Breast Implant Removal & Replacement
Surgery is performed under general anaesthesia and usually takes one to two hours, performed as day surgery.
The three most common surgical techniques include:
Removal with Capsulectomy
Incisions will be made in the same place as where the breast implant surgery was performed. Part or full section of the capsule surrounding the implants will be removed and sent for a histopathological exam.
Removal and Replacement with Capsulectomy
As above with insertion of a new set of implants. Usually, the patient requests higher projecting and slightly larger implants
Removal with Breast Lift
Some patients require a breast lift when they have their implants removed or replaced with smaller ones. The surgery is designed to remove the excess skin and tighten the breast tissue to provide better support. The areolas are often re-sized to better fit the breasts new shape.
How soon can I go back to work and resume normal activities?
While recovery varies from person to person, it is usually smoother than the initial breast implant surgery. However, if you’ve had a breast lift after the implants have been removed, your breasts will feel tight and heavy for a few weeks.
Most women can return to work in five days and report experiencing minimal discomfort after the surgery. If you’ve had the implants removed due to capsular contracture, there will be more discomfort and the recovery time will be longer.
Scars typically heal very well and are often inconspicuous. It’s important to note they heal in stages with the process taking three to four months. While the scars will fade, they will never disappear entirely.
You will need to avoid lifting anything over five kilograms or exercising excessively for the first six weeks after your surgery. While you will usually be able to resume normal activity after six weeks, your breasts will take 3-6 months to settle into their new position.
When a highly trained and experienced Plastic Surgeon performs breast implant removal/replacement surgery, the complications and risks will be minimal. It is important to note that risks and complications can include:
- Breast sensation becoming less sensitive which may last up to six months.
- Development of thick, red, and painful scars which may last for a few years.
- Numbness of the breast area.
- Breast deformity or sagging of the breast area.
- Surgery can address a variety of concerns, such as capsular contracture, implant malfunction, and dissatisfaction with breast size. If a woman chooses not to replace the breast implants, a breast lift may be required to address the skin that has been stretched.
- With implants surgery, a revision or replacement surgery is usually required within 10-15 years.
- In some cases, the removal and replacement procedure needs to be performed in two stages. The first stage is the removal of the implants and capsulectomy. The second stage is the insertion of new implants and/or breast lift.
Thr cost for removal and replacement of breast implants is $6,990 – $9,900. This price includes surgeon and anaesthetist fees & 6 weeks follow up fees. This price assumes hospital cover with a private fund and that your operation attracts a medical item number. If fund cover does not apply in your situation, plan for further surgical costs of $2,900. If capsulectomy is required, budget for an additional $2,000. If applicable, you may get around $750 rebate back from Medicare.