Breast implant removal or explantation is a cosmetic surgery procedure designed to extract the silicone or saline implants from your breast pocket to reverse the effects of breast augmentation. Breast implant removal can be a rather simple surgery in many cases, where your surgeon will place new incisions in the original scar lines in order to avoid any additional scarring.
However, implant you have suffered an implant rupture or capsular contracture, your breast implant removal surgery could be more complex. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Matthias Solomon provides safe and proven cosmetic and reconstructive procedures to patients in Dallas, Frisco, Sherman, Texas, and surrounding communities.
Surgical Planning for Implant Removal
The surgeon will evaluate your condition of implants and determine the cause of complication (rupture, capsular contracture or infection). Depending on the loss of skin elasticity in your breast tissue, your surgeon may recommend an additional breast lift plastic surgery along with implant removal to ensure that you have a firmer and youthful breast shape following the removal of implants.
In a few cases, fat transfer may be used to add natural looking fullness to your breasts following the implant removal. These additional procedures can usually be avoided if you choose breast implant replacement surgery. In this case, your surgeon will help you choose new implants of the most appropriate quality, size, shape and texture.
Surgical Procedure for Breast Implant Removal
Your surgeon may recommend the use of general anesthesia for your breast implant removal surgery. Following anesthesia, they will place incisions in the same location as your primary augmentation incisions to minimize scarring.
If you have chosen different sized implants for replacement, or the old incisions cannot be used for another reason, your surgeon will still place the new incisions in a discreet location. This could be beneath your breast fold or around the borders of the areola.
In case the old implants have ruptured or developed capsular contracture, your surgeon might decide to perform a total capsulectomy or a partial capsulectomy. These techniques involve the full or partial removal of the scar tissue (breast capsule) along with the implant. However, both the capsular tissue and the implant are removed individually through these techniques.
En Bloc Technique
If your breast capsule tissue is very thin or attached closely to the chest wall muscles, it may not be possible to perform an en bloc capsulectomy. But if this is not the case, your surgeon may decide to remove the implant and the breast capsule together as one unit.
In en bloc capsulectomy, your surgeon will leave the implant intact inside the breast capsule, and remove the entire capsule. The ideal behind this surgical technique is that the ruptured or damaged silicone implant can be removed without allowing the silicone gel to leak out. Therefore, this technique is often applied only where silicone implants are involved.
In any case, you should let your surgeon make the best medical decision about which technique is most appropriate for your implant removal or replacement. Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Matthias Solomon receives patients from Dallas, Frisco, Sherman, Texas, and nearby areas for surgical and non-surgical procedures for the breast, body, and face.
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