Breast Implant Removal Can Result in a Flattering, Natural-looking Shape

Close-up of a breast implant.

The majority of women who undergo breast augmentation remain satisfied with their enhanced figure for years. However, sometimes women choose to undergo implant removal. When a skilled surgeon performs this procedure, it can produce attractive, natural-looking results. Dr. Roger Oldham excels in performing breast implant removal at his Bethesda, MD, practice, helping patients look as if implants were never placed. To learn more about how Dr. Oldham can help you look your best following breast implant removal, schedule your consultation today.

Reasons for Implant Removal

The decision to remove breast implants is a personal one. Some of the most common reasons women choose to remove their implants include:

  • Breast Implant Size: Some women may feel that their breast implants are too large, and want to return to their natural proportions. Other women may feel that their implants are not big enough, and want a fuller look by replacing their implants with a larger size.
  • Breast Sagging: Over time, breasts may sag due to gravity and the natural aging process. Some women choose to restore their perkier figure by undergoing a breast lift. Other women instead have their implants removed to address drooping.
  • Capsular Contracture: When scar tissue surrounding the implant contracts, the breast can become hard, creating an unnatural look. This condition, called capsular contracture, can become painful. Surgical removal of the compromised implant is the only way to correct the effects of capsular contracture.
  • Double Bubble Deformities: In rare instances, a breast implant will not settle forward into the breast following surgery. Instead, the implant drops behind the natural crease of the breast. When descending in this way, the implant creates a bulge along the bottom of the breast. Surgery, including removing or replacing the implants, is the only way to effectively correct this condition.

Who Is a Candidate for Implant Removal?

Healthy women who are dissatisfied with their breast implants are generally good candidates for breast implant removal. Before performing the procedure, Dr. Oldham will perform a full physical examination, carefully evaluating information such as your medical history, when the initial breast augmentation was performed, and any complications that occurred during your initial procedure.

If it is determined you are a good candidate for implant removal surgery, Dr. Oldham will evaluate your cosmetic goals in order to provide you with optimal results. Patients who have realistic goals and expectations going into breast implant removal are more likely to feel satisfied after surgery.

How to Prepare for Surgery

Once candidacy is determined and a personalized treatment plan is established, Dr. Oldham will explain the procedure in detail so you know what to expect going into surgery, as well as the results you can expect to achieve. He will take the time to address any of your concerns to give you peace of mind.

Dr. Oldham has a great deal of experience with implant removal surgery and can remove your breast implants in a way that provides a quick and comfortable recovery, as well as flattering, natural-looking results.

We will provide you with a list of pre-surgical instructions to help you adequately prepare for breast implant removal. Instructions may include:

  • Medications and supplements to avoid before surgery, such as ibuprofen, aspirin, blood thinners, and Vitamin E.
  • What to wear/not to wear to the surgery and after surgery. Wearing clothes that can be easily removed and do not require the lifting of your arms above your head will prevent complications.
  • Fill prescribed medications to help you achieve a smooth recovery.
  • Arrange to have a friend or family member drive you to and from the procedure.

What to Expect during Surgery

During a breast implant removal procedure, small incisions will be made, usually along the crease of the breasts. The incisions are usually made in the exact location of your initial surgery to avoid additional scarring. The implant may first be deflated, in the case of saline implants, and subsequently removed through these incisions.

Patients will be under general anesthesia during breast implant removal, and the procedure typically takes one to two hours. However, if you are replacing your implants or are undergoing a breast lift, your surgery can take longer. Patients are typically discharged the same day, and recover at home wearing special compression garments. 

Your Road to Recovery

After surgery, it is not uncommon to feel tired and sore for the first few days. Taking your medications as prescribed and wearing your compression garment will help minimize discomfort. You will be given a full list of postsurgical instructions. Following these and keeping the surgical site clean will reduce your risk for complications, as well as help you achieve a smooth recovery.

We encourage our patients to rest as much as possible during the first few days, and to keep their upper torso elevated to reduce swelling. Most patients are able to walk around and resume light daily activity within the first week. If you feel up to it, you can return to work, unless your job requires vigorous activity. Heavy lifting and strenuous exercise should be avoided for at least three weeks, or until released by Dr. Oldham.

Although each patient responds to surgery differently, most can expect to feel normal again in less than two weeks. By this time, soreness, tightness, and swelling in the chest will have subsided. Patients should attend all follow-up appointments as directed, allowing Dr. Oldham to monitor your recovery, treatment site, and any signs of infection.

Schedule Your Personal Consultation

Dr. Roger Oldham has a great deal of experience with implant removal surgery and can remove your breast implants in a way that provides a quick and comfortable recovery, as well as flattering, natural-looking results. Our staff will work closely with you so that you understand what to expect in terms of surgery type, recovery, and overall cost. The cost of your procedure will depend on a variety of factors, including the type of technique used. Contact our practice today to schedule your breast implant removal consultation.

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