Breast Implant Removal: Is it Right for You?

There are several reasons a woman might choose to remove her breast implants. Some of the most common issues that may inspire choosing to undergo the surgery include:


Breast implants can lead to complications, including breast pain, capsular contraction (hardening of the scar tissue surrounding the implant), implant rupture, or leakage.

Lifestyle Changes

Women with breast implants who decide to remove them due to changes in lifestyle, such as pregnancy, weight loss or gain, or due to a wish to go larger or smaller or return to a natural breast size.

Health Concerns

In rare cases, breast implants may have resulted in an autoimmune condition or other health issues that will require removal.

Personal Preference

Women may change their minds about breast implants for personal reasons.

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What is the Procedure for Breast Implant Removal?

Breast implant removal involves the removal of both the implant itself and any surrounding scar tissue. The procedure may take up to two hours under general anesthesia. Incisions are made in the same locations used to place the implants. The implants are then carefully removed. Your surgeon will then close the incisions using skin adhesive or sutures. After your surgery, a compression garment will be placed to reduce swelling and hold the tissues in place.

What is the Recovery for Breast Implant Removal?

Recovery time after breast implant removal depends on the individual. After the procedure, patients can return to light work and activities. However, they should avoid heavy lifting or strenuous exercises for several weeks. In the days after the procedure, it is normal to feel some discomfort, swelling, and bruising.

Dr. Sands can prescribe pain medication to manage any discomfort. Patients may experience changes in their breast appearance after the procedure. Breasts can appear smaller, slightly uneven, too high on the chest, or other minor issues. These occur due to the time it takes for the tissues to adjust and settle.

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Breast Lift After Breast Implant Removal

The patient may also choose to have a breast lift, or another cosmetic procedure performed in conjunction with removing the implants. This will improve the appearance and shape of the breasts. A breast lift can remove any excess skin that remains, lifting the breasts on the chest wall to a very youthful position.

Breast Implant Removal FAQ

Read answers to frequently asked questions about breast implant removal:

Is the procedure painful?

Will my breasts look the same after removal?

How long is the recovery process?

Can I get new implants after removal?

Is the procedure painful?

The procedure is performed under anesthesia, so patients should not feel pain during surgery. However, discomfort, swelling, and bruising can be expected in the days following the procedure.

Will my breasts look the same after removal?

Breasts will appear smaller and may feel less firm. A breast lift or other surgery can enhance the appearance and shape of the breasts.

How long is the recovery process?

Recovery time varies between individuals, but avoiding heavy lifting and strenuous exercise for several weeks after the procedure is essential.

Can I get new implants after removal?

Yes, it is possible to undergo a revision procedure to replace or adjust implants if desired.

Contact Us Today If You Are Considering Breast Implant Removal

At SANDS Aesthetics + Plastic Surgery, we provide breast implant removal performed by board-certified and skilled plastic surgeon. Call us to learn more about this procedure and schedule a consultation.

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