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Breast Implant Removal in Buffalo, NY

Women may choose to remove their breast implants after breast augmentation surgery for a variety of reasons that include implant rupture, breast illness, or general unhappiness with the appearance of their implants. Women may choose to replace their implants with a different size or shape or resort back to their natural breast size.

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Breast Implant Removal

Benefits of Breast Implant Removal

  • Correct bothersome complications caused by breast augmentation
  • Remove or replace your implants to achieve your desired breast appearance
  • Eliminate the possibility of certain suspected health risks caused by breast implants such as breast implant illness

Reasons for Breast Implant Removal

Capsular Contracture

Women may be forced to remove their breast implants because of complications such as capsular contracture, which occurs when the natural scar tissue capsule thickens and constricts around the implants. This condition can not only be painful, but it can also make the appearance of your breasts unflattering.

Bottoming Out

Another bothersome complication that may arise after a breast augmentation surgery is when one or both breast implants slip below the inframammary crease (the fold line where the bottom of your breasts meet your chest). This condition is called bottoming out and happens when the implant has lost internal support from the tissue.

Correct Implant Appearance

Some women may be unhappy with their breast implant size or shape and want to have an implant exchange. It is also common for women to enjoy the results of their breast augmentation procedure for an extended time and then want to go back to their original breast size in the future.

Breast Implant Removal Techniques

En Bloc Capsulectomy

En Bloc, a French phrase meaning “as a whole,” is the most preferred and safest technique to use during a breast implant removal. This technique removes the breast implant and scar tissue in one piece, which eliminates the possibility of implant silicone particles being retained in your body.

En Bloc Capsulectomy Procedure

  • Incisions are made along the lower fold of the breast crease or around the areola
  • Breast implant and surrounding scar tissue are carefully removed as a whole if possible
  • Removing both pieces all together eliminates the possible causes of breast implant illness
  • Surgical dressings will be applied to the incision area to minimize swelling
  • Small drainage tubes may be placed under the skin to limit fluid accumulation

Capsulectomy and Other Options

Capsulectomy removes the breast implants and the scar tissue that has formed around the implants. This will make the breasts feel soft again.  Depending on your goals, some may choose to combine the en bloc technique with a breast lift or fat transfer to enhance the remaining breast tissue and reposition it. On occasion, a breast lift may be too risky to perform at the same time.

What to Expect During Breast Implant Removal Recovery

Immediately After

Immediately After

Surgical bandages or a compressive bra will be applied to your breasts to minimize the swelling and bruising. You may also need to have small drains temporarily placed under the breasts to drain any extra fluid that may accumulate. Dr. Koch will provide specific postoperative instructions for you to follow to ensure a smooth and speedy recovery.

Two to Three Weeks After

Two to Three Weeks After

Swelling, bruising, and any discomfort you may have felt right after the surgery usually has improved by this time. It is advised to wear comfortable sports bras that will help with the healing process and aid support. You will still need to be cautious and refrain from extensive exercises.

Eight Weeks After

Eight Weeks After

Most (if not all) of the pain should have subsided at this point and you should see the full results. It is important to schedule follow-up appointments with your plastic surgeon to ensure the recovery is progressing how it should.

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