What will my breasts look like after my breast implants are 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 Be 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.
Is a breast implant removal safe?
Breast implant removal is generally safe and has been performed by Dr. O'Connell for many years. As with all surgery there are risks and potential complications. Capsulectomies are more complex procedures and carry additional risks.
Will there be a scar from my breast implant removal?
When possible we try to utilize existing inframammary scars for explantation. When capsulectomy is performed the scars are usually longer.
What is the recovery of a breast implant removal?
Recovery following removal of breast implants depends upon whether capsulectomy and/or mastopexy is performed. Following simple explantation under local anesthesia patients can usually return to sedentary work in a few days.
Do you recommend textured implant removal?
Textured breast implants have been associated with a rare form of lymphoma known as breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). The decision to remove textured implants is one that should be carefully considered based upon the most current information and perhaps tempered by the recommendations of the FDA. If you have a history of a textured device we would recommend that you visit us for a consultation so that this issue can be discussed in detail.
What should I bring to my consultation for textured implant removal?
While a complete copy of all your medical records is usually not necessary, we would recommend that you bring as much information as possible with regard to implants and expanders that you currently have or have had in the past. This would include the “wallet card” containing the manufacturer’s model and lot numbers. If this is not available the surgeon’s Operative Report and operative nursing notes often contain implant information.
Should my textured implant removal be accompanied by en bloc capsulectomy?
Dr. O’Connell recommends that when textured implant removal is performed, it be accompanied by capsulectomy.