Mr Omar Tillo
Consultant Plastic Surgeon
When you undergo breast augmentation, you’re generally not thinking about what is going to happen when you have the implants removed. However, having your implants removed or replaced is a common occurrence.
Generally, the lifetime of implants are considered to be around 15 years, so most women will eventually find that they are recommended to remove or replace their implants. There are numerous reasons why women decide they need to have their breast implants removed. This can include complications such as infection, problems with the implant, or the development of capsular contracture. In other instances, the body may have just changed or you may not like how the implants look anymore.
In some instances, you may need to undergo other procedure after the implant removal. You may require a breast uplift to ensure the breasts do not lose their shape.
Those who are eligible for breast implant removal are those who:
If you choose to undergo breast implant removal, you will also need to be physically and mentally healthy.
You will have to be a non-smoker, or be able to stop smoking prior to the procedure, and throughout the recovery period.
Breast implant removal will be performed under a general anaesthetic. At Centre for Surgery, this is known as ClearSleep™. Unlike other types of general anaesthetic, ClearSleep™ does not involve the use of breathing machines or tubes. You are also able to wake up much faster following your procedure and will have a heightened sense of wellness.
Breast implant removal will involve the surgeon making an incision in the place where the incision was made during your original breast augmentation procedure. The implant will then be removed and the incision will be shut.
The procedure will take about one hour to perform. It is performed as a day case procedure, so you will be able to return home on the same day, once the effects of the anaesthetic have worn off.
The recovery following breast implant removal will generally be easier and smoother than the one experienced after your initial breast augmentation. However, the recovery period may be longer if you also had a breast uplift after your implant removal.
After the surgery, it is normal to experience some swelling, redness and bruising. You may need to take pain medication to help with any symptoms.
You will have a compression garment which you will need to wear throughout the recovery period. This will help to support the breasts and reduce any swelling.
You may need to take up to five days off work. This will vary from person to person. If you have a physically demanding job, you may need to take more time off. Those who had capsular contracture may also need to take extra time off.
You will need to avoid any strenuous physical exercise, including any heavy lifting, for at least six weeks. This will also include lifting young children. If you have young children, you may have to consider childcare options for your recovery period.
Your breasts may take at least two months to settle into place. Your breasts may initially appear deflated, but volume will eventually be restored.
If you have had breast augmentation, and you are currently unhappy with your implants or have had a complication, you may wish to undergo breast implant removal.
To be a suitable candidate, you will also need to be physically and mentally healthy. You will also need to be a non-smoker, or be able to stop smoking before and after the procedure.
The surgeon will make an incision where your old incision was made. The implant will then be removed and the incision will be shut.
The incision will be made in the same place as where the previous incision was done for your original breast augmentation. This means you will not have an additional scar.
You will need to take at least five days off work. You may need to take longer if you have a physically demanding job.
You will need to avoid any strenuous physical exercise, as well as heavy lifting, for at least six weeks.