After breast augmentation, certain women may find they no longer want their breast implants after a period of time. This may be due to a surgical complication (an implant rupture, for example), health concern, or simply as an aesthetic choice. No matter the reason, breast implant removal surgery is the plastic surgery procedure that removes various types of breast implants — possibly replacing them or not, based on the patient’s health and personal wishes.
If you have recently undergone breast implant removal or are considering this surgery, it is critical that you understand the importance of the recovery process. During your breast implant removal recovery time, you may experience swelling, bruising, discomfort, and fatigue.
Learning how to manage these symptoms and ensure your safety and optimal results is key. Here are some tips for this crucial stage of breast implant removal recovery.
Breast Implant Removal Recovery Tips
1. Follow Dr. Sieber’s Post-Op Instructions
Trust Dr. Sieber’s expertise and adhere strictly to his post-operative instructions. These breast implant removal surgery guidelines are tailored to your specific situation and will play a vital role in a successful recovery.
2. Stay Hydrated and Eat Nutrient-Rich Foods
Proper hydration and a balanced diet will promote faster healing after removing breast implants. Ensure you eat foods that are rich in vitamins, minerals, and protein to support tissue repair.
3. Rest and Listen to Your Body
Once you’ve had your breast implants removed, resting and getting plenty of sleep will be vital. Rest is your body’s way of healing. Pay attention to fatigue and take naps or breaks as needed. Avoid strenuous activities during the initial recovery phase.
4. Manage Pain with Prescribed Medication
Effective pain management is crucial for a comfortable recovery. If you are experiencing pain, Dr. Sieber may prescribe pain medication to help ease your discomfort. Be sure to take these medications as directed.
5. Slowly Ease Into Gentle Range-of-Motion Exercises
Procedures like implant removal or breast lift surgery usually require a period of time wherein you shouldn’t move your upper body too much (light walking is okay and encouraged). However, after a while, you may engage in gentle range-of-motion exercises (as recommended by Dr. Sieber). This can prevent stiffness and improve circulation.
6. Use Compression Garments as Directed
A compression garment can help reduce swelling and provide support after we remove breast implants. Wear your garment as instructed by Dr. Sieber.
7. Attend Follow-Up Appointments
Stay on track with your recovery by attending all scheduled follow-up appointments. These visits allow Dr. Sieber to monitor your progress and address any concerns.
8. Stay Positive and Patient
Recovery can be a journey with ups and downs. Stay positive and patient throughout the process, and remember that improvement takes time.
9. Avoid Smoking and Alcohol
Smoking and excessive alcohol consumption can impede the healing process. It’s best to abstain from these substances during your recovery.
10. Care for Your Incisions for Optimal Scarring
Follow Dr. Sieber’s guidance on incision and scar care. Silicone sheets or gel can help soften and flatten scars. Also stay out of the sun, and do not put too much strain on your incision sites.
11. Focus on Emotional Support and Self-Care
Seek emotional support from loved ones and consider self-care practices like meditation and mindfulness to address the emotional aspects of recovery.
12. Gradually Return to Activities
As you progress in your recovery, gradually reintroduce light activities, following Dr. Sieber’s advice. Avoid high-impact exercises until you are cleared. Easing into movement is what is most important.
13. Monitor for Any Complications
Keep an eye out for any signs of infection, excessive bleeding, or other unusual symptoms. If you have concerns, contact our office right away.
FAQ: Breast Implant Removal Recovery
Is breast implant removal and replacement recovery different from removal only recovery?
Yes, if you opt to have your implants replaced with new implants, the procedure required will be longer and more involved. This will usually mean a longer recovery and varied symptoms. Your board certified plastic surgeon will outline what you should expect during your consultation appointment.
How long is the recovery time for breast implant removal?
Usually several weeks. Recovery times for plastic surgery procedures differ greatly based on the unique situation of each patient. For most breast implant removal procedures, the most critical recovery period will last anywhere from one to four weeks.
What does breast implant removal cost?
This depends on many factors: the reason for surgery, the extent of surgery (whether much scar tissue must be removed along with implants, for example), and whether you plan to have additional procedures (a breast lift or your implants replaced with breast implant revision, etc). It also depends on your surgeon, their geographical location, anesthesia choices, and other factors.
Is breast surgery to remove implants an outpatient procedure?
Yes, breast implant removal surgery is usually an outpatient plastic surgery. This means you can usually leave on the same day as your breast implant removal surgery.
Book a Consultation with Dr. Sieber Today
What’s the next step toward getting your breast implants removed after breast augmentation? Booking a consultation appointment with double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Sieber.
During your consultation, you will discuss your medical history, look at breast implant removal before and after photos, and make plans for your recovery. Be sure to bring a copy of any medications you are taking and a list of any questions or concerns you may have.
We look forward to meeting with you to discuss breast implant removal surgery. Contact us today to set up your consultation appointment with Dr. Sieber.