Breast implant removal at UTMB Health

Breast Implant Removal

Breast implant removal surgery removes breast implants from patients who have had a breast augmentation or breast reconstruction.

Breast Implant Removal Surgery

There are several reasons patients may choose to have their breast implants removed. If scar tissue that formed after implant placement hardens, it may cause pain and discomfort, and the patient may wish to remove the implant and scar tissue. Additionally, breast implants are meant to be exchanged or removed at least every 10 to 15 years, and some patients opt for a removal at this time. It is also necessary to remove the implant if its outside shell breaks down, causing the silicone to leak and scar tissue to harden. ​

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why would I need/want this service?

​There are a wide variety of reasons a patient may choose to remove their breast implants. This procedure should be performed if you are experiencing capsular contracture (hardening of the breast) or pain from your implants, or if imaging has shown there is a leak in the capsule. A patient who no longer desires to have breast implants may opt for a removal. Candidates should be physically healthy, maintain a stable weight, and should not smoke. ​

What should I expect if I get this done?

The final results of breast implant removal surgery will depend on the size of the implants being removed and the amount and quality of the remaining breast tissue. The scar tissue that surrounded your implants also will be a factor in your overall outcome. Healing can take up to one year before your final results are achieved.

What should I expect before my procedure?

​A consultation with one of our surgeons will be the best way to determine what to expect from your breast implant removal. You will get to review before and after pictures of other patients with similar body types to get an idea of what your result may look like. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia and generally takes 1.5 to 3 hours.

What should I do after my procedure?

After surgery, you'll be wrapped in an elastic bandage or a surgical bra over gauze dressings. You will receive instructions to follow at home and prescriptions for medication, and schedule a follow-up appointment with your surgeon. You should expect to keep your support garments on per your surgeon’s instruction, and limit activity. You may experience acute pain for up to five days and will have residual swelling for a few weeks. Be sure to follow your surgeon’s instructions carefully.

Will I need a breast lift when I have my implants removed?

This will depend on the size of the implant being removed and the amount of loose skin that will result from the procedure. Your surgeon will be able to discuss this option with you to determine if a breast lift will help you achieve your desired look following implant removal. These procedures may be performed at the same time.

How will I know if I need an implant removal?

You should have your breast implants examined every few years, including an MRI, which will detect leaks. If you are experiencing any unusual pain or illness, or notice any concerning changes in the appearance of your implants, you should consult your doctor.

Can this be combined with other procedures?

Yes! Common surgeries combined with a breast procedure include tummy tuck or liposuction. Other body contouring procedures can be done at the same time. Schedule a consult with one of our surgeons to determine what is the best approach for you.

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Breast Implant removal at UTMB Health

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The UTMB Health team at Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics is here to help you fulfill your dreams. Our board-certified/board-eligible surgeons have extensive training and experience in each of their respective specialties. Our dermatologists are leaders in their field, employing the newest and best techniques and tools. Together, the team can address any concerns you may have with your appearance and work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan based upon your unique physical features, skin, age, and personal goals.

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