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Plastic Surgery Specialists of
Birmingham, Alabama

Dr. Robert Oliver Jr.
Dr. Jason M. Jack

Breast Implant Removal in Birmingham, AL

Breast implant removal (explantation) removes breast implants for women who are dissatisfied with their implants’ appearance or experience implant complications.

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Unfortunately, some women may experience issues with their original breast implants that require them to be removed. Breast implant removal allows patients to safely remove their implants and maintain their natural and youthful appearance. Breast implant removal can be combined with breast lift surgery or breast revision surgery to further enhance the attractiveness of the breasts.

What Can Breast Implant Removal Address?

Capsular Contracture

Capsular contracture is a condition that develops when the scar tissue that forms around your implant thickens or hardens. Left untreated, this could cause a deformity in the breasts’ appearance, pain, or discomfort. A capsulectomy may be included in your treatment if a capsule of scar tissue needs removal.

Implant Rupture

Wear-and-tear of an implant can cause the shell to rupture and the contents to leak out of the breast pocket. Saline and silicone breast implant ruptures require immediate correction. With the use of breast implant removal techniques, silicone can be eliminated from the body. Saline is absorbed naturally.

Implant Displacement

Implants can shift from their original position creating asymmetry, physical complications, and an unattractive appearance. Breast implant removal can address malpositioned implants by removing them with or without a replacement.

Unhappiness With Breast Appearance

Breast implant removal can address a woman’s unhappiness with her initial augmentation results. Breast implant removal can include breast revision techniques to improve breast size, shape, and placement. Some women may desire a more natural appearance and wish to remove their implants without adding new ones.

What Can I Expect From Breast Implant Removal Surgery?

What Is Discussed During My Breast Implant Removal Consultation?

During your consultation, Dr. Oliver or Dr. Jack will examine your breast implant and anatomy to discuss an implant removal plan that will alleviate any physical issues, such as malposition, rupture, or abnormal scar tissue development. Your surgeon will also discuss breast revision options to address any cosmetic concerns caused by faulty or unsatisfying implants.

What Can I Expect for My Breast Implant Removal Procedure?

General anesthesia will be administered before your breast implant removal surgery to ensure your comfort and safety. The breast implant removal technique used during your surgery may be a combination of techniques to remove the breast capsule and implants.

Incisions are either along the lower fold of your breasts or around the areolas. The incisions will be closed once the implant and breast capsule tissue is removed from the breast. Any residual silicone material (from an implant leak) will also be removed before closing incisions—as long as it is safe to do so.

Can Breast Implant Removal Be Combined With Other Procedures?

Breast implant removal can be combined with a breast lift to restore the breasts’ profile and shape. Breast implant removal and lift can also correct any premature sagging caused by breast implants. 

Other patients may still desire to have implants. Breast revision surgery with replacement implants allows patients to maintain their augmented breasts.

What Can I Expect for My Breast Implant Removal Results?

It can take six months to one year for the final results to be visible. In some cases, patients may require more than a single surgery to produce ideal results.

The size of the removed implants and the quality of your remaining breast tissue will determine the results of your breast implant removal. The amount of scar tissue removed during your surgery will also determine the outcome of your results.

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Recovery

What Can I Expect for My Breast Implant Removal Recovery?

During the recovery period for your breast implant removal, it is common to experience swelling, soreness, and a loss of sensation in the breasts. Over the next two to three weeks, these issues should resolve themselves. However, it can take one year to heal from breast implant removal fully.

Your surgeon will provide clear instructions to help ensure a safe healing process. Your surgeon will also explain incision care, activities to avoid, and medications that aid healing.

Scars

Will My Breast Implant Removal Leave Scars?

Generally, incisions from breast implant removal are made in the same place as your initial breast augmentation. Incisions can also be placed along the inframammary crease of the breast (below the breasts where they meet the ribcage). These incision methods will minimize the visibility of new scars.

Patients can also reduce the visibility of scars by applying scar cream and other skin care therapies. All scars fade with time.

Cost

What Is the Cost of Breast Implant Removal in Birmingham?

The cost of breast implant removal will depend on the facility location, incision techniques, aesthetic procedures combined, and other related factors.

During your consultation, you will be provided with an estimated cost of your breast implant removal based on your personal needs.

Pain

Is Breast Implant Removal Painful?

Anesthesia is administered during breast implant removal to ensure a pain-free experience. Pain after surgery can easily be managed with prescription or over-the-counter pain medication.

The desire of Dr. Oliver and Dr. Jack at Plastic Surgery Specialists located in Birmingham, Alabama is to provide you with the finest personalized care while creating beautiful, natural results.

Frequently Asked Questions About Breast Implant Removal

  • How should I prepare for my breast implant removal?

    Your breast implant removal is not vastly different from your initial breast augmentation, and you should prepare for it in a similar way. Because this surgery is performed under general anesthesia, you will need to stop smoking and tobacco use (including vaping) for at least 10 to 14 days before and after surgery.

    You may also need to stop taking any blood-thinning medications and supplements (including aspirin, ibuprofen, and NSAIDs). All of these interfere with blood circulation, which may increase your chances of complications during and after the surgery.

    You will need to arrange for someone to drive you home after the procedure and schedule a few days off work and daily obligations to recover.

  • Can I choose a larger or smaller implant?

    Of course! Many patients who choose breast implant removal follow that with the replacement of a new implant. During this procedure, you may change any of your implant’s specifications, from size to shape to texture. During this surgery, you can even select a different implant placement from your original breast augmentation (either above or below the pectoral muscle).

  • Will the scar tissue around the implant need to be removed?

    Your surgeon at Plastic Surgery Specialists will evaluate the state of your scar tissue to determine if it needs to be removed either partially or completely. This is accomplished with a technique known as a capsulectomy.

  • What procedures can be performed alongside breast implant removal?

    Breast lift surgery is the most common procedure performed with breast implant removal. Breast implant removal can also be performed alongside other body contouring procedures, such as liposuction, tummy tuck surgery, or body lift surgery.

  • Are breast implant removal before and after photos offered by Plastic Surgery Specialists of Birmingham?

    Before and after photos of breast implant removal surgery can be provided during your consultation. Breast augmentation and breast lift before and after photos are also available online. These photographs give patients a better understanding of the potential transformation achieved from a breast implant removal with a breast lift or implant replacement.

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