Breast Explant Surgery Techniques For The Philadelphia Area

Breast augmentation is a transformative procedure with a high satisfaction rate, but even if you care for implants well, they aren’t guaranteed—or intended—to last forever. Patients may choose to have breast implant removal at the Philadelphia area’s Chapin Aesthetics for any of several reasons, including a desire for an aesthetic change or to address a complication.

Breast implants are reliable, sturdy devices that can potentially last for decades. However, risk of rupture increases by one percent each year after a breast augmentation procedure, meaning that older implants have a higher risk of complications. Implants can be expected to easily last anywhere from 10 to 20 years, on average, but every patient has a different experience—and a range of factors, including lifestyle and implant type—can impact the longevity of results.

To explore options for breast implant removal in the Philadelphia area, contact Chapin Aesthetics in Doylestown today. Call 267.880.0810 or send a message online.

Am I A Candidate For Breast Implant Removal?

Patients who are in a good state of physical health, are at a stable weight, maintain realistic expectations, and are non-smokers may be eligible for breast implant removal. The surgery is customized based on the needs of each patient.

Patients may choose to have breast implant removal if they dislike the appearance or heaviness of their implants, if their implants are getting in the way of their lifestyle, if they’re experiencing discomfort or pain, if they’re experiencing tightening due to capsular contracture, if there has been shifting or movement of one of or both implants, or if they have found a rupture or a leak in their implants.

Breast Implant Removal Preparation

During the consultation for breast implant removal, Dr. Scott Chapin will discuss various details with you, including your surgical goals, your general health status, any medical conditions, allergies, and medical treatments you have had, current medications or supplements you are taking, and any previous surgeries you have had. He will also talk to you about your goals and preferences, discuss various options for breast implant removal, and help you decide what is best for you.

Patients who are having breast implant removal may need to have lab testing or a medical evaluation, as well as quit smoking and avoid taking blood thinners or other medications that increase bleeding—as necessary, of course—in preparation for the surgery.

Many people also choose to have a “preview deflation.” This is helpful for anyone who has had their implants for a long time and is unsure whether or not to replace them. It also helps the plastic surgeon to precisely determine whether or not a breast lift procedure will be necessary after the breast implant removal. This preview procedure is painless, can be performed in the office, and takes just 15 to 20 minutes.

What Happens During Breast Implant Removal?

Breast implant removal is typically performed with the patient under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. Once an incision site is chosen in an area—such as surrounding the areola or below the breast fold to allow access the current implant—the skin is cleaned to lower risk of infection and the surgical sites are prepared.

Various techniques are then used to remove the implant, as well as some or all of the breast capsule if necessary. Saline implants can very often be removed in the office setting through a small incision. Many patients choose this option due to the lower cost versus having them removed in an operating room.

If new implants are being inserted, Dr. Chapin will put them in the pocket via the same incisions, which will then be closed with sutures, adhesives, or tapes.

Breast Implant Removal Side Effects And Recovery

Dr. Chapin will provide at-home aftercare instructions for each patient before they leave after this breast surgery. He will advise you on what to expect during recovery after breast implant removal, caring for incision sites and drains, pain management, specific concerns to be aware of, when you’ll be able to safely resume activities, and other details.

Recovery is usually a few days at best, as the removal itself is not usually painful. Some patients will have soreness for a few weeks if the scar tissue (or capsule) is removed. If the breast implants are removed and new ones aren’t added, the breasts typically return to their pre-augmentation condition. If new implants were inserted, the recovery can be expected to progress in much the same way as the initial augmentation procedure.

More Breast Surgeries Available In The Philadelphia Area

Along with augmentation, which is performed for patients who want to increase the size of and alter the shape of their breasts, breast reduction surgeries are available for patients who want to reduce their breast size. Dr. Chapin also provides breast revision and breast reconstruction. Various types of breast surgeries can be combined to meet the goals of each patient.

Dr. Scott Chapin serves patients from Philadelphia, Bucks, and Montgomery counties. To learn more about a breast implant removal in the Philadelphia area or to schedule a complimentary cosmetic consultation in Doylestown, contact Chapin Aesthetics today by calling 267.880.0810 or sending a message online.

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