Breast implant removal (explant surgery)
Breast implant removal, also known as explant surgery, is a cosmetic procedure that reverses a breast augmentation. It is simply the removal of breast implants without replacing or exchanging the implants with new ones. This procedure can be done in combination with other surgical procedures, including a capsulectomy or a mastopexy (breast uplift).
Breast implant removal, or explant surgery, is a cosmetic procedure to reverse a breast augmentation. Breast implants are removed during explant surgery without replacing or exchanging the implants for new ones. This surgery can also be carried out with other procedures, including breast implant removal and uplift and breast implant removal with capsulectomy. Capsulectomy is where the scar tissue around the implant is removed.
Deciding if breast implant removal is right for you
Why choose to have explant surgery?
There are many reasons why you may decide to have your implants removed. Some of the most common reasons women choose to have explant surgery include:
- Implant complications: Including implant rupture, hardening of the breasts (capsular contracture), muscle animation, double bubble appearance, or infection.
- Breast Implant Illness: (See section on BII) If this is the case then you may take the decision to have your implants removed.
- Personal choice: Some women may feel their implants are the wrong shape or size. Over time they may have moved into a different position due to weight loss, weight gain or pregnancies. Some women had implants when they were younger and feel they do not need/want implants anymore.
- Implant Shelf Life: The manufacturers life expectancy of implants is 10 or more years, although implants can stay in without problems for a much longer time however they aren’t guaranteed to last a lifetime.
Whatever your reasons for considering having your breast implants removed, only you can decide if it’s the right option. Mr Sherif Wilson MB, ChB, MS, FRCS (Plastic Surgery) will take great care in talking you through all of the options and finding the solution that is right for you and your body.