At a Glance
Do you have breast implants but no longer wish to have them? For one reason or another, many women who have had implants will eventually decide they no longer wish to have them, and will seek out breast implant removal.
You may also be interested in breast implant replacement.
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:
- Had implant complications: in some cases, the implant will rupture, fold or deflate and will need to be removed. Other complications include capsular contracture, displacement, leakage or infection
- Had lifestyle changes: pregnancy, weight loss or weight gain can change the appearance of our body and make the implants look out of proportion
- Changed their mind: while the implants might have been a good decision 10 years ago, you may not want to have implants anymore and are looking to have them removed
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.
Can I have breast implant removal?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.
What does the breast implant removal procedure involve?The surgeon will make an incision where your old incision was made. The implant will then be removed and the incision will be shut.
How long will the procedure take?The procedure will take around one hour to complete.
What anaesthetic will be used?Breast implant removal is performed under ClearSleep™ anaesthetic. This means you will be asleep for the duration of the procedure.
Will I have to stay overnight in hospital?This is a day-case procedure. You will be able to return home once the effects of the anaesthetic have worn off.
Will I have a scar?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.
Will I have to wear a compression garment?Following surgery, you will need to wear a compression garment. This will help to support your breasts and to reduce any swelling.
How long will I have to take off work?You will need to take at least five days off work. You may need to take longer if you have a physically demanding job.
How long will I need to avoid exercise?You will need to avoid any strenuous physical exercise, as well as heavy lifting, for at least six weeks.
When will I be able to notice results?It may take up to two months for your breasts to fully settle into position.