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.
While breast implants can provide long-lasting enhancement, they are not intended to stay in your breasts for your entire life. Dr. Valladolid and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons suggest replacing your implants every 10 to 15 years to ensure the implants remain safe and in good condition. Ultimately, it is your choice whether to remove and replace or simply remove your implants.
Breast implant illness is rare, but it is worth knowing the symptoms (such as fatigue, headaches, dry mouth, anxiety, hair loss, joint pain and loss of memory/concentration) so that you can pay attention for them. The good news is that women diagnosed with breast implant illness see quick improvement to their health once the implants are removed. If you are concerned you may have BII, please meet with your physician promptly.
Some women do notice breast droopiness after removing their implants. This occurs because their skin previously stretched to fit over the larger size of the breasts, but it may no longer be elastic enough to retract to fit the reduced volume of the breasts. If your skin exhibits laxity, Dr. Valladolid may suggest incorporating breast lift into your surgical plan so that your breasts maintain an appealing appearance. You can also choose to return for breast lift in the future should you decide you are dissatisfied with the elevation of your breasts.
Yes, for patients who would like to enhance their physique but do not wish to have silicone or saline implants in their breasts, Dr. Valladolid can perform a breast fat grafting surgery. With this procedure, he liposuctions excess fat from an area where it is unwanted — many women choose their stomach or thighs — and then transfers the fat cells to the breasts where the extra volume is desired. This is a great solution for women who feel their breasts are too small for their frame but want a more natural approach to augmentation that utilizes their own tissue.
If you currently have implants and would like to remove them in favor of a fat grafting procedure, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Valladolid.
In almost every case, Dr. Valladolid can remove your implants through the incision point where the implants were originally inserted, meaning that scarring should be confined to the area where it already exists. If scar tissue has formed inside your breasts (around the implants), Dr. Valladolid can remove this along with the implants.
While it may not be especially challenging for a plastic surgeon to remove breast implants, you should choose an experienced, talented surgeon to ensure your results look appealing and natural. Surgeons like Dr. Valladolid who have removed many implants have developed techniques that can ensure your breasts are attractive, youthful and natural-looking after surgery.