A breast implant can last for years. Eventually, however, implants will need to be removed. Sometimes they are removed before their lifespan is up because the patient is just not happy with the way they look or feel, or they are nervous about health effects from the implant’s silicone shells. At David & Rossi Plastic Surgery in San Diego, we encourage you to learn more about breast implant removal.
Who is Breast Implant Removal For?
A woman is a good candidate for our San Diego breast implant removal if she is in good physical and psychological health, if she has realistic expectations of the surgery, doesn’t smoke, and no longer wants her breast implants for a variety of reasons.
During the consultation, the patient tells her doctor her goals when it comes to her breast implant removal surgery. The doctor takes a medical history, examines and photographs the patient’s beasts and recommends some options. They may also ask the patient to adjust or discontinue any medications that can interfere with her healing after the surgery and to stop smoking if she does. One thing that a plastic surgeon who does breast implant removal may ask of a patient is to provide pictures of what they want to look like as well as pictures of what they don’t want to look like after the surgery.
What is the Breast Implant Removal Surgery?
The surgeon makes an opening either around the areola or along what’s called the inframammary fold just beneath the breast. He then removes the implants and scar tissue, or breast capsules, and seals the openings. Some surgeons perform a breast lift after the implants are removed. A minimally invasive procedure simply drains the fluid from saline filled breast implants while the patient is under anesthesia. The full surgery usually lasts between one and three hours.
After the Surgery
After the operation, the doctor or surgical staff covers the surgical sites with gauze dressings and bandages, then removes the patient to a recovery area. The patient may also be fitted with a compression garment to keep down swelling, and drains are inserted to take away blood and other fluid. Before the patient leaves the medical facility, she is told how to take care of her surgical wounds, starts a course of pain relievers and antibiotics and is given a schedule for follow up appointments.
Call Us If You Want Breast Implant Removal
If you are no longer satisfied with your breast implants because they hurt, feel too heavy or you do not like their appearance, feel free to make an appointment with David & Rossi Plastic Surgery. At our convenient location in San Diego, our caring and dedicated team of professionals will be pleased to explain this option to you in full and answer any questions you may have about breast implant removal. Contact us today to set up your consultation – we look forward to speaking with you!