoy your natural breast shape
If you want to have your breast implants removed, your reasons are entirely personal—and there is no “wrong” reason. For some women, this procedure is necessary to address a complication, such as capsular contracture; for others, it is simply time for a different aesthetic that fits their current body type or lifestyle.
Whatever your reason, Dr. Humenansky understands how personal this decision can be, and our goal is to create a surgical plan that offers you natural-looking results and peace of mind after breast implant removal.
About the procedure
During breast implant removal, the implant is removed along with all, some, or none of the scar tissue (“capsule”) that naturally forms to hold your implant in place. Depending on your treatment goals, there are different removal options:
Implant removal, leaving the capsule of scar tissue intact
Partial capsulectomy, in which the implant is removed, followed by removal of a portion of the scar tissue
Total capsulectomy, in which the surgeon removes both the implant and entire the capsule
Your surgeon will work with you to customize your surgical plan. Often, fat grafting can be performed at the time of the procedure to help maintain some volume to the breast after implant removal. If your breast implants have been present for a long time, you may also benefit from a breast lift at the time of implant removal, as your tissues have been stretched by the implant. Fat grafting can help restore volume, while a breast lift will help recreate a youthful breast shape.
Recovery after breast implant removal
Recovery from breast implant removal is manageable. Although the recovery time can vary based on the details of your procedure, most patients are back to work within a few days. You will need to wear a tight-fitting bra for a few weeks and limit your exercise to light activity for three to four weeks following your procedure.
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What will my breasts look like after breast implant removal?
Your breasts will most likely look about the same as they did before your implants if you have good skin elasticity and modestly sized implants. It is especially likely if your natural breasts are relatively small and you have only had your implants for a few years.
On the other hand, some patients may be left with a degree of sagging, or ptosis, in the breasts. This may be the case if:
You have experienced pregnancy or menopause, as each can affect the size of your breasts and your skin elasticity, or its ability to “bounce back”
Your implants are larger
Your implants have been in place for a long time
You have large breasts naturally
Your skin elasticity has declined with age
Patients left with sagging breasts may choose to undergo a breast lift (mastopexy) to restore their breast shape. This procedure may be staged out about 6 months following the breast implant removal procedure for your safety. Staging out the two procedures also allows patients to wait and see if their breast tissue “bounces back” from being stretched by implants. In some cases, it may be possible for your surgeon to perform a breast lift at the same time the implants are removed.
Choose a plastic surgeon who specializes in breast implant removal, and has helped previous patients return to a natural look with excellent results.
There are various reasons women may choose to have their implants removed. Whether you are experiencing a complication or are simply ready for a change, our board-certified surgeons are here to help you enjoy a natural-looking result after your explant procedure.