Aesthetic Breast Reconstruction after Breast Implant Removal
You loved your breast implants once, but for whatever reason they no longer fit your lifestyle. The solution is breast implant removal, also called explant surgery. Implant removal may result in loose, sagging breast tissue and may require additional procedures to achieve your ideal breast shape. H/K/B offers breast reconstruction after implant removal in Charlotte, NC.
Though you probably never thought you would want or need to have your implants removed when you decided to have breast augmentation surgery, thousands of women a year seek treatment for that specific reason. Reasons for wanting your breast implants removed can include discomfort, the desire to have a different breast size, no longer happy with the look and feel, or complications like capsular contracture or implant rupture. No matter what your reason for seeking explant surgery, our surgeons will work with you to determine the best procedure to achieve an aesthetically pleasing outcome for your new breasts.
Breast Implant Removal Process in Charlotte, NC
Understanding en bloc capsulectomy, or total capsulectomy, procedure requires familiarity with a capsule, which is the scar tissue that forms around an implant. This is a natural reaction of the body and, in most cases, will not change in the way your implants look or feels. When removing breast implants, the capsule must always be taken into consideration.
If the breast implants are being removed permanently, a total capsulectomy can facilitate ideal healing and tissue recovery. In an enbloc capsulectomy procedure, the entire capsule is removed with the implant in one intact piece. The implant stays within the capsule during the entire procedure. Our surgeons remove the old capsule via en bloc capsulectomy when it is safe and appropriate for the patient.
Reconstruction Options after Breast Implant Removal
Once the implant is removed, the breasts may look deflated. The skin and breast tissues have stretched to accommodate the breast implant, and without it, the breast appearance will be droopy and flattened. The larger the implant, the more extreme its effect will be on the breast tissues.
The next step in the surgery will depend on what you and your surgeon have decided during your consultation. This discussion may include whether you’d like to increase volume with fat transfer or if a lift would help meet your aesthetic goals. These procedures reshape the breast after breast implant removal. They may be performed separately or combined, depending on your aesthetic goals and your surgeon’s recommendations.
Once your implants are removed, it’s likely that your natural breast tissue will appear more relaxed than before. This can be caused by the natural aging process as well as prolonged use of large implants. In these cases, it’s often the best choice to have a breast lift after the implants have been removed. With this procedure, our surgeons can remove excess skin and reshape remaining tissue to ensure your natural breasts sit at a more desirable position on the chest wall. The nipple and areola will be moved to a higher position and, if needed, the areola can be reduced in size.
If you would like to maintain a larger breast size than your natural tissue provides but don’t want to do so with breast implants, there is another option. Fat grafting involves taking fat from one area of the body where there is an excess—such as the buttocks, thighs, or abdomen—and transplanting it to an area that needs more volume. Transferred fat is commonly used in breast surgeries, both for reconstruction after implant removal and in natural breast augmentation.
Harvesting and grafting fat are completed in the same surgery. Fat transfer breast augmentation is an excellent alternative for patients who no longer want implants but are still looking for a natural-looking improvement in volume. If the breasts still sag or droop after fat grafting, a breast lift may also be recommended.
Recovering from Breast Implant Removal and Reconstruction
Your amount of downtime and recovery after breast implant removal and reconstruction will be dependent on what type of reconstruction you choose. The average amount of time a patient takes off work after cosmetic breast surgery is one week. During this time, you’ll experience some swelling, bruising, and discomfort and will wear a support bra to aid healing. You should have a friend or family member available to drive you to and from surgery and stay with you for a few days following surgery. Avoiding strenuous exercise or anything that may strain your upper body is recommended for at least a month post-surgery, and women are urged to sleep on their backs until advised otherwise.
Our surgeons have performed many breast implant removals and are available to answer any of your questions about the procedure or recovery process.
The Importance of Having Breast Reconstruction Completed by an Expert
Breast implantation removal and reconstruction are a delicate process and should only be performed by board-certified plastic surgeons who are experienced in the operation. At H/K/B, Drs. Hunstad, Kortesis, and Bharti are all board-certified and have performed hundreds of breast surgeries. No matter which surgeon performs your procedure, you will receive the highest quality patient care and individualized attention.
If you plan to have your breast implants removed, it’s important to realize that other work may be necessary to ensure your breasts have the right shape and amount of fullness you were hoping for. When you consult with the surgeons at H/K/B, you will be able to ask questions about the different types of reconstruction as well as learn which options are best for you depending on your desired results. Book your consultation today to learn more!