Breast Implant Removal

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

Common Reasons for Breast Implant Removal

  • 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. 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. In order for appropriate 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.

Breast Implant Removal Surgery

A breast implant removal procedure is performed as an inpatient, day procedure, under a general anaesthetic at our private day hospital facility. The procedure takes around takes around 1 - 2 hours to complete.

For best results, removal of breast implants may be combined with other procedures:

Breast Lift

Fat Transfer

Recovery from Breast Implant Removal

Recovery varies from patient to patient. Most patients describe the pain as mild aches and pressure rather than 'pain'. This discomfort is well controlled with oral pain medication prescribed after the procedure.

Patients are required to have a dressing change at one week and two weeks postoperatively. Out of Town Patients will be provided with a letter containing detailed dressing change instructions for their local GP.

The majority of 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. Patients can usually return to their normal activities, including gym work 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 is required to be worn continuously for six weeks after surgery.

Postoperative appointments will be scheduled throughout the following year. These appointments can be conducted via our Virtual Waiting Room or in person at our Brisbane clinic.

Scarring from Breast Implant Removal

In order to minimise scarring, if possible, the implants are removed via the old incisions. 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 extent of breast lift required. Most scarring will fade over time with appropriate postoperative care.

Please visit Scarring After Surgery for more information.

The Cost of Breast Implant Removal

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Prices are fully inclusive to cover all fees associated with removal of breast implants, including: Surgeon’s fee, hospital & anaesthetic fees, postoperative garments, emergency contact with a registered nurse, and one year of postoperative appointments.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are complications and risks associated with breast implant removal?

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.

I have large breast implants, I am worried that my breasts will be saggy after I have the implants removed?

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, Dr Chinsee may recommend a lift is performed in conjunction with your implant removal. Dr Chinsee performs two different types of lifts depending on the severity of sag present. This will tighten up the original breast by removing excess skin and repositioning the nipple to improve the natural breast contour.

Will breast implant removal cure symptoms of breast implant illness?

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, Dr Chinsee does 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.

Can I still get breast implant associated ALCL with breast implant removal?

Breast implant associaed 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, Dr Chinsee removes the surrounding breast implant capsule.

Will I need drains after breast implant removal?

Dr Chinsee ultilises modern surgical techniques that do not require drains.

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