Breast augmentation is the most popular cosmetic surgery today. This statistic has lead to an increase in those who are looking to get their implants removed.
Before you consider removing your implants, there are several factors to consider. Dr. Dorner is a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience in body contouring procedures such as breast implant removal. Here is his top-ten list of things you should know about the procedure:
- Most implants can be easily taken out in-office under local anesthesia. That’s right! Your procedure can take less than 1-hour and often involves little to no pain.
- The shape of your breasts will improve dramatically over the course of 2-4 weeks. Immediately after your procedure your breasts can appear caved-in or misshapen. Over time they’ll ‘fluff’ back up, improve in shape, and regain an additional 10-15% volume. Be patient before jumping into another surgery.
- Some patients may require a breast lift resulting in possible scars. If your skin is stretched or saggy due to pregnancy, changes in weight, or as a result of the natural aging process, a breast lift can be performed at the same time as your implant removal. It can take up to 1-year for scars to soften and lighten.
- You don’t always have to take out the capsule. The capsule, or scar that forms around the implant, typically doesn’t need to be removed if the thickness is considered normal. With the absence of an implant, the internal scar will eventually shrink in size.
- There is no hard-fast 10-year rule for implant removal. Don’t be deceived by your warranty. Implants can last you a lifetime if they do not rupture.
- If you remove one implant due to rupture or for another reason, you should consider replacing the other implant for a cohesive look. You’ll also receive a refreshed warranty for the next 10-years that can cover you in case of possible rupture or capsular contracture (this may require purchasing an additional warranty – please check with the manufacturer directly for details).
- It’s easier to replace implants with a larger size than to go smaller. When downsizing the implant pocket requires significant modification which is more difficult and unpredictable compared to increasing the pocket size.
- You may need drains when taking out the implant. Drains may be used to prevent fluid from forming within the old capsule.
- If the capsule is very think and distorts the breast or is calcified it, may need to be completely removed. Excess silicone within the capsule (this is usually only seen with implants that were manufactured before 1980) can result in potential health risks and should be taken out.
- Imaging studies are not perfect. This cannot be stressed enough. Even if you have an MRI (the best way to check for implant rupture) it may be falsely positive. A false-positive can read as the implant being ruptured when the implant is intact and okay. Keep this in mind before rushing to operate based on any imaging study because removal may not be 100% necessary. This is a tricky area since it is generally recommended that ruptured implants be removed, but in some situations it’s very difficult to tell.
During your in-person consultation, Dr. Dorner will complete a full evaluation and talk to you about your end-goals. Afterward, he’ll create an individualized treatment plan to ensure an optimal outcome. He will be available to answer all questions you may have regarding your upcoming surgery.
If you are considering having your implants removed, schedule a consult with Dr. Dorner by giving us a call at (614) 336-9000 or by simply filling out the form on this page today!