Breast Implant Removal Surgery: Overview, Prices, Advice

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Breast implant removal is a surgical procedure that removes existing breast implants from a patient's breasts. Replacement implants are not put back in. This procedure is often combined with a breast lift to provide the patient with an aesthetically pleasing, firm and perky result even without the implants.

What is breast implant removal surgery?

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Procedure time

1-3 hours

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Overnight stay

0-2 nights

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Anaesthetic

General anaesthetic or local anaesthetic with sedation.

Breast implant removal, also known as breast explant surgery, is a surgical procedure that removes existing breast implants from a patient’s breast. If you have breast implants and, for whatever reason, wish to have them removed, this may be the appropriate surgery for you.

Already know enough about breast implant removal surgery? Learn how to prepare for surgery or read up on the risks and complications

Why have breast implant removal surgery?

Aesthetic reasons

The aesthetics of your breast can change due to weight changes, pregnancy, or simply over time. If you are no longer content with the way your breasts look, breast implant removal procedures can:

  • Decrease or increase the size of your breasts
  • Improve any asymmetry
  • Improve the shape of your breasts

Aged Implants

Breast implants are designed to be long-lasting and safe.

However, if you had your initial breast implant surgery around 10-15 years ago, it is generally advised you have them removed or replaced.

Your Medbelle surgeon will examine your breasts during your consultation and, if they recommend a revision, you can choose to have the implants replaced or removed altogether.

Capsular Contracture

When breast implants are put in, your breast tissue forms a collagen-fibre ‘capsule’ around the implant: a normal part of the healing process.

The capsule may tighten. This can cause a change in shape or can lead to discomfort. Breast implant removal surgery is one way to restore the desired size and shape.

PIP Scandal

You may wish to have breast explant surgery due to health concerns.

This may be the case for those who have received PIP Implants. PIP implants contain an unapproved silicone gel and carry a higher risk of rupture.

If you have PIP implants, you may consider discussing the matter with your GP.


Other factors

  • Lateralisation
  • Double-bubble
  • Gravity effect
  • Implant rupture

If you have implants and are in any discomfort, you should seek medical advice from your GP. Symptoms that may indicate a problem with your implants include swelling or a lump around the breast; a change in the shape of the breast; redness, pain, or a burning sensation.

Do my breast implants have to be removed or replaced?

Simply put, every situation is different. There is no specific expiry date on breast implants but if they were put in many years ago you should consider removing or replacing them.

There are some cases where complications can occur and revision is necessary or advisable and, of course, there is always the possibility that you might wish to have this procedure due to aesthetic reasons.

Whatever you choose to do, this is your body. You and you alone should be comfortable with the decision you are making. It helps to be informed on the benefits of the procedure, the risks or alternatives to surgery, the ways to prepare and how to ensure a strong recovery. You should also think carefully about how you want your breasts to look after the procedure. That way, you can be ready to ask the right questions in your consultation with a Medbelle surgeon.

How much does breast implant removal surgery cost?

The average price of a breast implant removal procedure with Medbelle is £4,295.

At Medbelle, we believe in complete transparency regarding finances and therefore will never surprise you with hidden fees or extra charges.

After your free, no-obligation consultation with a Medbelle surgeon, you will receive a price quote for the surgery. Should you wish to proceed, this breast implant removal surgery price will be inclusive of all:

  • Hospital fees
  • Surgeon fees
  • Postoperative appointments
  • Medications prescribed by your surgeon

Does Medbelle offer breast implant removal surgery on finance?

Yes, Medbelle does offer finance for a breast implant removal procedure. Our financing options break the cost of your breast implant removal surgery into flexible monthly payments.

How is a breast implant removal procedure performed?

Consent:

Before breast explant surgery, your Medbelle surgeon needs to get your consent to do the procedure. It is important to ensure that you are fully aware of the risks and benefits of the operation, your Medbelle surgeon will explain these to you but you should ask and resolve any questions you may have before signing the consent form. You, and you alone, should be comfortable with the decision you are making.

Anaesthesia:

Before having an implant removal procedure, you will meet with an anaesthetist. Most breast implant removal procedures will be done under a general anaesthetic, which involves placing the patient into a dreamless sleep with medication.

Your anaesthetist will ask you questions about your health and medical history, your prior experience of general anaesthetic, and any allergies you may have. You should provide your anaesthetist with your personal information as accurately as possible to ensure your safety.

The Procedure:

  1. Your Medbelle surgeon will make incisions in the same place where the incisions were made in your previous procedure.
  2. Then the tissue will be divided to reach the implants.
  3. Your Medbelle surgeon will need to make incisions in the capsule. The capsule is a fibrous layer of scar tissue that forms around implants. This capsule formation is a normal process that occurs with breast implants.
  4. Once the implants are reached and identified, they are then removed from the breast along with the capsules.
  5. The skin is then brought together and sutured closed.

What are the limitations of a breast implant removal procedure?

Excess Skin in the cleavage area

As we age, excess skin can cause the breasts to appear to droop. Breast implant removal surgery will not fix this problem. If you are experiencing this you may wish to consider having a breast uplift to reshape your breasts

Nipple changes

Breast implant removal surgery will not treat any issues in the nipple-areola complex. If you are looking to alter the size or shape of your nipples or areola, your Medbelle surgeon may suggest a nipple reduction or nipple correction surgery instead.

Can breast implant removal surgery be combined with other surgical procedures?

Yes, this procedure may be done in combination with other surgical procedures, including capsulectomy and mastopexy, also known as a breast uplift. It can also be a part of a series of personalised procedures called a Mummy Makeover.

FAQs

What are some common breast implant removal FAQs?

It is important that you ask your surgeon any and all questions you have about your breast implant removal procedure. Common breast implant removal FAQs include the following:

How long should I wait before having a breast implant removal procedure?

It is common to be slightly dissatisfied with the results of implant surgery soon after the operation. This is because it takes time for the breast tissue to settle and the bruising and swelling to go down. Furthermore, it can take up to six months before you will be able to see the final results. As a result, it is suggested that you wait at least six months after having implant surgery before considering to have a revision for cosmetic reasons.

Is the incision site from my breast implant re-used for my implant removal?

Ideally, your surgeon will try to conceal any incisions and use the old ones from your previous operation. However, in some cases, they may have to make new incisions. Your surgeon will make every effort to ensure these are as small and discrete as possible. They will inform you where they plan to make their incisions before you have your operation.

Will a breast implant removal procedure cause more scarring?

Scarring is a complication that occurs following any surgical operation. It happens as part of the body’s natural healing process and is difficult to avoid. Your surgeon will try to reduce the amount of scarring from the revision procedure. As mentioned, they will try to use the old incisions rather than making new ones. However, the only way to completely avoid more scarring is not to have a revision operation.

Should my previous surgeon perform my breast implant removal?

This may be appropriate in some cases, as your surgeon will be familiar with your implants and will know how they performed the previous procedure. In some cases, however, it may not be possible or you may not want to use your old surgeon. When choosing a surgeon to perform your implant revision, make sure to use an experienced BAPRAS/BAAPS affiliated surgeon.

Should I be concerned about having PIP implants?

It is understandable to be worried if you have PIP implants. These were the implants that were made in France with an unapproved silicone gel which made the implants more prone to leakage and rupture. If you know that you have these implants we would advise you to speak to the clinic where you had the breast implant surgery done and to seek advice from your GP.

Although the implants are more prone to rupture they have not been found to be damaging to general health. Therefore, replacing the PIP implants is often a personal choice made alongside a healthcare professional. If you do choose to keep the implants you should make yourself aware of the symptoms of a rupture. Equally, it is advised that you have an annual check-up with a doctor to ensure you are not suffering from any complications.

Find out more about general surgical risks as well as specific breast implant removal complications.

Find out how best to prepare for the procedure and how to ensure a good recovery.

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