Some women with augmented breasts become unhappy with their implants due to lifestyle changes, aesthetic preferences or health or safety-related concerns. The removal of breast implants is known as breast explant surgery, and it can considerably improve a woman’s peace of mind and personal comfort. Breast implant removal is available in Scottsdale and Mesa with Dr. Genaro Valladolid.
There are various reasons why a woman may want to remove or exchange her implants. Some women opt to have their implants removed because of health or safety concerns, such as concerns about breast implant illness, breast-implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) or because they have developed a rare complication like leaking, rippling, rupture or capsular contracture.
Other women decide they want to remove their implants due to changes in their personal taste or lifestyle. Maybe their lifestyle has changed and they no longer wish to have noticeably large breasts. For example, Dr. Valladolid sees women that had their implants placed when they were young, but decide years later, after having children, that they want a smaller, more natural breast size.
Finally, some women simply wish to switch out implants with a different type (e.g., saline to silicone).
Patients seeking breast explant in Scottsdale, Mesa or the surrounding areas put their trust in Dr. Valladolid. His training and expertise ensures consistently patient satisfaction and outstanding outcomes. Regardless of the reason for breast explant, Dr. Valladolid is completely capable of treating the problem or concern and restoring the patient’s optimal form and health.
Breast explant surgery is an outpatient procedure performed with anesthesia. Every procedure is different, based on the patient’s unique anatomy, goals and preferences.
Usually breast implant removal can be performed through the initial incision to minimize scarring, though sometimes a different incision pattern is used.
Through the incision, Dr. Valladolid removes the implant. If any scar tissue has formed and hardened over the implant (a complication called capsular contracture), Dr. Valladolid removes that as well. If the patient has requested to replace her implants with a new pair, Dr. Valladolid can insert the new implants through the same incision in the original pocket.
Depending on factors such as the size of the implants, the elasticity of the skin and whether the breasts sag, Dr. Valladolid may use breast lift techniques to lift and tighten the breast tissues and raise the breasts higher on the chest. Skin removal may be necessary depending on the extent of breast sagging.
Breast explant recovery is similar to breast augmentation recovery. The breasts are wrapped in a compression garment to help support the healing tissues and minimize swelling. Mild discomfort is common and can be alleviated with over-the-counter pain relievers or pain medication prescribed by Dr. Valladolid.
Most patients are able to resume work and light exercise one to two weeks after surgery. Dr. Valladolid clears patients for more strenuous activity within four to six weeks of surgery.
Initial results from breast explant surgery can be seen almost immediately; however, it can take up to a few months for the breasts to completely heal from surgery and stabilize.
Explant surgery does not affect how the breasts change with age. Over time, most women experience breast sagging due to the natural effects of the aging process; weight fluctuation or pregnancy can accelerate the process of sagging.
For more information about breast implant removal, please request a consultation with Dr. Valladolid. Contact one of his offices, in Scottsdale or Mesa, by calling (480) 770-5015 today.