Making the decision to have breast implant removal surgery, also known as explant surgery, can be a difficult one, but for some women it is necessary.
If you are considering this procedure there are a few options to keep in mind, which Dr Samuel Yang and his team have explained in greater detail in this blog.
What is Breast Implant Removal?
Explant surgery is a standard procedure where an old implant is removed completely. Some women opt for removal of implants and replacement during the same procedure. Others decide to rejuvenate their breast shape by including a breast lift as well.
Below we explain what is involved in each of these procedures in more detail. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you’d like to discuss your individual requirements by calling (07) 3257 7950.
Reasons to have Explant Surgery
Although breast implants remain popular, many women are deciding to have the procedure reversed for a range of reasons, including:
- Desire to return to more natural shape.
- Medical complications, such as a rupture or capsular contracture (hardening of scar tissue or capsule around the implant).
- Other health issues or concerns such as back and neck pain, breast implant illness and ALCL.
Whether you wish to remove your breast implants completely or alter the size of your implants, there are a range of factors to consider and potential procedures you can undertake.
Options for Breast Implant Removal
- Breast Implant removal and En Bloc Removal
En Bloc removal involves removing both the implant together with the surrounding scar tissue – a natural bodily reaction – that forms due to the presence of the implant.
This scarring hardens forming a “capsule” around the implant.
This is often the preferred option for patients who want all traces of their implants removed. Some patients feel that this may be especially important to do in the context of Breast Implant Illness Syndrome. However, it can be quite an invasive procedure and is not suitable for every person. Some patients prefer to have only the implant removed.
- Breast Implant Revision
Revision surgery, which also includes implant removal and replacement, is a procedure where a patient has their implants removed and replaced with implants that meet their desires.
This can be done to correct any issues as a result of the initial surgery, or to replace any defective implants.
- Breast Lift
Also known as a mastopexy, this procedure involves removing the implant entirely and then adjusting and reshaping the breast tissue to reshape and contour the breast.
Breast implants typically stretch the surrounding tissue and once removed can leave the natural tissue with a saggy or droopy appearance.
A breast lift addresses this by tightening and shaping the breasts to leave a firmer, more raised appearance.
Other than removing the implant itself, the procedure will not affect the overall volume of your breasts.
- Breast Implant Revision and Breast Lift
This involves removing the breast implant, replacing the implant and performing a breast lift.
This can rejuvenate the shape of the breast whilst maintaining the fullness and projection that an implant gives.
What to Expect During your Consultation with Dr Samuel Yang
- Every consultation is tailored to the individual.
- Dr Yang takes the time to understand your reasons for breast implant removal – and any concerns – to make an informed assessment and recommendations.
- Outcomes and expectations based on your individual circumstances will be explained.
- We encourage you to ask questions and raise and concerns, drawing on Dr Yang’s expertise and experience to make an informed decision that’s right for you.
- We will work with you to create a tailored management plan – sometimes this may involve further investigations or non-surgical options.
Breast Implant Removal
Having your breast implants removed can be personal choice for cosmetic reasons, or may be necessary for woman experiencing tenderness, pain or a breast implant illness.
Dr Yang will discuss these reasons with you and help you determine the best option to suit your situation.
Book an in-person consultation now by calling (07) 3257 7950.
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.