If you’ve made the decision to remove your breast implants, we’ve put together this blog to answer some breast implant removal questions you may have.
This kind of surgery, also known as explant surgery, is a standard procedure which involves taking out existing breast implants. Some patients may also have new implants inserted during the operation.
We know surgery can be a daunting experience for some, but you are in safe hands with Dr Samuel Yang.
Dr Yang is a qualified and experienced plastic and reconstructive surgeon, based in Brisbane. He’s a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, a member of the Australian Medical Association and a member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons.
If you have any other specific questions after reading this blog, please feel free to reach out to our team on (07) 3257 7950.
Preparing for Breast Implant Removal
- Where will the procedure be performed?
Dr Yang completed his plastic surgery training in 2011 and now works across both the private and public systems. He operates out of the following accredited, private hospitals across Brisbane:
- Chermside Day Hospital, Chermside
- South Bank Day Hospital, South Bank
- Brisbane Private Hospital, Spring Hill
- Greenslopes Private Hospital, Greenslopes
For uninsured patients who meet a select medical criteria, Dr Yang can also operate at Princess Alexandra Hospital as Dr Yang’s private patient (limited availability).
- What anaesthesia is available?
Breast implant removals are performed while a patient is under general anaesthetic. This is administered by a qualified anaesthetist.
- What are my options for pain relief?
Appropriate pain relief will be prescribed to you by Dr Yang or your anaesthetist.
- How long does the surgery take?
Depending on the specific surgery, it can range from 45 minutes to 2.5 hours.
We recommend keeping the entire day clear to allow for pre-operative arrival and post-operative recovery.
- How do I prepare for surgery?
We recommend showering and washing your hair prior to your surgery.
It is also advisable to wear loose, comfortable clothing on the day.
You will also be advised of fasting requirements prior to your surgery.
- Is it day surgery or will I be admitted overnight?
Most breast implant removal procedures are performed as a day case. However, overnight hospital admission may sometimes be required.
- What should I expect after the surgery?
You will need someone to drive you home from hospital following the procedure.
You will also be required to rest and follow post-operative instructions from Dr Yang.
Breast Implant Removal Recovery
- How much time will I need off work?
This depends on the specifics of the procedure and the type of work you do. For most sedentary jobs you will need about 5-7 days off. If your job involves physical activity you will need about 2 weeks off.
Manual work and heavy lifting should be avoided for at least 2 weeks.
- What exercise can I do post-surgery?
Do not do any heavy exercise – or exercise involving the chest or shoulders – for 2 weeks after surgery.
Some gentle cardio may be appropriate in the later stages of recovery, however this is dependent on the nature and extent of your surgery.
- When can I shower?
The wounds must be kept dry if there are drains in place.
If there are no drains, the dressings can get wet after 48 hours in the shower over the dressing.
- When can I drive?
Usually after 1 week, but often sooner depending on individual circumstances.
- How can I minimise the likelihood of scars?
We will provide you with the details and a discount code for a scar cream, to help fade scars.
- When will I see the final result?
This depends on the surgery. It can take up to 6 months for swelling to subside and tissue to settle.
Breast Implant Removal Questions
Dr Yang strives for the best results for every patient, and ensures individualised care, time and attention is afforded to everyone.
If you have further questions, please reach out to our team today on (07) 3257 7950, or make an appointment for an in-person consultation with Dr Yang.
Dr Samuel Yang is an experienced plastic, reconstructive and cosmetic surgeon based in Brisbane.
A fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and a member of both the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons and the Australian Medical Association, Dr Yang has been practising in both the private and public systems since 2013.
Dr Yang aims to help his patients pick the best surgical option based on the desired result, and ensures they are comfortable and informed before making any commitment.