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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

To find out more about Breast implant removal with Dr. David Sieber at Sieber Plastic Surgery, call us today at: 415-915-9000 or schedule a consultation here.

Quick Facts:

Length: 1 hour

Anesthesia: general

Inpt/Outpt: outpatient

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.


I couldn’t be more pleased and excited about the refresh Dr. Sieber did on my face using a combination of botox and fillers. I had a baby a year ago and my face looked completely deflated. It felt to me that I looked like I had aged 5 years instantly by having a baby over 40. Dr. Sieber looked closely at my face and listened to my desires and fears in terms of the results I was seeking. I really liked that he took a conservative approach and followed up to check in and tweak things once the fillers and I had time to settle in.*

Dr. Sieber is a caring, friendly and talented doctor. I had two long consultations (free of charge) before scheduling my BBL (Brazilian butt lift). The staff and Dr. Sieber made me feel calm and relaxed the day of surgery. The results are amazing. Dr. Sieber understands a woman’s body and totally changed the shape of mine. I could not recommend him highly enough. I now go to him for my Botox and Juvederm.*

Dr. Sieber was fantastic throughout the entire process. From the beginning, he was patient with my questions and never made me feel pressured about making a decision. Once deciding that I was going to move forward with a breast augmentation, he made sure that I understood the process of the procedure and what I could expect post-surgery. I could not be happier with the results!*

Dr. Sieber is the best. I interviewed with numerous doctors. He pays close attention to detail. He called and checked on me and my results on a regular basis. My tummy procedure exceeded my expectation.*

Dr Sieber was very kind, knowledgeable and patient. He was able to answer all of my questions and put me completely at ease during the consultation as well as during the actual procedure. He made sure that I understood each part of the process which went a long way in alleviating my fears…after all, this is my face!*

*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. All images feature models except for before and after images.

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Dr. Dave Sieber and his staff are so awesome! Dr. Sieber is personable yet professional, his work is impeccable. He listens to his patient and works with them to achieve what they want. He’s like my hair dresser, a magician, you just want to do a happy dance with the results, only these results are lasting. Ok, but seriously, the procedure was very smooth, the staff and the doctors (Dr Sieber and the anesthesiologist) had great communication and made sure I was comfortable with very clear and concise pre op and post op directions. The healing process was very easy and the results are FABULOUS. Side note, Dr. Sieber has really awesome skin, I feel like this is impressive and important because really, would you trust a dentist with bad teeth? I am so elated and satisfied with the results, the size is perfect and they look and feel very natural. They are exactly what I wanted.*

Dr. Sieber is a doctor who is not only extremely knowledgeable about the latest in cosmetic procedures, but a doctor who truly cares about his patients. I highly recommend him!*

Dr. Sieber is a doctor who is not only extremely knowledgeable about the latest in cosmetic procedures, but a doctor who truly cares about his patients. I highly recommend him!*

Dr. Sieber is attentive, responsive, and well trained. I had seen him for Botox and filler and he had done both without any pain or bruising and more importantly the results were fabulous. He has met with me on time at each appointment. He communicates what to expect, made sure I was comfortable throughout the procedure, checked on my healing every day post procedure. He couldn’t be more delightful not more talented. I had seen other plastic surgeons for in office treatments over the past decade and Dr. Sieber is at the top of the list in terms of delivering the desired outcome and high quality care.*

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