Breast Implant Removal

Breast implant removal without implant replacement is a procedure which some women may consider for a number of reasons. These include the following

  • In older women who have had implants all their life and who do not want to consider future surgery and replacements
  • In rare cases of women who have suffered complications such as capsular contractures on a repeated basis
  • In women who feel they made the wrong decision in their earlier life and now simply want a smaller breast size
  • In very rare situations where women may feel they have a reaction to their breast implants causing vague symptoms of ill health

The main concern with breast implant removal is the appearance of the breast following implant removal with the loss in volume and resulting skin laxity. The degree to which such changes occur depend upon the initial size of the breast implant and the level of the nipple which determines the degree of breast drop which may occur after breast implant removal.

There are a number of options available depending on each persons individual circumstances and these include

These options are explained in more detail below.

The other important factor during the breast implant removal is whether the capsule is removed with the breast implant. If the capsule is soft and thin this is not needed but if there is a thick capsule with a contracture a capsulectomy will be required. There are some women who are currently requesting an en-bloc capsulectomy which means the whole capsule is removed in one piece together with the breast implant. This is a more complex procedure which can be offered at the same time.

General Anaesthetic
Surgery time
1 and half hours
Hospital stay
Day Case or 1 Night
Time off work
1 to 2 weeks
Full recovery
6 weeks
Best results
3 to 6 months
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