Breast implant removal and breast implant replacement surgery are commonly carried out at Centre for Surgery in London. Removing breast implants is a straightforward procedure, and women can choose to have them replaced if they prefer with new breast implants of a different size.
Breast explant surgery can be performed for several reasons, including women who have decided not to have breast implants anymore. The procedure is also used to address complications of breast implant surgery and can be combined with other techniques such as implant exchange if patients decide to go bigger or smaller.
None of our surgeons at Centre for Surgery has ever used PIP breast implants which the big commercial groups commonly used. We only use breast implants from the most reputable manufacturers with a long track record of safety and quality. If you have previously had PIP implants inserted at another cosmetic surgery clinic, we have the skills and experience to help you if you have problems with PIP implants. If you are experiencing pain or other symptoms in your breasts, we recommend that you get in touch with us to explore your options. Some women may have only become recently aware that they have PIP implants and are understandably anxious about the risks of having PIP implants.
What does breast implant removal involve?
Breast implant removal surgery is most commonly carried out under general anaesthetic, although the procedure can be carried out under local anaesthetic with sedation in selected cases. The procedure takes, on average, between one to 2 hours, depending on whether a capsulectomy is also performed. The procedure involves making an incision along the old scar for your previous breast implant surgery, followed by removal of the implants and finally closing the incision with dissolvable stitches.
After the breast implant removal procedure, you may have a wound drain inserted especially if you have had capsulectomy surgery to remove excessive scar tissue around the old implants. Any drains are usually removed 72 hours later by one of our post-operative nurses. Sterile dressings are applied to the incisions, and a post-operative support bra will be applied after the procedure to support the breasts and help reduce any swelling.
Breast implant removal results will vary on several factors, including the breast’s elasticity, the size of the implant that was removed, and if capsulectomy surgery was also carried out. Patients who require excessive scar tissue to be removed will have a slightly longer recovery than women who have only their implants removed.
Is it possible to have my implant removed on the NHS?
As with all types of cosmetic surgery to improve appearance, the NHS will not cover the cost of breast implant removal. In a small number of cases, the procedure may be carried out in the NHS to remove breast implants if a patient has previously had breast cancer and requires a mastectomy. The PIP implant scandal resulted in thousands of women receiving substandard implants, often without their knowledge. In selected cases, the NHS may remove your implants, but this only applies if the cosmetic surgery clinic which carried out your surgery has shut down or is unwilling to help.
If you do have your implants removed on the NHS, you will not be able to have breast implant replacement at the same time except in a small number of cases, such as in breast reconstruction surgery. In most cases, you will have to have a breast implant replacement at a private cosmetic surgery clinic in London. Some patients may have had PIP breast implant surgery in the NHS, and the NHS will often fund both removal and replacement of these implants at no further cost to you.
What are the side effects, risks and complications of breast implant removal?
When carried out by an experienced surgeon at Centre for Surgery, the side effects of removing breast implants are minimal. However, there are several recognised risks of breast implant removal, with some of the more common ones listed below, although these are still relatively rare risks overall:
- Bleeding and haematoma formation
- Wound infection
- Delayed healing and weird breakdown
- Seroma development
- Skin necrosis
- Changes in skin sensitivity
- Alterations in nipple and areola sensitivity
- Permanent skin discolouration
- Residual skin laxity as a result of the removal of very large breast implants
- Fat necrosis
- Breast asymmetry
- Excessively prominent scarring
- Risks of anaesthesia
- Deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism are also known as venous thromboembolism.
When you attend your face-to-face consultation at Centre for Surgery, our expert breast surgeon will discuss the full range of side effects and potential complications of removing breast implants which allows you to decide on the correct treatment. If you would like to learn more about breast implant removal and breast implant replacement, please contact us today and speak to one of our friendly and knowledgeable patient coordinators to arrange an in-depth consultation.