Breast Implant Removal

Revision Breast Augmentation

Breast implant removal is a relatively simply procedure that patients choose if they are no longer satisfied with their breast augmentation.

During surgery, Dr. Alfaro can also address cosmetic concerns related to the breasts. It is common to exchange the breast implants or perform a breast lift during the same operation.

What to Expect During Breast Implant Removal

What is it? Procedure to remove or replace breast implants. Can be elective (to correct aesthetic concerns) or medically indicated.
Inpatient / Outpatient Outpatient
Surgery time: 1 hour for breast implant removal, longer for more complex revision procedures
Recovery time: Off work for 1 week, while heavy exercise is typically postponed for at least 3 weeks.

How Breast Implant Removal Works

During breast implant removal, Dr. Alfaro typically approaches the implants through the same incisions used during your breast augmentation. Each implant is removed from the breast pocket and the incisions are closed.

Removing implants, especially if they have been in place for many years, can cause aesthetic problems. Fortunately, Dr. Alfaro can perform procedures such as implant exchange or breast lift to provide the best possible outcome.

If you desire a revision (or corrective) breast augmentation, Dr. Alfaro can perform customized procedures that will address your particular concerns. If you have experienced a complication related to your breast implants, this can be addressed. Revision procedures can fix problems such as capsular contracture, implant migration, ruptured implants, and more.

The recovery period after breast implant removal is usually similar to the initial breast surgery. You should expect to be off work for approximately one week, but strenuous activities are postponed for about three weeks. If you have undergone a complex revision procedure, or if your implants have been relocated to the submuscular position, you may need a longer recovery time to allow healing of the muscles.

Breast Implant Removal FAQ

What problems can breast implant removal address?

Revision breast surgery (often with breast implant removal) can address breast implant problems like capsular contracture, implant rupture, visible rippling, and more.

How is breast implant removal performed?

Breast implant removal is similar to the first breast augmentation. The doctor will make an incision (usually in the same location) to approach, remove, replace or reposition your implants.

How long is recovery after breast implant removal?

Your recovery will be similar to (and perhaps shorter than) your original breast augmentation recovery. You will rest and wear a special bra. You will care for your incisions until they heal. You will need to avoid exercise and lifting heavy objects for several weeks.

Does the same surgeon need to perform the revision?

You don't need to see the same surgeon forbreast implant removal, especially if you have lost confidence in your first surgeon.

What is capsular contracture?

Capsular contracture is scarring that causes the tissue to tighten around the implant. It is caused by your immune system reacting to a foreign object. It can cause distortion and hardening of your breast implants.

How are breast implant complications treated?

There are many different techniques that treat complications arising from breast augmentation. The doctor may use an acellular dermal replacement material to support the implants. This material is useful during treatment of capsular contracture, or when an implant has bottomed out.

To Schedule Breast Implant Removal in Tucson

If you are ready to discuss breast implant removal with a board certified plastic surgeon, we encourage you to call the office of Armando Alfaro in Tucson, AZ. Dr. Alfaro can answer your questions and discuss the details of this procedure. Call our office at 520-323-9720 to schedule a consultation.