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    What is Breast Implant Removal Surgery?

    What is Breast Implant Removal Surgery?

    Breast implant removal surgery is a common cosmetic procedure where a woman decides to have her breast implants replaced, revised, or removed due to a variety of reasons.

    The decision may be a personal preference or can be due to other factors.

    Why Opt for Breast Implant Removal?

    This procedure is much sought-after in today’s world for a number of reasons:

    Capsular Contracture

    This is perhaps the most common reason for a breast implant removal. Capsular contracture is a complication that occurs when the scar tissue develops around the implants hardening and squeezing them.  It can cause discomfort and even distortion of the breasts.

    In about 75 percent of the cases, capsular contracture occurs within the first two years following surgery. Women dealing with this issue usually get the implants removed or replaced by new ones.


    Infection is a very rare occurrence in the United States. However, this issue does arise from time to time, especially when women get breast implant surgery done abroad or by fake doctors promising plastic surgery for unrealistically low prices.  When it happens, it’s important to remove the implants immediately to avoid further complications.

    Detection of Breast Cancer

    When breast cancer occurs after breast augmentation, implants are generally removed. However, this is not always the case, and breast cancer can be treated even without removal of the implants.

    Personal Choice

    Today, many celebrities and famous personalities are pioneering the ‘less is more’ approach.  This means getting their breast implants removed or replaced with smaller ones. And these procedures are not without reason.

    In some cases, oversized breasts can get in the way of everyday life, especially for physically active women. Very large breasts can also increase the load carried by a woman.  This can lead to some discomfort.

    This article talks about some of the reasons why women choose this procedure. Whatever reasons you may have, it’s important to keep a few things in mind before getting implant removal surgery.

    You May Need a Breast Lift

    A breast lift accompanies most breast implant removal surgeries due to the fact that after the implants’ removal, the breasts tend to sag or droop. This leaves them looking less full and out of shape.

    Emotional Complications May Ensue

    A few women may suffer from emotional stress after breast implants removal. This is mainly due to the fact that they look different and it takes a little time to get used to the new breast size.

    This is especially true for women who decide to get their implants removed years after their breast enhancement procedure. By this point, the implants feel like a part of their body and removing them can feel strange.

    The key point to remember is that it may take some time, but ultimately you will probably be fine with your new body.

    It’s Not Always About Downsizing

    Breast implant removal need not always involve downsizing your breasts in order to feel more comfortable. In fact, many women opt for a breast implant removal so they can replace the implants with larger ones.

    In some cases, a previous surgeon placed the old implants in an awkward way. This is also a common reason for implant removal and replacement surgery. Here the Plastic Surgeon can reposition the implants to suit a patient’s preferences.

    These are just a few factors you need to keep in mind before opting for implant removal surgery.

    1. Recovery 

    The entire cosmetic procedure lasts roughly an hour, that is, if you’re just opting for removal. Replacement or an accompanying breast lift will take up additional time of course.

    Once the surgery is over, the recovery nurse will move you to a recovery room for up to two hours while doctors/nurses will monitor your vital signs.

    Driving a vehicle right after an implant removal surgery is a bad idea. It’s best to stay away from this activity for up to 24 hours after surgery. For this reason, it’s always a good idea to have a friend or family member close by to drive you home post-surgery.

    The incisions made during breast implant removal surgery will heal within a week.  However, you need to stay away from strenuous physical activity for at least 3 weeks after the procedure. Most women will also experience sagging or drooping breasts for some time after the surgery. This is normal, even after a breast lift, since your breasts will take a few weeks to regain shape and volume.

    The most important aspect of the breast implant removal recovery process is your diet and lifestyle. It’s better that you stay away from greasy foods post-surgery and abstain completely from smoking or consuming alcohol as these habits inhibit the body’s ability to recover effectively.

    2. Do Your Research

    Figure out your reasons for opting for implant removal surgery in the first place. Once you’ve got that down it’s important that you find the right Plastic Surgeon for this procedure.

    Too many women today are victims of botched-up plastic surgery procedures only because they were trying to get a good deal on the operation. Instead of signing up for the cheapest option, take your time and find someone reliable and who other patients recommend.

    Dr. Rosso is the leading Plastic Surgeon specializing in breast implant removal in the South Bay.  Call our office today at 310-326-3636 to book a consultation.


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