According to the National Institute of Health, between one and two million women in North America have breast implants. This widely popular elective procedure enhances a woman’s figure by enlarging the breasts.
While common, individuals may decide to undergo breast implant removal or “breast explant” for various medical or personal reasons. This choice may be driven by factors such as implant rupture, the development of excessive scar tissue, or a preference for transitioning to a different implant type or simply back to their natural breasts.
If you or someone you love has breast implants and is considering a breast explant, we are here to help.
Our team of experienced cosmetic dermatologists can guide you on the steps for breast implant removal, including factors to consider before removal, the procedure process, and what to expect after surgery.
Continue reading to learn more.
Breast implant removal is a surgical procedure to extract previously placed breast implants for medical or personal reasons.
As specialized physicians in treating skin and related conditions, dermatologists are crucial in addressing and treating individuals considering breast implant removal.
The most common reasons for breast implant removal include
Before undergoing breast implant removal, there are several key factors to consider, including
If you’re on the fence about whether you should get a breast explant, we can help. Our team of skilled cosmetic dermatologists is here to discuss your concerns, assess your implant’s conditions, and explore the best options for you.
The breast implant removal process is a carefully planned surgical procedure that begins with a consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon or breast specialist.
The surgical method of breast implant removal involves two standard techniques
Breast implant removal can be performed through various surgical approaches, including
The choice of approach depends on the patient’s anatomy and surgical goals.
Once the type of procedure and incision placement are determined, your surgery will be scheduled.
On the day of the procedure, you’ll be placed under general anesthesia to ensure your comfort throughout the surgery. The surgeon will make an incision and carefully remove the breast implants. The incisions are meticulously closed after removing the implant and capsule to minimize scarring.
Post-operatively, you’ll receive instructions for managing pain and promoting healing, and follow-up appointments will be scheduled to monitor your progress.
The expected recovery process after breast implant removal varies from person to person but generally follows a common timeline.
Immediately following surgery, a hospital stay is required to promote rest and monitoring to ensure a safe awakening from anesthesia. Pain, swelling, and bruising are the most common symptoms after surgery.
During the first week following surgery, discomfort is managed with prescribed pain medications. Patients should avoid strenuous activities and follow their surgeon’s activity restrictions.
Swelling begins to subside, and discomfort decreases after two to four weeks. Most patients must continue to avoid heavy lifting and vigorous exercise.
Most postoperative symptoms resolve after six weeks. At this point, patients can gradually resume normal activities as guided by your surgeon and team of doctors.
Following your surgeon’s or dermatologist’s instructions for incision care is crucial throughout your recovery process. Keep the incisions clean and dry, and avoid exposing them to direct sunlight during the early healing stages.
It is essential to maintain optimal skin health to promote fast and effective healing.
Some of the best ways to take care of your skin during and after healing include
Breast implant removal, like any surgical procedure, carries potential risks and complications. It’s important to be aware of these possibilities before and after your procedure.
The most common risks include
Dermatologists are essential in monitoring and managing skin-related complications following breast implant removal. They can offer expertise in diagnosing and treating skin issues, providing guidance on scar management, addressing skin texture or color changes, and recommending skincare routines and products to optimize skin health during recovery.
After breast implant removal, many individuals may seek non-surgical skin rejuvenation options to enhance the appearance of the chest area.
Several treatments can help improve skin texture, tone, and overall appearance, including
Before starting or changing your skin care regimen, it is essential to consult with one of our board-certified dermatologists or skincare specialists to discuss which non-surgical rejuvenation options are best for your specific skin post-surgery.
The short answer is, possibly.
The extent to which your skin returns to its pre-implant state after removal can vary depending on factors like skin elasticity, age, and the duration of implant placement. While some individuals may experience a significant improvement in skin appearance and elasticity, others may notice some degree of skin laxity or changes in texture.
Non-surgical skin rejuvenation options and medical-grade skincare can help enhance the overall appearance and health of the skin after breast implant removal.
Yes, it is possible to have a breast lift (mastopexy) performed simultaneously with breast implant removal. This combination procedure is often chosen by patients who wish to improve breast shape, address sagging, and enhance overall breast appearance.
Before resuming your regular skincare routine after breast implant removal, you should wait until your incisions have fully healed, which can take several weeks. We recommend consulting with our dermatology team to understand the precise timeline for you.
Generally, yes, some visible scarring will most likely occur.
The extent and appearance of the scars can vary depending on factors like incision type, individual healing, and scar management techniques employed by your surgeon and dermatologist.
Yes, non-surgical options like skin tightening procedures, laser therapies, and dermal fillers can help enhance breast skin quality after implant removal.
If you’re considering breast implant removal, our dermatologists offer valuable insights and innovative services to maintain skin health and appearance post-explant, providing expertise in skincare routines and treatments tailored to each patient’s unique needs.
Collaborating with plastic surgeons and breast health specialists, our dermatologists contribute to a comprehensive and personalized approach to breast implant removal, focusing on skin health and aesthetics to achieve the best possible patient outcomes.
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