Breast implant removal, also known as explanting, has increased in popularity in recent years. While many women are very happy with their implants, others find that they wish to return to their natural breast size for a variety of reasons. Their breast implants may no longer make them feel confident and attractive. Their body may have changed and implants are no longer necessary for adequate breast volume. Or, they may have health concerns that call for the removal of their implants.
At The Naderi Center, we are pleased to offer breast implant removal surgery to patients in Chevy Chase, MD and Herndon, VA, who have undergone breast augmentation and desire the removal of silicone or saline breast implants. We don’t believe there are any right or wrong reasons for women wanting to remove their implants. Our board-certified plastic surgeon and expert staff are dedicated to working with each patient to achieve their desired results. We work with patients from all over northern Virginia and the Washington, D.C. area.
What is Breast Implant Removal?
The goal of breast implant removal is to remove implants from a patient’s breasts so they can return to their native breast size.
This is an ideal procedure for women who have breast implants from a previous breast augmentation that make them feel uncomfortable or no longer satisfy them. Their lives and preferences may have changed and they now wish to live life without implants.
Benefits of Breast Implant Removal
Breast implant removal offers a number of benefits to patients. Regardless of whether a patient wants to undergo this procedure for medical or cosmetic reasons, breast implant removal can help patients enjoy healthy, attractive breasts that make them feel comfortable in their own skin. In addition, it can help them exercise without any pain or discomfort and give them the chance to wear smaller bras. Furthermore, patients will no longer need to worry about implants rupturing or wearing out following a breast implant removal procedure.
Good Candidates for Breast Implant Removal
There are a variety of women who may be good candidates for breast implant removal. Women who have undergone breast augmentation surgery and have experienced ruptured or deflated implants, visible rippling of implants, poor reactions to implants, capsular contracture (scar tissue that squeezes the implants), or persistent breast pain after the implants were inserted may benefit from this procedure.
Women who simply no longer like the way their breast implants look or make them feel are also the ideal candidates for breast implant removal. By scheduling a private consultation at our Northern Virginia facility, prospective patients can determine whether or not this procedure is a good option for them.
What to Expect During a Breast Implant Removal Consultation
Women who would like to remove their implants are encouraged to meet with our board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in breast and body procedures during a private consultation. Patients will be asked about their reason for wanting to remove their breast implants and will discuss their medical and/or cosmetic goals with the surgeon.
If our surgeon does believe they are a good candidate for this procedure, they will design a customized surgical plan that aligns with the patient’s particular goals. The consultation is also a great time for patients to ask any questions they may have about the plastic surgery and recovery process.
Preparing for a Breast Implant Removal
The best way for patients to prepare for breast implant removal is to educate themselves on the procedure and to ask our surgeon any specific questions they may have throughout the process. On the day of the surgery, they should arrive wearing a shirt that buttons down in the front so that they don’t have to worry about pulling a shirt over their head after the surgery has been completed.
Patients who smoke should quit at least 8 weeks prior to the procedure and at least 4 weeks after as smoking can lead to healing complications. In addition, all patients should arrange a ride home from surgery as they won’t be able to drive after the procedure.
The Breast Implant Removal Procedure
Breast implant removal is a fairly simple surgery that’s usually performed under general anesthesia. Our surgeon removes implants through the original incisions that were made when the implant was initially placed. Once they reopen the incisions and carefully remove the implants, our surgeon may need to excise some of the scar tissue, also referred to as the capsule, around the implants.
If this isn’t necessary, the scar tissue will deflate and collapse on its own while the patient’s body heals. Our surgeon will suture the incisions and cover them with dressings. Then, they’ll place drains on each pocket, which will remain for a few days after the procedure.
Breast implant removal surgery takes anywhere from one to three hours to complete. If patients decide to pair a breast lift or fat transfer with their procedure or are interested in receiving new implants, the surgery will take longer. During a breast lift, for instance, excess skin will be removed and the tissues will be lifted, which may take a bit more time. Fat transfer is a two-step process that will add more time to the surgery and a few new tiny incisions at the donor site.
Recovering from Breast Implant Removal Surgery
Following breast implant removal, patients can expect some discomfort, which can be managed with prescription pain medication. After a few days of rest and time away from work, patients are typically able to return to their normal, everyday activities. We suggest that patients refrain from vigorous activity for at least a month during the healing process to help avoid complications.
Risks and Complications of Breast Implant Removal
Since breast implant removal is a surgical procedure, it is possible for patients to experience some risks and complications. These risks and complications can include loose skin, bleeding, blood clots, infection, pain, scarring, emotional distress as a result of the change in body image, and adverse reactions to anesthesia. When breast implant removal is performed by a highly skilled and experienced plastic surgeon at The Naderi Center, the chances of these risks and complications are significantly reduced.
Frequently Asked Questions About Breast Implant Removal
How long will the results from breast implant removal surgery last?
Breast implant removal leads to permanent results. However, patients may notice changes in the shape, size, and position of their breasts as they go through the natural process of aging. Pregnancy and weight fluctuations may also affect the results of their breast implant removal.
Will a breast lift be required after a breast implant removal?
After a breast implant removal, some patients are unhappy with the shape of their breasts and choose to undergo a breast lift, which involves removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue so that a more youthful breast contour and position can be created. Other patients do not opt for a breast lift as they are pleased with the appearance of their natural breasts.
Can I replace my breast implants after removal?
Some women wish to replace their breast implants with those of a different type or size. This is typically the case for women who have experienced a ruptured implant as it can allow them to address the defective implant and replace it all at once.
When will the results of a breast implant removal be apparent?
After breast implant removal, patients can expect to see results immediately. Their results will improve over several weeks after the surgery as the body heals. If they are displeased with their results for any reason, our surgeon can discuss options such as breast lift or new implants to improve the appearance of the breasts.
What is capsular contracture?
Capsular contracture is one of the most common complications of breast implant surgery. It occurs when the scar tissue that typically forms around a breast implant tightens and squeezes the implant, leading to extreme pain. Capsular contracture is treated through breast implant removal.
Will I need to wear a bra after breast implant removal?
Wearing the compression bra which is provided after breast implant removal is imperative. It stabilizes the chest as it heals. We recommend women wear the garment for a few weeks after surgery to help minimize post-surgical swelling and aid in healing.
Does breast implant removal have to be performed by the same surgeon who placed my implants?
No. In many cases, the surgeon who placed a patient’s implants has either retired or moved to another location. There aren’t any significant benefits to returning to the same surgeon, so patients can safely go to another board-certified plastic surgeon who makes them feel comfortable.
Why Choose The Naderi Center
At The Naderi Center, our board-certified plastic surgeon is committed to ensuring that each and every patient looks and feels their best. We have performed many breast implant removals for former breast augmentation patients in Washington D.C. and northern Virginia to help them improve their health, aesthetics, and well-being.
If you trust us with your breast implant removal, you can expect our highly skilled and experienced breast and body surgeon to be there for you before, during, and after the surgery to answer your questions and address your concerns. You’ll receive the one-on-one attention and individualized, compassionate care you deserve.
Schedule a Consultation at The Naderi Center
If you’re interested in removing your breast implants or have additional questions about this plastic surgery, we invite you to schedule a private consultation at our northern Virginia facility. Call our office in Herndon at 703-481-0002 or Chevy Chase at 301-222-2020 or fill out our convenient online contact form. We look forward to meeting you!