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Breast Implant Removal: Procedure, Benefits, and Recovery
Providing breast implant removal to clients near Mansfield, Arlington, Fort Worth & Dallas, Texas
Why Undergo Breast Implant Removal?
Breast implant removal is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of silicone or saline breast implants. It is often performed when patients no longer want their implants or when breast implant complications develop. One common development leading to implant removal is capsular contracture, a condition where internal scar tissue hardens around the implants, causing pain, discomfort and unsightly changes in their appearance. Other indications for breast implant removal may include:
- Implant Leakage or Rupture: Over time, breast implants may leak or rupture. When this occurs, some patients choose to undergo removal of their implants instead of replacement.
- Breast Implant Illness (BII): Some patients may experience a variety of symptoms that are attributed to their breast implants, a condition referred as Breast Implant Illness. Symptoms may include fatigue, joint pain, and cognitive difficulties.
- Aesthetic Reasons: Due to changes in personal preference, patients may no longer like the appearance or feel of their breast implants and choose to have them removed.
- Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL): This is a rare type of lymphoma that may develop mostly around textured breast implants. If diagnosed, removal of the implants and surrounding tissue is recommended.
- Lifestyle Changes: Changes in lifestyle or physical activity levels may lead patients to decide to have their implants removed. For example, they may interfere with exercise or cause discomfort during certain activities.
- Age or Chronic Health Conditions: As patients age or if they develop certain chronic health conditions, they may choose to have their implants removed.
What is the Procedure for Breast Implant Removal?
The breast implant removal procedure begins by making an incision, usually around the areola or under the lower breast fold of the breasts. Next, the breast implants are removed along with scar tissue or thickened capsules that may have formed. However, not all cases require removal of the capsule. Dr. Michael L. Thornton, a double board certified cosmetic surgeon and Diplomate of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, will happily discuss all details during your consultation.
Benefits of Breast Implant Removal
Breast implant removal offers several benefits. For starters, it can provide instant relief from pain caused by capsular contracture. In addition, removing large or heavy implants may decrease neck or back pain and removal may alleviate these symptoms. Secondly, for those experiencing Breast Implant Illness (BII), removal of the implants may often lead to a reduction or resolution of symptoms. In addition, some individuals prefer the look and feel of their natural breasts and find that removal helps to regain their natural body image. Lastly, large implants may sometimes interfere with physical activities like running or other forms of exercise. Removal can make these activities more comfortable.
Recovery from Breast Implant Removal
Recovery from breast implant removal varies among individuals but most patients will have a full recovery in 4-6 weeks and resume normal daily activities. Generally, patients can expect to wear a support bra or a compression garment for a few weeks to reduce swelling. Small drain tubes may also be placed to drain excess fluid or blood.
The decision to undergo breast implant removal can greatly improve a patient’s quality of life, especially if there are ongoing complications like capsular contraction, silicone rupture, or chronic pain. It’s crucial to consult with a board-certified cosmetic surgeon like Dr. Thornton to ensure a collective decision is made for your health and comfort.
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