Breast Implant Removal
San Francisco Breast Implant Removal
Whether for health, personal, or other reasons, some women just don’t want breast implants anymore. This could be due to implants which are too large, capsules which have formed around the implants, implants which have ruptured, or because you just want to get back to a less augmented look.
There are many options to restore the appearance of the breast based on your goals. Once the implants are removed, fat can be transferred to the breast to give a little more volume, a lift may be necessary to reposition and reshape the breast tissue. During the consultation, Dr. David Sieber will work with you to assess your tissue and desires to achieve a result you’re happy with.
Breast Implant Removal Improvements
Implant removal may improve:
- Breasts which are too large
- Capsules which have formed around the breasts
- Implants which have ruptured
Length: 1 hour
Side effects: bruising, swelling, numbness, hypersensitivity
Recovery: 3-7 days
Breast Implant Removal Technique
Dr. Sieber is typically able to use your previous incisions to remove your old implants. If you are having a breast lift or an additional procedure, Dr. Sieber will make marks for that part of the procedure on you as well in the preoperative area. After under anesthesia, your old incisions will be opened and your implants are removed. Dr. Sieber may need to insert a small drain to help remove any fluid which builds up after the surgery and to prevent any accumulation of fluid in your breast pocket.
Some patients desire to have the capsules around the implants removed at the same time. Dr. Sieber is able to perform total capsulectomies during the implant removal process.
Preparing for Implant Removal Surgery
As with any major surgery, all medications and supplements which cause an increased risk of bleeding should be stopped 2 weeks prior to surgery. Please see our list of medications and supplements to avoid. As always, make sure to check with your doctor before stopping any medications.
Recovery from Implant Removal Surgery
Swelling and bruising are common after surgery and will slowly resolve over the first 2-3 weeks. If you required drains, they typically remain in place for 3-7 days. They will be removed in the office once the output has dropped below an acceptable range. Most patients take 3 to 5 days off from work to recover after surgery.
After surgery, you will need to refrain from any rigorous activity for the first 2 weeks, and avoid lifting anything heavier than 10 lbs. After that point, you may gradually increase your activity level. Listen to your body and if it feels like you are overdoing it, then scale your activity back some.
Q: Will my breasts go back to the same size they were prior to my breast augmentation?
A: This depends on a number of factors, mostly the size of the implants you had as well as how long you had them. Larger implants which have been in for a long time are more likely to leave you with excess skin which may require a lift to restore a better breast shape.
Q: Does Dr. Sieber perform en bloc capsulectomies?
A: Yes, Dr. Sieber is able to do this. An en bloc capsulectomy is the removal of the capsule with the implant at the same time.
Q: Will removing my capsules help with systemic symptoms I’ve been experiencing?
A: Although Dr. Sieber is not able to ensure relief from any symptoms, many of his patients have noticed an improvement immediately after surgery.
*Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person. Editorial content, before and after images, and patient testimonials do not constitute a guarantee of specific results.