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What are the risks of breast implant removal?

What are the risks of breast implant removal?

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For women who have suffered breast implant damage or those who experience a change in their personal preferences, breast implant revision cosmetic surgery is an effective solution.

This may involve breast implant removal or replacement. But like any other surgical procedures, breast implant removal surgery also has some associated risks of complications.

In general, breast implant removal surgery could be a more complex procedure than the primary breast augmentation procedure, particularly when it is combined with breast lift. Board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Farah Naz Khan provides breast implant removal to patients in Dallas, Texas, and surrounding communities.


Potential Surgical Complications

At the time of the pre-operative consultation, the breast surgeon will explain the potential risks and complications of the procedure to the patient. On their part, the patient should follow the surgeon’s pre and post-surgical instructions in a committed manner to minimize the risks. Breast implant removal surgery has the following associated risks:

  • Adverse reaction to anesthesia
  • Bacterial infection
  • Unwanted aesthetic outcomes
  • Bleeding
  • Undesirable scarring


Specific Risks associated with Breast Implant Removal

Breast implant removal by itself is a largely straightforward procedure. But it may sometimes have to be undertaken along with a breast lift cosmetic surgery for optimal results. A patient may experience the following rare but serious complications during or after an implant removal procedure:

  • Bleeding
  • Scarring
  • Sensation loss or altered sensation in the nipple area

The breasts will likely not appear the same as they did before the breast augmentation surgery. The patient might experience some breast deformity or sagginess, specifically if they had larger implants. A breast lift surgery in combination with a breast removal procedure can help create more appealing results in such cases.

Sometimes, the patient may feel that her natural breasts appear smaller after implant removal than what she remembers.

The reason for this occurrence could be hormonal changes or weight loss that occurred when the patient initially received breast implants. It is important for patients to have realistic expectations from the breast implant removal surgery for desirable results.


Risks associated with Breast Implant Replacement

Breast implant replacement surgery involves the same risks as those present at the time of the primary breast enlargement procedure. Although rare, the following complications are associated with a breast implant replacement procedure:

  • Shifting of the implant from its place
  • Implant rupture
  • Capsular contracture
  • Implant rippling
  • Change in sensation of the breast

A woman choosing larger implants for her breast revision surgery may experience more discomfort as her body will take time to adjust to the new implants. Furthermore, the surgery to place the bigger implants will be more complex and invasive.

In this procedure, the surgeon will create new breast pockets to hold the larger implants. They may have to change the placement position of the implants as well, which causes a slight increase in the risks associated with the procedure.

Importantly, any breast revisions surgery has some level of risk associated with it. Therefore, a patient should consider a replacement surgery only if she experiences a complication or wants to alter her breast size.

Board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Farah Naz Khan receives patients from Dallas, Texas, and nearby areas for breast implant removal or replacement surgery.


To schedule a consultation with Board Certified Dallas Plastic SurgeonDr. Farah Khan please call 469-437-5426 or click here to contact us.

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