More than 300,000 women undergo breast augmentation every year in the United States. For many of these patients, the procedure is incredibly rewarding and leads to an improved body image and higher self-confidence.
Not every woman is happy with the outcome of their augmentation, though. About 30,000 American women have their implants removed every year. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Elisa A. Burgess wants her patients to feel comfortable and confident in their bodies. For the women who are unsatisfied with their breast implants, Dr. Burgess is proud to offer breast implant removal surgery. She serves Lake Oswego, Portland, and surrounding areas of Oregon. Call (503) 699-6464 today to schedule a consultation.
What is Breast Implant Removal?
Breast implant removal, also known as explantation, removes implants from breast augmentation or reconstruction patients. Breast implants do not last forever, so even women who are happy with their enhancement must have their implants removed and replaced multiple times throughout their lives.
The surgery can involve removing implants and replacing them with new ones, removing and repositioning implants, or removing them without replacement.
Why Get Breast Implant Removal?
Women get their implants taken out for several reasons, including:
- Dissatisfaction with the appearance of their augmented breasts
- Desire to return to their natural breasts
- Change in breast proportion after weight loss or weight gain
- Implant rupture
- Capsular contracture
Breast Implant Removal Procedure
Breast implant removal is an outpatient surgery performed under general anesthesia. Our team will help make you comfortable in Dr. Burgess’ surgery suite. Once you’re sedated, Dr. Burgess will make incisions in the same places they were made for your augmentation.
Dr. Burgess will remove your implants, then close your incisions. The procedure should take between one and three hours. You should plan to have someone drive you home after the surgery.
Breast Implant Removal with a Breast Lift
Depending on how long you had your breast implants, they may have caused your breast skin to become stretched or sagged. If this is the case, you may want to consider getting a breast lift at the same time you have your implants removed.
Breast lifts involve removing small amounts of breast tissue, skin, and fat to lift your breasts higher on your body and create a proportional, perky, voluminous look. Getting a breast lift in conjunction with your implant removal can help ensure that your breasts retain a symmetrical, aesthetically pleasing appearance.
Recovery After Breast Implant Removal
Every woman’s body and surgery are unique, so every woman will recover differently. However, you can generally expect to return to work about five days after your breast implant removal. You should experience minimal discomfort and swelling.
For about six weeks after surgery, avoid lifting heavy objects or exercising strenuously. Your scars will take about three months to heal fully, but they should be inconspicuous. It’s also critical to wear any surgical garments and take pain medication precisely as Dr. Burgess instructs.
Some factors may lengthen your recovery period, including:
- Getting a breast lift along with your implant removal
- Getting your implants removed after capsular contracture
Contact Our Portland Breast Surgeon Today
Dr. Burgess is a Portland native who is committed to helping her patients’ aesthetic dreams come true. During your consultation, she will listen to your goals and desires, then craft a treatment plan to help you achieve the body you want.
Dr. Burgess serves Lake Oswego, Portland, and surrounding areas of Oregon. Call (503) 699-6464 today to schedule a consultation.