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Breast Implant Removal

Sometimes, for a variety of reasons, a woman desires that her breast implants be removed without placing a new implant – this is known as “explantation.” The appearance of the breast following explant will depend upon how much natural breast tissue a woman has as well as the nature of her skin envelope and the shape of the breast with the implant in position. There are many options available to lift and reshape the breast following explantation including immediate and delayed mastopexy; in many cases the aesthetic result is acceptable with simply implant removal. Removal of breast implants can usually be performed in our office-based outpatient surgical facility without need for general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. We will work with your insurance carrier as many plans provide reimbursement for explantation.

If you are considering breast implant removal please bring as much information as possible about your prior breast procedures, especially information about your current breast implants, to your consultation.

Breast Implant Removal FAQs

  • What will my breasts look like after my breast implant is removed?

    The appearance of your breasts following implant removal will depend upon your residual breast volume, your shape and the elasticity of your soft tissue envelope. Following a thorough history and examination plastic surgeons are usually able to provide patients with an approximate indication of how their breasts might look.

  • Will I need a breast lift following removal of my breast implants?

    Some patients are candidates for breast lifting (mastopexy) following implant removal and others are satisfied with the appearance of their breasts with no additional surgery.

  • Can a breast lift performed at the time of implant removal?

    In some cases mastopexy is performed at the time of implant removal and in others it can be performed on a delayed basis after a close evaluation of breast size and shape.

  • Will I need capsulectomy at the time of breast implant removal?

    In some cases, removal of the tissue around the implant (capsulectomy) is recommended and this will be reviewed with you at the time of consultation.

  • Is breast implant removal covered by insurance?

    In many cases removal of breast implants is covered by health insurance. You should check your policy carefully. Our office will work with you to determine whether your insurance plan will consider this a covered service.