Breast Implant Removal Defined

Whether you are no longer satisfied with your implants, experiencing complications, or simply ready for a change, this transformative journey leads you towards renewed self-assurance and a newfound sense of comfort. We approach breast implant removal with precision and sensitivity, offering a personalized experience. Step into a world of possibilities where you can embrace the beauty of authenticity and start a path of rejuvenation.

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Understanding Breast Implant Removal

Breast implant removal is a surgical procedure aimed at removing breast implants that were previously inserted for breast augmentation or reconstruction. Some individuals choose to have implants removed to restore their natural breast appearance, whether due to changes in aesthetic preferences, medical concerns, or implant-related issues.

Advantages of Breast Implant Removal

Breast implant removal allows individuals to return to their natural breast size and shape, achieving a more authentic and balanced appearance. Some individuals experience physical discomfort or pain due to breast implants, and removal can alleviate discomfort and restore comfort in everyday activities.

Other benefits include the following:

  • Breast implant removal eliminates the long-term risks associated with breast implants, such as implant rupture, capsular contracture, and implant-related complications.
  • For those concerned about the longevity of their breast implants or potential health risks, removal offers peace of mind and a fresh start.
  • During the removal procedure, patients can explore other breast enhancement options, such as fat transfer or a breast lift, tailored to their preferences and goals.
  • Removal may be recommended for women who wish to become pregnant or breastfeed, as it eliminates potential concerns associated with implants during these life stages.
  • Unlike breast implants, which may require monitoring and potential replacement over time, the removal procedure reduces the need for ongoing maintenance.
  • In cases where individuals are dissatisfied with their breast implants or experience complications, removal offers a reversible solution to restore their original appearance.
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Candidacy for Breast Implant Removal

The best candidates are those who no longer wish to have breast implants and desire to return to their natural breast size and shape. This includes patients who have experienced complications with their breast implants, such as implant rupture, capsular contracture, or implant malposition.

Breast implant removal candidates also include:

  • Women who have undergone significant life changes and wish to remove their breast implants for personal or health reasons
  • Individuals who are dissatisfied with the appearance or feel of their breast implants and seek to reverse their augmentation
  • Individuals who have concerns about the long-term health risks associated with breast implants and opt for their removal as a preventive measure
  • Women who are planning to become pregnant or breastfeed and wish to remove their breast implants before doing so
  • Patients who have undergone weight loss or significant changes in their body shape and wish to address how their breast implants now fit their body
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Procedure Details for Breast Implant Removal

The surgery typically begins with the administration of anesthesia to ensure the patient's comfort throughout the procedure. Dr. Koonce will make incisions in predetermined locations, which can be similar to the incisions made during the initial breast augmentation surgery. Through these incisions, she delicately removes the breast implants, taking care not to damage surrounding tissues.

If the implants were placed under the chest muscle, this muscle may need to be released during the removal process. Additionally, any scar tissue around the implants, known as the capsule, may be removed entirely or partially, depending on the patient's specific case.

Once the implants are removed and the necessary adjustments made, Dr. Koonce closes the incisions with sutures, and surgical tape is applied to support the healing process. The entire procedure is personalized to each patient's unique needs and goals, ensuring a safe and effective removal of breast implants.

Recovery After Breast Implant Removal

After the surgery, patients can expect discomfort, swelling, and bruising in the chest area, which can be managed with prescribed pain medication. Dr. Koonce will provide specific post-operative instructions to guide patients through their recovery; it is essential to follow these instructions diligently, which may include wearing a supportive bra or compression garment to minimize swelling and provide stability to the breasts.

Keep in mind:

  • Strenuous activities and heavy lifting should be avoided for several weeks to allow the incisions to heal properly
  • Most patients can resume non-strenuous daily activities within a few days to a week after the procedure, with a total return to normal activities within several weeks
  • Regular follow-up appointments with Dr. Koonce are scheduled to monitor the healing progress and address any concerns

Over time, the swelling will gradually subside, and patients will begin to appreciate the full benefits of their breast implant removal, allowing them to embrace their natural appearance with renewed confidence and comfort.

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Stephanie Koonce, MD

Experience Excellence at Écosse Plastic Surgery

Dr. Koonce and her compassionate team offer a range of procedures, including breast implant removal, focusing on creating an exquisite experience for each patient. Dr. Koonce meticulously performs breast implant removal procedures, carefully guiding her patients through the journey.

At Écosse Plastic Surgery, patients are greeted with a warm and sophisticated environment where they can indulge in the highest level of care and refinement. With Dr. Koonce's expertise and the support of her compassionate team, patients can entrust their implant removal to the hands of a skilled and caring professional, embracing the freedom of their natural beauty and self-confidence. Contact us today.

Breast Implant Removal FAQ

What are the reasons for Breast Implant Removal?

Common reasons for breast implant removal include implant rupture or leakage, capsular contracture (scar tissue formation around the implant), implant displacement, dissatisfaction with the appearance of implants, and the desire to return to a more natural look.

Is Breast Implant Removal a complex procedure?

The complexity of breast implant removal can vary depending on individual circumstances. Simple implant removal without additional procedures is generally less complex, while cases requiring capsule removal or breast revision may involve more intricate surgical techniques.

Will there be scarring after the procedure?

Breast implant removal may leave some degree of scarring. However, Dr. Koonce utilizes meticulous techniques to minimize scarring and ensures that incisions are discreetly placed whenever possible.

How long is the recovery period after Breast Implant Removal?

Recovery time can vary from person to person. Generally, patients can expect some discomfort and swelling after the surgery. Most individuals can resume non-strenuous daily activities within a few days to a week, with full recovery taking several weeks.

Can Breast Implant Removal be combined with other procedures?

Yes, breast implant removal can be combined with other procedures like breast lift or fat grafting to achieve desired aesthetic outcomes. Dr. Koonce will discuss all available options and customize a treatment plan according to each patient's needs and goals.

Will I experience changes in breast appearance after the removal?

After breast implant removal, the breasts may appear different from how they looked with implants. The natural breast tissue and skin will adjust over time, and patients may experience a more relaxed and softer breast contour.

Are there any risks associated with Breast Implant Removal?

As with any surgical procedure, breast implant removal carries some risks, including infection, bleeding, scarring, and changes in breast shape. However, Dr. Koonce takes every precaution to minimize these risks and ensure patient safety.

Will insurance cover the cost of Breast Implant Removal?

In most cases, insurance does not cover breast implant removal if it is performed for cosmetic reasons. However, insurance coverage may apply if there are medical indications, such as implant-related complications. Patients are advised to consult with their insurance providers for more details.

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