Breast Implant Removal

Thinking of having a breast implant removal procedure? There are several reasons why you may wish to remove old implants. It could be that you now want a more natural look.

Breast augmentation surgery is considered one of the safest cosmetic surgery procedures, and it can produce natural-looking results. Mr Horlock carries out breast augmentation using implants by Johnson and Johnson, as well as Allergan. Both are superior quality brands renowned for their safety.

The average lifespan of breast implants is 10 to 15 years, although some women do not require them changing at this point. Some women decide to have their implants removed completely, but there are a number of options at this point.

So, what is breast implant removal? Is it a good option? And what other options are there? Below, you’ll discover answers to some common questions.

What is breast implant removal?

Breast implant removal is a surgical procedure which removes your implants without replacing them. It takes up to two hours to complete, and patients are placed under general anaesthetic.

During surgery an incision is made in the same place as the original incision. This helps to keep scarring to a minimum. The implants will be removed before the area is stitched back up. To aid in healing and prevent infection, a dressing will be placed over the wound.

In most cases, an additional surgery is required to help reshape the breasts. It is common to undergo an implant removal alongside a breast lift procedure. If additional volume is required, fat transfer is often a good option. This involves taking fat cells from a different area of the body and inserting them into the breast.

Ideal candidates are those who are healthy, and who don’t want their implants anymore. It could be that you have experienced complications, or the implants are coming towards the end of their life.

What kind of results can I expect?

The results of the procedure will depend upon a number of factors. How much breast tissue is left and the size of the implants will make a big difference. It is important to realise that you might not see full results until a year after the procedure. Mr Horlock will be able to give you the best idea of the type of results you can expect.

What can I expect from the recovery?

The majority of patients return home the same day after a breast implant removal. Sitting upright will help to reduce swelling, and you should rest for around two weeks after the procedure.

Expect to return to normal activities within four to six weeks. While you recover, try and wear loose clothing to keep you comfortable.

Are there any risks of breast implant removal?

Like any procedure, there are some risks and complications you should be aware of. Pain and swelling are common for a few days after the surgery. There is also a risk of infection, oozing wounds, and any scarring may become more prominent. Talk to the surgeon to determine your individual risk factors.

The above are some of the most commonly asked questions about the breast implant removal procedure. Book a consultation with Mr Horlock to determine whether a breast implant removal is a good option for you.