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Douglas A. Taranow, DO, FACOS

New York, NY

Just as women undergo surgical procedures like breast augmentation to enhance their breasts, there are those who wish to remove their breast implants. Over time, many women can begin to experience certain changes to their bodies, which can sometimes make them feel physical and emotional discomfort. There may also be instances where a woman’s implants can harm them and make them feel physically ill. Breast implant explantation is a safe, surgical procedure that removes a woman’s implants to restore the breasts to their natural appearance and improves her overall self-esteem and lifestyle.

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Ideal Candidates

Some women want to have their implants removed after their previous breast augmentation due to aging or weight fluctuations that have changed the appearance of the breasts. Others may feel their implants no longer reflect who they are and they wish to have them removed. In rare cases, breast implants can cause health problems that require patients to have them removed entirely. Breast implant explantation can address these and the following issues you have with your implants to provide you with emotional and physical relief.

  • Capsular contracture
  • Implant rupture
  • Breast implant illness
  • Breast deformities
  • Unsatisfying results
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Procedure


Breast implant explantation is performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. This procedure requires extensive precision and should only be performed by a trained breast specialist. During your surgery, an incision will be made usually along the same area where your previous breast augmentation procedure was performed. Once the incision has been reopened, the implant will be pulled out carefully. If necessary, the scar tissue surrounding the implant will also be removed if it thickened. Breast lift surgery can be performed with your breast implant explantation to lift the breasts to a more aesthetically pleasing position or to tighten the pocket once the breast implant has been removed.

Recovery


Following your procedure, a surgical compression garment will be placed around the treated area to protect your new breasts and minimize swelling. Swelling and bruising will occur but should resolve after a few days. There may be minimal pain and discomfort, which can be treated with medication prescribed to you by your surgeon. Be sure you avoid all strenuous activities for at least two weeks. You may return to work a few days after your surgery.

Results


You can expect long-lasting results that will boost the appearance of your breasts as well as your self-esteem and confidence. Your breasts will also have a more natural look, and you will find yourself feeling more like yourself. Final results will become apparent a few months after your surgery.