Breast Implant Removal
This surgery can correct issues caused by previous operations such as capsular contracture (resulting in thickening or hardening around implants), implant malfunction or dissatisfaction with breast size. In addition, some women who have had successful breast implants in the past now want to make use of more modern innovations in technique and implant type. Revision or replacement surgery for breast implants is usually needed after 10-15 years. The procedure can be done in day surgery, taking between one and two hours with a general anaesthetic.
Three common surgical techniques:
Removal with Capsulectomy
To correct unsightly and/or painful capsular contracture, incisions are made in the same location as the original breast implant surgery. In this procedure, part or all of the capsule surrounding the implants is taken out and used for a histopathological exam.
Removal and Replacement with Capsulectomy
As above and with new implants placed, most often implants that sit higher on the chest or larger implants depending on the client request.
Removal with Breast Lift
After having implants removed or replaced with smaller ones, some women require a breast lift. This surgery removes excess skin and tightens breast tissue to create improved support. The areolas may be re-sized or re-shaped to suit the new breast shape.