Breast Implant Removal

Restore the Breasts YOU Love

Though breast augmentation surgery has some of the highest rates of patient satisfaction, breast implants aren’t for everyone. If you are experiencing dissatisfaction, discomfort, or complications with your breast implants, Dr. Buford can help. Breast implant removal, also known as explantation, is typically performed for these main reasons:

  • To address implant leakage or rupture
  • To combat capsular contracture
  • To adjust implant size through breast revision surgery
  • To help a patient who simply no longer wants to have implants

The first step in determining if breast implant removal is the right option for you is to consult with a board certified Plastic Surgeon such as Dr. Buford.

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What to Expect During Implant Removal Surgery

Breast implant removal surgery is usually a very straightforward procedure that is typically performed either under twilight anesthesia or using local anesthesia with IV sedation. Dr. Buford will begin by reopening the original incision made when the implant was placed, typically in the inframammary fold or around the edge of the areola (periareolar). Once the implant is carefully removed, Dr. Buford may need to excise part of the scar tissue that surrounds the implant (capsule). If this is unnecessary, he will leave the scar tissue behind, where it will deflate and collapse upon itself as your body heals. After the desired results have been achieved, your incisions will be sutured and covered with surgical dressing.  Drains are then placed to each pocket which generally remain for around 2-3 days following your surgery.  In addition, you will be asked to wrap your chest wall for about a week to allow for optimal compression of the tissue.

After your procedure, you should expect to take it easy at home for a couple days. Dr. Buford may prescribe pain medication to help manage any discomfort, and will give you specific aftercare instructions. After a few days, most patients are able to resume normal, non-strenuous activity.

What will my breasts look like after implant removal?

Every woman (and her breasts!) is different, so there is no standard answer. However, the majority of Dr. Buford’s patients who have had their implants removed are left with a pleasing breast shape. You may experience lost volume in the upper portion of the breast where the implant provided fullness, but unless your implants were very large or your tissue is lax, you will likely end up with a result you are very happy with.  In certain cases, a lift will be recommend to address this excess skin but we generally wait for at least 6 months for tissue settling before suggesting this procedure.

Contact us today to learn more about your options or schedule your consultation with Dr. Buford.