A breast explant procedure involves removal of breast implants while maintaining a natural body profile. It is major surgery, and typically more complex than the original placement. That is because scar tissue forms after most surgical procedures.
The experienced plastic surgeons of Graper Harper Cosmetic Surgery have performed hundreds of breast explant surgeries for patients in Charlotte and throughout North Carolina, and are ready to help you achieve your aesthetic or medically necessary goals with precise implant removal.
When implants are removed, the pocket that held the implant must be refilled with natural tissue to restore an attractive profile. The technique used is similar to breast lift. When large implants are removed, the skin may have a stretched look; in addition, the breasts may appear to sag or have a deflated appearance.
Dr. Robert Graper and Dr. Garret Harper are skilled in reshaping and lifting your breast tissue to ensure your look is as natural as before your initial surgery.
Breast explant patients may choose removal only, or opt for a different type of implant. Some women decide that saline implants feel less natural than they expected, and swap saline for a silicone gel variety. Other women may have health or safety concerns about silicone gel implants, and choose saline for replacement breast implants.
If you choose smaller implants, the area surrounding the new implant will need to be tightened, and skin may need to be lifted. An increase in breast size will require the surgical creation of a larger pocket to accommodate the bigger implant.
There are many reasons women choose breast explant surgery. Sometimes it is a matter of preference: a patient simply does not like the look or feel of implants, or the goals she was hoping to achieve were not met. Occasionally patients have health conditions, such as autoimmune diseases, that may be aggravated by the presence of implants. Implants may have drifted or begun to affect the texture of the skin.
In some cases a condition such as capsular contracture develops. This happens when scar tissue forms around an implant. Patients feel pain and notice a hardening of breast tissue. Scarring from capsular contracture can actually cause an implant to rupture.
If your explant surgery involved the removal of scar tissue, you may feel some discomfort, which will be managed with prescribed medication. Beyond that, your recovery will be very similar to that of your initial surgery. You will again experience soreness and swelling, and will need to limit activities for several days. It will actually take several months for the swelling to disappear.
If you would like to learn more about breast explant surgery, schedule your personal consultation with experienced Charlotte plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Graper or Dr. Garret Harper by contacting Graper Harper Cosmetic Surgery today.