Restore the Natural Appearance of Your Breasts With Breast Implant Removal in Austin

Breast augmentation is one of the world’s most requested aesthetic surgeries. Hundreds of thousands of women choose to get breast implants each year, and most are thrilled with the improved contour and fullness of their bust. However, some women who have breast implants later make the decision to have them removed. Even if you loved your results initially, you may feel that enhanced breasts are no longer right for you. Alternatively, you may have encountered a complication with your implants. In these situations, your best option may be breast implant removal surgery.

What Is Breast Implant Removal?

Breast implant removal, also known as explant surgery or explantation, is a surgical procedure in which breast implants are removed from the breast pocket. Depending on a patient’s reason for removal or desired postoperative outcome, the implants may be removed with or without the surrounding capsule of scar tissue. Many patients choose to combine implant removal with another breast procedure, such as fat grafting or a breast lift, to fine-tune their aesthetic results. It’s also common for patients to have their implants replaced with new ones of a different shape, size, and/or type.

Whether you have become unhappy with the look of your implants over time, you’re experiencing breast implant complications, or lifestyle changes have you rethinking your larger bust, breast implant removal may help you feel more comfortable in your own body. Our plastic surgeons have helped many women in Austin and the surrounding communities restore their breasts to their natural size with attractive, natural-looking results.

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Common Reasons for Breast Implant Removal

There are multiple reasons why a woman may choose to have her breast implants removed, including all of the following:

  • Unhappiness with the appearance of the implants
  • Desire to change the size and/or shape of the breast implants
  • Changes in body shape or proportions
  • Limited mobility and/or ability to participate in athletic activities
  • Preference for a more natural appearance
  • Chronic discomfort, such as neck pain, shoulder pain, back pain, or skin irritation
  • Breast implant complications, such as infection, capsular contracture, deflation, leakage, or rupture
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Who Is a Good Candidate for Breast Implant Removal?

Women who would like to have their breast implants removed for aesthetic, health, or comfort-related reasons could be good candidates for breast implant removal at Austin Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. Ideal candidates for the procedure should be in good physical health, not be currently pregnant or nursing, and be non-smokers. During your consultation with one of our experienced surgeons, they’ll evaluate your situation, health, and medical history to ensure that you’re a good candidate for the surgery.

What to Expect During Your Breast Implant Removal Procedure

Before you undergo breast implant removal surgery, you’ll need to sit down for a private consultation with one of our expert female plastic surgeons. She will examine your breast implants and ask you about why you’re looking to have them removed. She’ll also want to know about any complications you’ve experienced as well as your specific aesthetic goals going forward. Your surgeon will also discuss with you the possibility of combining your explant surgery with other procedures.

Your breast implant removal procedure will be performed using either general anesthesia or local anesthesia with IV sedation. Typically, the surgery will begin with small incisions made along the lower folds of the breasts. Your surgeon will then carefully remove the breast implants. Depending on the specifics of your treatment plan, they may also remove the scar tissue around the implants.

If you have chosen to have your breast implants replaced, then your new, customized implants will then be inserted and properly positioned. Finally, your surgeon will close the incisions with sutures and apply bandages. After your procedure, we will keep you at our facility for a couple of hours for monitoring; after that, a friend or family member can drive you home.

What Is the Recovery Like After Breast Implant Removal?

Most patients require around one to two weeks of rest after breast implant removal surgery before returning to their normal routines. You’ll experience some swelling, bruising, and soreness, and you may be instructed to wear a surgical support bra for a few weeks. After your procedure, you should also wait at least four to six weeks before participating in strenuous exercise.

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Why Choose Austin Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery for Breast Implant Removal in Austin?

At Austin Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, our all-female team of respected, award-winning plastic surgeons puts the safety, well-being, and satisfaction of their patients above all else. With extensive experience in breast-related procedures, our skilled cosmetic surgeons have consistently provided transformative, natural-looking results while ensuring that each individual receives fully personalized treatment. If you’re interested in learning more about what we offer or scheduling your private consultation, simply contact us at (512) 815-0123 today.

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Breast Implant Removal FAQ

How long does breast implant removal surgery take?

Will I have scars after breast implant removal?

When will the final results of my breast implant removal procedure be visible?

How long does breast implant removal surgery take?

Depending on the specifics of your surgery and whether you’re having it combined with another procedure, breast implant removal can take anywhere from one to three hours.

Will I have scars after breast implant removal?

During your procedure, your surgeon will take care to ensure that your incisions are as small and inconspicuous as possible. Additionally, with proper aftercare, any visible scarring should fade significantly over time.

When will the final results of my breast implant removal procedure be visible?

Immediately after your breast implant removal, your breasts may appear somewhat deflated, and there will be some visible swelling. However, after around three to four weeks, the swelling will subside, and your breast volume should be mostly restored.

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