If you’re considering having your breast implant surgery reversed, or your current implants replaced, you may be curious to find out more about recovery from breast implant removal.
In this blog we explain:
- Your options for breast implant removal,
- What to expect after surgery, plus
- Post-surgery treatment for one of our patients who recently had breast revision surgery.
Dr Samuel Yang is a Brisbane-based plastic, reconstructive and cosmetic surgeon.
He takes each patient’s individual situation into consideration and will help you determine the most suitable procedure for you.
Breast Implant Removal Options
We see many women opting to have their breast implants removed and or replaced for a variety of personal and health reasons, including breast implant illness, back and neck pain, implant ruptures.
Here are the most common surgical options:
- Breast Implant Removal Capsulectomy – This involves removing the implant and the scar tissue or capsule which surrounds it.
- Breast Implant Revision – Where patient has their old implants removed and new implants inserted in their place.
- Breast Lift (Mastopexy) – In this procedure the implant is completely removed, before the breast tissue is adjusted and reshaped.
- Breast Implant Revision and Breast Lift (Mastopexy)- This option involves removing the old implant and replacing it with a new one. A breast lift (mastopexy) is also performed during this procedure.
You can learn more about each of these options in our blog here.
What to Expect After Breast Implant Removal
Recovery from breast implant removal surgery will look different for every patient and will be dependent on your own individual circumstances.
Here are a few things to keep in mind:
- You will need someone to drive you home after your operation.
- After your surgery, you will need to rest and comply with Dr Yang’s post-operative instructions.
- You cannot carry out any intense exercise for 2 weeks after surgery, or exercise involving your shoulders or chest.
- You must avoid heavy lifting and manual work for at least 2 weeks.
- For those with sedentary jobs, you will need approximately 5-7 days off work. However, women who have more physical jobs will need close to 2 weeks off.
- It’s likely you should avoid driving within 1 week of surgery.
- If you don’t have drains in place, you can get dressings wet after 48 hours. However, if you do have drains in place, you must keep wounds dry
- Final results are dependent on the type of surgery you had and how your body has recovered.
Recovery from Breast Implant Removal
Have you got more questions about breast implant removal, revision and recovery? Or would you like to discuss your own situation? To make an in-person appointment with Dr Yang, you can call 07 3257 7950 or contact us online here.
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.