There are several reasons for breast implant removal, the most common reasons are:
Lately, data is being collected to determine whether or not there is a link between a rare cancer of the immune system called anaplastic large-cell lymphoma and breast implants, particularly implants that have a textured surface.
You may choose to remove your Breast Implants due to Rupturing, Rippling, Capsular Contracture, Double Bubble, or simply because you no longer like the look or size of your breast enhancement
Breast implant removal is an appropriate option as long as it is what you really want and the surgery can be performed safely. If you want to have your breast implants removed, be sure to choose a specialist plastic surgeon who is an expert in breast implant removal procedure.
You may be a good candidate for breast implant removal if:
Post-operative discomfort is typically within the first 24-48 hours, then gradually improves with time. By the end of the first 2 weeks, you would probably start to feel almost normal and can resume full activities by 4-6 weeks post-op. If you have had ‘en bloc capsulectomy’ or your breast implants removed due to capsular contracture, there will be more discomfort and the recovery time will be longer.
After your breast implant removal surgery, you will have gauze dressings, bandages and you may also have drains.
Drains are small, thin tubes temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or serous fluid that may collect.
There are times that a compression garment or support bra may be used to minimize swelling following surgery.
You will be given specific instructions that may include:
Healing will continue for several weeks as swelling decreases. Healing will continue for several weeks as swelling decreases. The scars will fade, however, they will not disappear completely. It is important to regularly attend your scheduled post-operative follow-up visits.
When a Specialized Plastic Surgeon performs breast implant removal surgery, the complications and risks will be minimal. It is important to note that risks and complications can include:
Dr Turner will explain in detail the risks associated with surgery. The possible risks of breast implant removal surgery include, but are not limited to:
During your consultation, Dr Turner will discuss your goals, and provide an in-depth explanation of your desired surgery and what that means for you. He can also discuss different surgical techniques, benefits, and risks of procedures available.
Most importantly, however, this is the time for you to have all of your questions answered and to be completely listened to and understood by your surgeon. We ask that you please come prepared with any questions you may have for Dr Turner, and look forward to discussing your individualised plan.
Ensure you have done your research, both on your desired surgery, as well as your surgeon.
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The capsule is a layer of scar tissue, blood vessels, and connective tissue, that form around (foreign bodies) Implants due to stimulation of the body’s immune response.
This capsule is normally flexible, soft, and goes unnoticeable. But, sometimes it becomes hard and painful, which is an uncomfortable condition known as ‘capsular contracture’.
There are four grades of capsular contracture
When removing ruptured silicone implants en bloc capsulectomy is sometimes necessary.
A total capsulectomy ‘en bloc capsulectomy’ is removing all of the capsule and implant as one single piece (en bloc means “all together”) to minimize exposure of the body to the loose silicone. A complete capsulectomy is a time-consuming and diligent procedure.
The capsule may include fragments of silicone, bacteria, inflammatory cells or it may be hard and calcified. This can form a biofilm where bacteria and other organisms are embedded. Sometimes women worry that the capsule may cause problems if left in the body and they prefer to have it removed.
Typically, the breast implants and capsules can be removed through the same incision that was used for implant placement, which minimizes new scarring. Most breast augmentation surgeries will use one of two incision sites, an inframammary incision (just under the breast) or a periareolar incision (around the bottom of the areola).
Breast implant-associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma, or BIA-ALCL, is a rare disease that may occur in patients with breast implants, especially textured breast implants. It typically presents as a swelling usually only on one side of the breast and often occurs many years after the breast implants were placed.
When patients undergo imaging examination, fluid is seen in the breast and this may be sampled and the fluid sent for analysis. Treatment for Bia-ALCL is a total (en bloc) capsulectomy and sometimes chemotherapy may be needed. This is usually performed by a multidisciplinary team including a plastic surgeon, surgical oncologist, and medical oncologist.
Due to the natural ageing process and the effects of gravity. Facial ageing will unfortunately continue. With that being said, your face will always look younger than it did if you had never had a facelift done. Overall, this procedure tends to reset the clock, leading to a 10+ year advantage over individuals of the same age. If, over time, you would like an additional facelift, it is generally not as comprehensive as the initial surgery.
Some women with silicone implants have experienced nonspecific immunologic symptoms, obviously without explanation. Recently, two new hypotheses came out as potential explanations for these symptoms:
In Autoimmune Syndrome Induced by Adjuvants (ASIA), silicone is stimulating the immune system and is causing symptoms such as fatigue, joint or muscle pain, memory loss, or other symptoms. Diagnostic criteria include some combination of exposure to silicone before the onset of clinical symptoms and improvement with silicone removal.
Some women who undergo breast augmentation can successfully breastfeed and some cannot. At this time, it is not known if a small amount of silicone may pass through from the breast implant silicone shell into breast milk during breastfeeding. Studies did not indicate higher levels in breast milk from women with silicone implants when compared to women without implants.
In addition, concerns have been raised regarding potential damaging effects on children born to mothers with implants. Two studies in humans have found no increased risk of birth defects in children born to mothers who have had breast implant surgery.