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Restore Your Natural Breast Shape & Size

Breast implant removal is a surgical procedure aimed at reversing or addressing the effects of previous breast augmentation. It involves the careful extraction of breast implants, along with any surrounding scar tissue (capsules), to restore the breasts to their pre-augmentation state. This procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia and can vary in complexity depending on factors such as implant type, size, and the presence of any complications.

During the procedure, the surgeon makes an incision along the previous scar or in a new location to access the implant. The implant is carefully removed, and the surrounding capsule may also be excised if necessary. Once the implants and any associated tissue are removed, the incisions are closed with sutures, and the patient is monitored postoperatively to ensure proper healing. Breast implant removal can address implant-related complications or discomfort associated with implants and ultimately restore confidence.

patient during exam for breast augmentation in Washington, DC

Possible Reasons for Breast Implant Removal:

  • Implant rupture or leakage
  • Capsular contracture (hardening of scar tissue around the implant)
  • Implant displacement or malposition
  • Dissatisfaction with the appearance or size of implants
  • Changes in aesthetic preferences over time
  • Persistent pain or discomfort related to implants
  • Development of complications such as infection or implant-related illness
  • Desire to return to a more natural breast appearance
  • Concerns about long-term health effects of implants
  • Lifestyle changes or life events prompting a desire for removal

What Happens During the Breast Implant Removal Consultation?

During the breast implant removal consultation, Drs. Patrick and Hannan will carefully assess your individual needs and concerns. They will discuss your reasons for considering implant removal and evaluate your overall health history to ensure you are a suitable candidate for the procedure. They will also inquire about your expectations and desired outcomes.

During the consultation, Dr. Patrick and Dr. Hannan will conduct a physical examination of your breasts, assessing the current condition of the implants, the integrity of the surrounding tissue, and any signs of complications such as capsular contracture or implant rupture. They may also discuss alternative options, such as implant replacement or breast lift surgery, depending on your goals. This consultation serves as an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have about the procedure and to curate a treatment plan that ensures optimal results.

You Might Be A Candidate If…

  • You are experiencing discomfort or pain due to your breast implants.
  • You are dissatisfied with the appearance or size of your breast implants.
  • You have experienced complications such as implant rupture or capsular contracture.
  • You want to return to a more natural breast appearance.
  • You have realistic expectations about the outcome of the procedure.
  • You are in good overall health.
  • You do not have any medical conditions that would pose a risk during surgery.
  • You understand the potential risks and limitations of breast implant removal surgery.
  • You are committed to following postoperative care instructions and attending follow-ups.

Your Options After Breast Implant Removal

Breast Implant Replacement
You may choose to undergo breast implant replacement to restore the volume and shape of your breasts. This involves replacing the removed implants with new ones, which can be of a similar or different size and type. Breast implant replacement allows you to address concerns about breast volume while maintaining or adjusting the aesthetic outcome. Please discuss your goals with your plastic surgeon to ensure the new implants align with your desired results.

Breast Fat Grafting
Another option after breast implant removal is breast fat grafting, also known as autologous fat transfer. This procedure involves using liposuction to harvest fat from areas of excess on your body, such as the abdomen or thighs, and injecting it into the breasts to enhance volume and shape. Breast fat grafting offers a natural alternative to implants, utilizing your body’s own tissue. It can provide subtle augmentation while addressing concerns about breast size.

Breast Lift & No Implants
After breast implant removal, you may opt for a breast lift to address changes in breast shape and sagging that can occur once the implants are removed. A breast lift, or mastopexy, involves reshaping the breast tissue and repositioning the nipples to achieve a more youthful and uplifted appearance. Since breast implants can stretch the skin and tissues over time, their removal may leave the breasts with excess skin, making a breast lift necessary to restore a firm contour.

patient during consult for breast augmentation in Washington, DC

What Is Recovery from Breast Implant Removal Like?

Recovery from breast implant removal involves a period of rest and healing to ensure optimal results. Immediately after surgery, you may experience side effects such as swelling, bruising, and discomfort, which can be managed with prescribed pain medication and wearing a supportive garment. The initial recovery process typically involves avoiding strenuous activities and lifting heavy objects for several weeks to allow your body to heal properly.

Over time, you can gradually resume light activities, but it’s essential to follow your plastic surgeon’s instructions to avoid complications. Depending on the complexity of your procedure, downtime may vary, but most individuals can return to work and daily activities within 1-2 weeks. Additionally, your surgeon will provide aftercare guidelines, which may include wearing a compression garment, attending follow-ups, and avoiding smoking or certain medications that can interfere with healing.

Inspiring Confidence With Natural Results

Washington Women Plastic Surgery is your premier destination for breast implant removal, led by the expertise of board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Patrick and Dr. Hannan. Our approach ensures you benefit from the combined skills and experience of two accomplished surgeons, resulting in efficient procedures and exceptional outcomes. With a focus on patient-centered care, we prioritize your safety, comfort, and aesthetic goals through every step of your journey. Reclaim your natural beauty by contacting us to schedule your consultation.

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