Women undergo breast implant removal for a variety of reasons — to resolve medical complications from breast surgeries, to fulfill a desire for aesthetic adjustments in breast shape and size, or simply because they are looking for a lifestyle change. No matter the reason, the team of Gainesville plastic surgeons at North Florida Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Center removes breast implants using only cutting-edge techniques to help patients achieve optimal results with as little pain as possible. Contact our office today to schedule an implant removal consultation.
Deciding to have implants removed is a personal decision driven by a need for a new look, complications from the implants, or medical concerns of the patient. Consult one of our plastic surgeons in Gainesville, FL, if you believe breast implant removal surgery is the best course of action.
As style and fashion trends continue to change, some patients may want to return to their original breast size and shape. Our bodies and lifestyles also change over time and natural breast tissue can grow in ways that change the position and shape of implants from breast augmentation. Some patients find these changes too drastic and choose to remove their implants.
There are also medical reasons for breast removal surgery. Capsular contracture occurs when the tissue around the implants is too tight, which can cause pain or discomfort and create unevenness between the breasts. Hardening of the breasts or pain may indicate that the implants need to be removed. While implant rupture is rare due to advanced implant technology, they do occasionally occur in older implants. If the implants rupture or leak, contact our plastic surgeons.
An increasing number of women with implants believe they have a disorder called breast implant illness due to symptoms such as fatigue, brain fog, joint pain, and other autoimmune-related symptoms following their implant surgery. Other reported symptoms include hair loss, sleeping problems, memory loss, depression, light sensitivity, rashes, headaches, and chest pain. Although the relationship between these symptoms and breast implants is still being investigated by the FDA, if patients believe they are suffering from breast implant illness, get in touch with our Gainesville dermatology office right away.
As with other cosmetic surgeries, breast implant removal is highly individualized. If patients have any personal or medical complications from their implants, they should consider the surgery. In addition to these factors, a patient is a good candidate for implant removal if any of the following factors apply:
Like any other surgery, there are risks patients should be aware of before deciding to undergo breast implant removal surgery. Contact North Florida Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Center before deciding if the procedure is right for you. Some of the risks include:
There are two main types of breast implants: silicone and saline and both types of implants come in a variety of sizes and textures. Utilizing top-of-the-line technology, Dr. Tyrone and Dr. Khairalla can remove any type of implant for the comfort and safety of all our patients during breast implant removal surgery.
The exact procedure for implant removal is different for each patient; our plastic surgeons will discuss the individual process in-depth with patients before proceeding. However, for the majority of patients, the removal procedure involves removing the implants and any excess breast tissue while tightening the remaining tissue. A plastic surgeon will also resize the areolas to fit the new breast size and close all the incisions with sutures, skin adhesives, or clips.
Overall, the breast implant removal recovery process takes at least three weeks. Following the procedure, patients are patched up with gauze dressings and bandages and may be given a drain. Patients could be given a compression garment as well to help minimize swelling after the procedure. The implant removal surgery will alter the shape and size of breasts, but if patients want additional procedures to further change them, such as a breast lift or breast reconstruction, the rest and recovery phase will take longer.