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What are the steps of a breast implant removal procedure?

What are the steps of a breast implant removal procedure?

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Breast implant removal is a cosmetic surgery procedure that helps reverse breast enhancement. It involves the removal of breast implants or modification of the size and shape of the implants.

Many women who undergo breast augmentation will eventually need another breast implant revision surgery. These procedures include the following:

  • Removal of the implants and replacement of these with new implants
  • Existing implant repositioning
  • Removal of breast implants without replacement

Board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Farah Naz Khan provides breast implant removal surgery to patients in Dallas, Texas, and surrounding locations.


Breast Implant Removal Candidates

Women commonly choose to have their breast implants removed for the following reasons:

  • Implant Complications: Implant rupture, deflation (if the implant contains saline), or folding are some complications associated with breast implants.
  • Personal Choice: Certain women may feel that their implants are not appropriately shaped or sized. Over time, the implants may have shifted into the wrong position due to weight gain, weight loss, or pregnancies.
  • Other Complications: Other complications related to breast implants include capsular contracture, tension bands asymmetry, leakage of silicone, displacement, and infection.


Procedure Steps during Breast Implant Removal Surgery

Breast implant removal cosmetic surgery may be performed using general anesthesia. The time taken to complete the procedure is typically between one to three hours. The patient may be able to return home on the day of the surgery itself, depending on their recovery.

The three most common breast implant removal techniques are as follows:


Breast Implant Removal Only

The surgeon will place the incisions in the same place as where the breast augmentation surgery was undertaken. In case the patient suffers from capsular contracture, they will remove the hardened capsules to expedite the healing process.


Breast Implant Removal with a Breast Lift

The plastic surgeon may undertake a breast lift simultaneously with the breast implant removal if the breast skin has been stretched or sagged. They will eliminate any excess breast skin and tighten the breast tissue for better support. Sometimes the surgeon may re-size the areolas as well to fit the new shape of the breasts better.



If the patient has saline breast implants, the surgeon may consider deflating them without a surgical procedure. This can take place in their office under local anesthesia. Depending on the outcomes of this procedure, the patient may require further surgery such as breast implant replacement or a breast lift procedure.


Post-Op Recovery

The recovery from breast implant surgery differs between patients. However, most breast surgeons concur that recovery following this surgery is typically smoother than the earlier breast augmentation procedure.

But patients who have received a breast lift after their breast implants have been taken out will experience heavy and tight breasts for a few weeks.

A majority of women are able to resume work in five days and report experiencing minimal discomfort following the procedure. Patients who have had breast implants removed because of capsular contracture will usually experience more discomfort and undergo a long recovery phase.  


Not 100%

Breast implant removal scars usually heal well and are often discreet. It is vital to understand that these scars heal in phases with the entire process taking between three to four months. The scars will fade over time but will never completely disappear.

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