Breast Implant Removal

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What is breast implant removal surgery?

Breast implant surgery removal is performed when patients want their implants taken out. This could just be for personal reasons or when an implant is causing pain or deflates.

Who is a good candidate for breast implant removal?

A good candidate is someone who is healthy and desires that their implants be removed.

How much does breast implant removal cost?

Removing implants alone can cost between $3500-$7000.

What should I expect during a consultation for breast implant removal?

During the consultation, you will spend a lot of time with the doctor reviewing your surgical goals. An exam will then be performed and a surgical plan will be discussed with you at length.

What questions should I ask my plastic surgeon about breast implant removal?

You should ask if he is board certified first, and then discuss options for the reduction you desire. You might want to review the various techniques as well and which technique he feels will give you the best result with the least amount of scarring.

What are the risks of breast implant removal?

The main risks of breast implant removal surgery are unfavorable scarring, asymmetry, infection, bleeding, nipple loss, skin loss, fat necrosis, fluid collections, dysesthesias, and need for revisions.

What are the steps of a breast implant removal procedure?

I tell my patients to eat a well balanced diet and exercise regularly. I also want them to avoid any medications or supplements that may cause excessive bleeding.

What should I expect during my breast implant removal recovery?

Most patients can go back to light duty within 3-5 days.  I have patients avoid aerobic type of activity for 3-4 weeks and then avoid exertion of heavy lifting for about 6-8 weeks.The goal of implant removal surgery is to take out the implants.

What words should I know about breast implant removal?

Words to be familiar with include, implant, ptosis, nipple, areola, deflation, rupture.

How do I choose a plastic surgeon for breast implant removal?

The best way to choose is first to determine if he is board certified and experienced doing the procedure that you want. You want to feel comfortable with both the doctor and his staff.  Seeing their results as well and their experience is also important.

Breast Implant Removal Frequently Asked Questions

Can breast implants cause autoimmune disease?

There have been many studies looking at this, and as of today there are no studies to support that implants can cause autoimmune issues.

Can breast implants last a lifetime?

Breast implants can last a lifetime but most need to be changed at least once in a lifetime.

Can breast implants cause cellulitis?

Celulitis may develop with implants.

Can saline implants cause autoimmune problems?

There have been many studies looking at this, and as of today there are no studies to support that implants can cause autoimmune issues.

Can breast implants cause pain years later?

Yes, pain can develop years later. This is most likely due to a capsular contracture.

Can you die from breast implants?

Breast implants are inert. There are some studies of textured implants being associated with ALCL.

Can breast implants get infected years later?

Yes, implants can get infected years later.

Can you get your breast implants removed?

Yes, you can have your implants removed.

Do breast implants cause health problems?

In general, breast implants are very safe. There have been some issues recently documented with textured implants that are associated with a rare form of ALCL.

How do you know if my implants are leaking?

If the implants are saline and they leak, the breast will deflate. If a silicone implant is leaking it may look different than normal and an MRI may be required to determine if it ruptures.

Do breast implants sag over time?

Breast implants may sag over time.

How is BIA ALCL diagnosed?

It is often associated with unusual swelling of the breast. Often on one side years after implants were placed. The fluid and capsule tissue are tested in a lab.

How common is capsular contracture in breast implants?

The rate of capsular contracture is very small, about 3-4%. It does increase gradually over the years.

How long does it take to recover from breast implant illness?

Many surgeons do not believe that breast implant illness exists.

How do I prepare for breast implant removal?

I tell my patients to eat healthy and exercise regularly and avoid taking medications or supplements that might cause bleeding.

How much does it cost to have breast implants removed?

The fee will vary depending upon the extent of the work to be performed. The fee may start out at $5000.

How often does breast implant illness occur?

Many surgeons do not believe that breast implant illness exists.

What are the early signs of capsular contracture?

Early signs of capsular contracture include pain, hardness, tightness, change in shape of the breast.

How often should breast implants be checked?

Breast implants should be checked regularly. I like to have patients be seen once a year.

What are the symptoms of breast implant illness?

Many surgeons do not believe that breast implant illness exists.

What are the symptoms of silicone toxicity?

There is no such thing as silicone toxicity when it comes to implants. Silicone is inert.

Is breast implant illness covered by insurance?

Many surgeons do not believe that breast implant illness exists.

Is removal of breast implants dangerous?

Removing implants is not dangerous.

What breast implants are linked to lymphoma?

So far, it seems that textured implants are the only ones associated with lymphoma.

What breast implants have been recalled?

Certain textured implants have been recalled.

What is implant bottoming?

Bottoming out of implants is when the lower pole stretches out or the implant falls below the breast fold.

What does capsular contracture look like?

A capsular contracture can make the shape of the implant look very squeezed and unusual looking

What percentage of breast implants rupture?

Implant rupture rates are about 5%

What happens if a breast implant pops?

If an implant ruptures, the breast may change shape or actually deflate.

When should you have breast implants replaced?

Implants should only be replaced if you have a problem with them.

What happens if breast implants are not replaced?

If the implants look fine, then they do not need to be replaced.

Why I removed my breast implants?

You should only remove your implants if you do not want them anymore, or there has been a problem with them.

Will capsular contracture go away?

A capsular contracture will not go away on its own.

Steven Wallach MD

Steven Wallach MD

Dr. Wallach is a board-certified plastic surgeon in New York City who specializes in performing cosmetic procedures of the face, breast and body. As one of the cutting edge experts in the field, Dr. Wallach consults on a regular basis with people in the beauty, media, and publishing worlds.

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