Removing Breast Implants
Whether concerned with the recent development on Breast Implant Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) associated with Allergan textured implants or wanting a lifestyle change, breast implant removal is an important and personal decision.
Also known as a breast implant explantation, or removal, this outpatient surgery can provide relief from dealing with large implants and complications resulting from an infection or leakage.
Breast Implant Removal Procedure
Breast implant removal or “explantation” is a surgical procedure to extract breast implants from previous breast augmentation or breast reconstruction surgery.
There are several techniques for taking out a breast implant and capsule. The first option involves making an incision in the same place as the original surgery. The second technique includes a breast lift to remove excess skin and tighten up breast tissue, and possibly resize your areolas.
At the end of your breast explant procedure, sutures or skin adhesives will be used to close the incisions.
Am I a Candidate for Breast Implant Removal?
Most women in good physical health wishing to have a breast implant removed for health or personal reasons is a good candidate for an Indianapolis breast implant removal. She should have a realistic expectations about the procedure and how it will impact her life.
A woman can consider a breast implant removal if she is concerned about developments such as Breast Implant Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL), experiencing pain from hardened scar tissue, or is ready for a lifestyle change.
A Message From Dr. Harper:
A note to my patients concerning BIA-ALCL:
The recent news regarding certain types of breast implants and their potential association with cancer is alarming, but unfortunately not surprising or as recent as one would think.
As far back as 2010, I remember hearing rumors of certain breast implants being associated with lymphoma. While I do not routinely practice medicine based on “rumors,” I believed the potential health risks to my patients required an over-abundance of caution. Therefore, despite pressure to do so, I have refused to use these implants. Accordingly, I have NEVER implanted any of the implants currently being potentially associated with Breast Implant Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL).
I am proud of my decision. I can honestly say to any of my patients that they are NOT at risk of BIA-ALCL due to these specific implants.
While there are always risks with breast augmentation, my patients can rest assured that the risk of lymphoma associated with these specific implants does not apply to them. Over the years, I have treated several patients from other surgeons who have requested their implants to be replaced or removed. Now, more than ever, I am committed to helping these patients in whatever capacity I can offer.
I encourage anyone who is concerned to call and schedule a consultation.
– Stanley Harper, M.D. July 2019
Breast Implant Removal Options
Board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Stanley Harper will explore all options with you regarding having your breast implants removed. Most patients opt for the breast implant removal procedure by itself paired with a breast lift.
BREAST IMPLANT REMOVAL ONLY: A straightforward breast implant removal is one of the most popular choices for having breast implants removed.
BREAST LIFT: This alternative allows women with saggy or ptotic breasts to get a breast lift or mastopexy to tighten the skin of the breast and also boost the breast off from her chest and upper abdomen. Also, the nipples are lifted to improve their overall appearance.
The cost of a breast explant surgery varies with each individual based on what is involved in the procedure. For example, will it be a simple breast implant removal? Or will there also be a breast lift?
Based on the recent recall on Allergan textured implants, you may qualify for replacement implants at a lower cost. The staff at SHarper Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery will help you navigate your cost structure. You want to get the best breast implant removal Indianapolis has to offer you and Dr. Harper offers years of experience as a breast removal implant surgeon.
It will be natural to feel some discomfort after your Indianapolis breast implant removal surgery. Expect to have some pain and swelling in your breast area as you recovery from your surgery. The swelling can take several weeks to subside.
Sutures are typically dissolvable and placed under the skin. To support your breasts, gauze dressings or bandages may be placed around them. A comfortable sports bra without underwire should also be used. This will help bring the swelling down.
When you can return back to work depends on you and how fast you recover. Most women take a week to ten days after their surgery. For at least six weeks, you will need to avoid strenuous exercises and activities.
The best way to get all of your questions answered about a breast implant removal is to contact SHarper Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery for a consultation with Dr. Stanley Harper. Fill out the form provided to get started.