Breast Implant Removal

While most breast augmentation patients are happy with their implants and keep them indefinitely, a select number of women will opt to have them removed over time. This is called breast implant removal or breast explant surgery.

Reasons range from medical issues such as ruptures or leaks to personal preference. Some women simply decide they no longer want implants or that they’d like to change the size, shape, or projection of what they currently have.

In this case, Dr. Mohan, Plastic Surgeon Dallas, would remove the implants and put a new set in their place. Breast lifts, fat transfer augmentations, and breast reduction procedures can also be performed alongside explant surgery.

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What Is Breast Implant Removal?

Breast implant removal is a cosmetic procedure that removes breast implants. Most of the time, scar tissue is also removed along with the implants.

Who Is a Candidate for Breast Explant Surgery?

If you are unhappy with your current breast implants or if you’ve discovered that you have a leak or rupture in your implants, painful or noticeable capsular contracture, or other implant issues, you are likely a good candidate for breast implant removal.

In addition to being physically healthy and understanding the risks and limitations of this surgery, you should also be a non-smoker and not currently pregnant, breastfeeding, or undergoing serious medical treatment.

How Is Breast Implant Removal Performed?

Dr. Mohan will most likely use your old breast augmentation scars to remove your current implants. Therefore, you shouldn’t have any new scars. While this is certainly a positive, we must note that breast implant removal is not just a matter of pulling the old implants out and sealing up the incisions.

When breast implants are initially inserted into the breast pockets, scars slowly begin to form around them in a capsule shape. Sometimes, capsular contracture occurs. This is when the scar capsule becomes thick and tough.

Most of the time, Dr. Mohan will remove the implant capsules along with the implants when he performs explant surgery. This is called a capsulectomy. There are two types of capsulectomies:

  • Partial capsulectomy: A part of the scar capsules are cut and removed along with the implants.
  • En-bloc capsulectomy: All of the capsular scar tissue is removed along with the implants.

In terms of what you would like to have done after your implants are removed (but within the same procedure), you have several options.

Explant With New Implants

The old implants are removed, and new implants are inserted. You’ll have spoken with Dr. Raj beforehand to decide on the new implants you want.

Explant with Fat Transfer

The old implants are removed, and a fat transfer procedure is performed.This is when fat is taken out of another area of your body (the tummy, for example), and it is processed and reinserted into the breasts to slightly increase their size in a natural way, without implants.

Explant With Breast Lift

The old implants are removed, and a breast lift (mastopexy) is performed. A breast lift uses only the patient’s natural tissue, which is lifted and manipulated in such a way that it produces a more youthful, perky appearance. The nipples are usually raised.

Explant With Reduction

The old implants are removed, and a breast reduction is performed in which some breast tissue, fat, and skin is removed. This procedure is generally reserved for patients with implants who have gained a large amount of weight and want to significantly reduce the overall size of their breasts.

Explant Surgery Only

Of course, you can always undergo breast implant removal without replacement implants, fat transfer, lift, or reduction. Just be sure you’ve discussed how your breasts will likely look with Dr. Raj beforehand.

Preparing for Breast Explant Surgery

Surgery can be broken down into three phases:

Your Initial Consultation

This is the first appointment you’ll have with Dr. Raj. At this appointment, you can discuss why you are interested in breast implant removal and what you hope your breasts will look like after surgery.

Dr. Raj will perform a physical exam and ask you about your medical history. He will talk with you about your goals and present you with your best options for surgery.

Day of the Procedure

On the day of surgery, you will arrive at the accredited surgery center and be greeted by our friendly staff who will help you prepare for surgery. You will also speak briefly with Dr. Raj. He can answer any remaining questions you may have and discuss all surgery details. He will also mark your breasts for reference during surgery.

You will then be taken to the operating room and placed under anesthesia before the surgery commences. After the surgery, you’ll be taken to the recovery room at the surgical facility. There, you will be monitored until you are discharged to go home.

Recovery From Breast Implant Removal

The  recovery process is relatively painless. You will have some numbness, sensitivity, discomfort, bruising, and swelling as your tissues heal. However, most patients are able to go back to work after a week and resume many of their regular activities after just a few days.

Be sure to follow your aftercare instructions closely, and contact Dr. Mohan if you have any questions or concerns. Attend all of your follow-up appointments, and take this time to rest and relax. Embrace the healing process, and you should have a fast and safe recovery.

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Breast Implant Removal Dallas Cost

Breast implant removal cost ranges are going to be slightly higher than in other parts of the state. This is because Dallas is a larger city that has a higher cost of living. Locations that have a higher cost of living tend to have higher surgery costs as well.

So, how much does breast implant removal cost in Dallas?

Generally speaking, $3,049 is the average baseline breast implant removal cost in the country. This is the cost estimated by the ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons). It does not include operating room costs, out-of-pocket expenses (the cost of medicines, tests, special garments, etc.), or anesthesia-related costs.

With these fees added in, the cost breast implant removal surgery patients will pay, on average, will be around $5,000 to $8,000. Of course, this depends on several factors including:

  • Your surgeon’s experience and training
  • Where you have the surgery performed
  • What type of anesthesia you opt for
  • What additional procedures you undergo (breast lift, fat transfer, implant replacement. etc.)
  • Whether you require additional medical clearances, labs, CT scans, MRIs, etc.

Risks and Limitations of Breast Explant Surgery

As with any surgery, there are certain risks and limitations related to breast explant surgery. These include:

  • Hematoma
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Anesthesia risks
  • Infection
  • Seroma (fluid accumulation)
  • DVT (deep vein thrombosis)
  • Poor incision healing
  • Persistent pain
  • Changes in skin sensation
  • Scarring
  • Asymmetrical outcome

FAQ: Breast Implant Removal

How much does it cost to remove an implant?
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons estimates the breast implant removal cost average in the country to be about $3,049. This is only a baseline cost, however, and you must also factor in the cost of anesthesia, surgical facilities, recovery needs, replacement implants and additional surgeries (breast lift, fat transfer), etc.
Is it difficult to remove breast implants?
Most of the time, breast implant removal procedures are straightforward with few complications. The most difficult part is usually deciding how much of the scar tissue capsule to remove in addition to the implants. For some patients, this may prove more complicated.
How painful is it to have breast implants removed?
For most patients, post surgery pain is minimal. You may have more bruising, swelling, and discomfort if you are also having a breast lift, fat transfer, or reduction performed, or if you plan on having your old implants replaced with new ones.
Do breasts go back to normal after implant removal?
Patients always want to know what breasts look like after explant surgery, but this really depends. If you have good skin elasticity and are relatively young, your breasts should go back to their natural shape and size.
However, if you are of a mature age, and especially if you’ve had larger-sized implants for a long period of time, your skin may not bounce back to its original size and shape. For these patients, a breast lift is often recommended.
Can you leave breast implants in for life?
It really depends. Most implants are designed to last approximately 10 years. However, as long as implants are regularly checked for possible leaks or ruptures, they can last indefinitely.
Will I have breast implant removal scars?
In the majority of cases, your surgeon will simply reuse your breast augmentation scars when removing your old implants, so you shouldn’t have any new scarring.

Breast Implant Removal Consultation

Dr. Raj - Breast Implant Removal Learn more about breast implant removal by giving our office a call and scheduling a consultation with Dr. Raja Mohan.
Dr. Raj is the board-certified breast explant surgeon patients trust. His practice currently serves the entire Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, including Irving, Arlington, Grapevine, Southlake, Plano, Frisco, Irving, and Coppell.

 

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