Breast Implant Removal

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Michael L Thornton DO FACOS
Board-Certified Cosmetic Surgeon

Dr. Michael L. Thornton is a fellowship trained, double board certified Cosmetic Surgeon and Diplomate of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery providing you with an advanced array of surgical procedures in facial cosmetic surgery, cosmetic breast surgery, buttock & body contouring surgery, liposuction, after weight loss skin surgery, and non-surgical aesthetics from our medical spa.

Breast Implant Removal: Procedure, Benefits, and Recovery

Providing breast implant removal to clients near Mansfield, Arlington, Fort Worth & Dallas, Texas

At Mansfield Cosmetic Surgery Center, we understand the decision to remove breast implants is deeply personal and often complex. Dr. Michael L. Thornton, a double board-certified cosmetic surgeon and Diplomate of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, is dedicated to providing compassionate and expert care tailored to each patient’s unique needs. Whether you are experiencing breast implant related complications, ruptured or leaking breast implant, seeking a different aesthetic preference, or simply choosing to return to your natural breast size due to lifestyle changes, our office is here to guide you through every step of the process. If you are considering breast implant removal, schedule a consultation with Mansfield Cosmetic Surgery Center and meet with Dr. Thornton to discuss your options.

Why Undergo Breast Implant Removal?

Breast implant removal is an outpatient procedure that involves the removal of silicone or saline breast implants. It is often performed when patients no longer want their breast 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, breast deformity, discomfort or 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 Surgical 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 any abnormal scar tissue or thickened capsules that may have formed.  However, not all cases require removal of the capsule.  Dr. Thornton performs all breast implant removal procedures at an accredited outpatient surgery center under general anesthesia. Dr. Thornton will happily discuss all specific 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 their removal may alleviate these symptoms.  Secondly, for those experiencing Breast Implant Illness (BII), removal of the breast implants may 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.

What Will I Look Like After Breast Implant Removal?

After breast implant removal, many women notice a significant loss of breast volume, leading to a deflated or saggy appearance due to the remaining skin. To address this, a secondary procedure like a mastopexy (breast lift) is often recommended but is not always necessary. A breast lift or mastopexy is a common plastic surgery procedure that involves removal of excess skin along with lifting and reshaping of the breasts for a more youthful contour.

Recovery from Breast Implant Removal

Recovery from breast implant removal varies among individuals but most patients will have a full recovery in several weeks and resume normal daily activities.  Generally, patients can expect to wear a support bra or a compression garment to reduce swelling. Small drain tubes may also be placed to drain excess fluid or blood, especially if an abnormal capsule is removed.

Take the Next Step Toward Your Ideal Look

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. At Mansfield Cosmetic Surgery Center, Dr. Thornton is committed to helping you achieve the look and comfort you desire. If you’re considering breast implant removal, Dr. Thornton and his dedicated team are here to provide expert guidance and personalized care throughout your journey. Don’t wait to take the next step in your cosmetic journey. Contact us today to schedule your consultation and explore your options.


FAQ’s About Breast Implant Removal

Am I A Candidate For Breast Implant Removal?

Candidates for breast implant removal typically include those experiencing complications, discomfort, or personal dissatisfaction with their implants. Health conditions such as capsular contracture, implant rupture, or Breast Implant Illness (BII) also common reasons for breast implant removal. Additionally, those who have had a previous breast cancer diagnosis and underwent reconstruction with implants might consider removal. Dr. Thornton at Mansfield Cosmetic Surgery Center will evaluate your specific situation and help you determine if this procedure is right for you.

What Happens After Breast Implant Removal?

After the surgery, you may experience swelling (edema), bruising, and discomfort. You will need to wear a support bra or compression garment and may have small drain tubes in place. Dr. Thornton will provide detailed aftercare instructions and schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your recovery.

How Long Does It Take To Remove Breast Implants?

The breast implant removal procedure usually takes 1-2 hours, depending on the complexity of the case and whether additional procedures, such as a breast lift, are performed simultaneously. Dr. Thornton will discuss the expected duration of your specific surgery during your consultation.

How Can I Prepare For My Breast Implant Removal Surgery?

Preparation for breast implant removal includes a pre-operative consultation with Dr. Thornton, where you will discuss your medical history, current medications, and any concerns. You may need to stop certain medications, avoid smoking, and arrange for transportation and post-surgery care.

Is A Breast Lift Necessary After Removing Breast Implants?

A breast lift (mastopexy) can be recommended to address sagging or excess skin following implant removal; however, this is not always a necessary step. Dr. Thornton can assess your breast tissue and skin elasticity to determine if a breast lift following breast implant removal is the best option for achieving your desired appearance.

Can I Decide To Get Breast Implants Again After Having Them Removed?

Yes, you can choose to have breast implants again in the future. Dr. Thornton will discuss the timing and considerations for a secondary breast augmentation, ensuring that your breasts are adequately healed and prepared for new implants.

What Kind of Results Can I Expect From Breast Implant Removal?

Results from breast implant removal can vary based on individual circumstances, including the size of the implants and the amount of natural breast tissue. Dr. Thornton will provide a realistic expectation of your post-surgery appearance and discuss any additional procedures that might enhance your results.

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Meet Dr. Michael L. Thornton


Dr. Michael L. Thornton is a fellowship trained, double board certified Cosmetic Surgeon and Diplomate of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery providing you with an advanced array of surgical procedures in facial cosmetic surgery, cosmetic breast surgery, body & buttock contouring surgery, liposuction, after weight loss skin surgery, and non-surgical aesthetics from our medical spa.


Fellowship trained Cosmetic Surgeon with completion of 12-month accredited program by American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS).

Double Board Certified Cosmetic Surgeon & Diplomate American Board of Cosmetic Surgery.

Specializing in Cosmetic Surgery of the Face, Breast, Body, Buttock & Nonsurgical Aesthetics.

Voted "Best Cosmetic Surgeon" in Living Magazine - Arlington & Mansfield.

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Double Board Certified Cosmetic Surgeon
Diplomate American Board of Cosmetic Surgery