Breast Implant Removal (Explant Surgery), Capsulectomy and Other Adjunctive Procedures post Explantation
Breast augmentation has been a popular cosmetic procedure for many years, but some patients may choose to remove their breast implants or undergo surgeries to alter the shape or size of their breasts. LEA Plastic Surgery is proud to offer a comprehensive range of breast implant removal, capsulectomy, and concurrent adjunctive procedures, such as breast lift and breast fat transfer, to meet the unique needs and desires of our patients. In this page, we will outline these procedures and discuss how they can help you achieve the aesthetic results you desire.
Breast Implant Removal
Breast implant removal, also known as explantation, is a surgical procedure to remove breast implants (silicone/saline) that have been placed during breast augmentation. There are several reasons a patient may choose to have their breast implants removed, including:
- Personal preference: Some women may change their minds about their desired breast size or shape and opt to remove their implants.
- Complications: Issues such as implant rupture, deflation or malposition can require implant removal.
- Capsular contracture: This occurs when the scar tissue around the implant hardens and tightens, leading to discomfort and an unnatural appearance.
- Breast implant illness (BII): a term used to describe a constellation of symptoms experienced by some individuals following breast augmentation surgery using silicone or saline implants. These symptoms can range from fatigue, joint pain, and brain fog to skin rashes and autoimmune-like reactions. Although BII is not officially recognized as a medical diagnosis, a growing number of patients and healthcare professionals are acknowledging its existence. The exact cause of BII is not yet fully understood, but it is thought to be related to a combination of factors, including the body’s response to foreign material, genetic predisposition, and potential leakage or rupture of the implants. Patients with suspected BII may elect to have their breast implants surgically removed.
Capsulectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the scar tissue capsule that forms around a breast implant. This procedure is often performed in conjunction with breast implant removal, especially in cases of capsular contracture. The capsule is carefully removed to ensure the breast tissue remains intact and to minimize complications.
A breast lift, or mastopexy, is an adjunctive procedure that can be performed after breast implant removal or capsulectomy to help restore the breast’s natural shape and position. This procedure involves removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to achieve a more youthful and lifted appearance. It can be particularly beneficial for patients who have experienced sagging or drooping of the breasts as a result of aging, pregnancy, or weight fluctuations.
Breast Fat Transfer
Breast fat transfer, also known as autologous fat grafting, is another adjunctive procedure that can be performed following breast implant removal or capsulectomy. This procedure involves harvesting fat from other areas of the patient’s body, such as the abdomen or thighs, and then carefully injecting it into the breasts to restore volume and shape. This technique offers a more natural alternative to traditional breast implants and can help patients achieve a more balanced and symmetrical appearance.
Dr Goretti Taghva and her team are committed to helping you achieve your desired aesthetic outcomes while prioritizing your safety and comfort. Whether you are considering breast implant removal, capsulectomy, or adjunctive procedures like breast lift or fat transfer, we will work closely with you to create a personalized treatment plan tailored to your unique needs and goals. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and begin your journey towards renewed confidence and well-being.