For a number of different reasons, some women opt to have their implants permanently removed after a breast augmentation procedure. In this case, Dr. DiFrancesco can help you achieve your ideal, natural results with the latest in effective implant removal techniques.
Breast implant removal can be performed for a few different reasons. Primarily, it’s performed because a patient simply wants their implants removed. In other cases, it’s performed because of complications like capsular contracture or an implant rupture. There can be a lot of benefits of breast implant removal in either case. When you opt for different implants or to simply correct the ones you have, it’s called a breast implant exchange or revision. With breast implant removal, the implants are simply removed. A few different techniques can be used to restore the breasts to a more natural and upright state after the implants are removed and can be performed within the same surgical session.
Most candidates for breast implant removal are unhappy with their breast augmentation results or have experienced complications that mean they should have their implants removed. As with any breast procedure, you should be in overall good health and able to undergo surgery. If your breast augmentation procedure was recent, Dr. DiFrancesco can discuss the right timeframe for a removal procedure since you should be fully recovered, and your results fully settled.
After the implants are removed, it’s often necessary to rejuvenate the breasts since they no longer have the same volume provided by the implants. One technique may be better for your goals than the other, so Dr. DiFrancesco will discuss the right options for you.
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Sometimes, stretched or excess skin is left over after the implant is removed (especially if you opted for larger implants). If the remaining skin and breast tissue sag without support, a breast lift can rejuvenate the breasts for a more upright and youthful position.
To restore the shape and projection of the breasts, fat transfer techniques can be used. This requires a liposuction procedure on a fatty area of your body. After this, the fatty tissue is prepared and injected into the breasts to restore any lost volume.
The implant removal procedure is performed under general anesthesia. Dr. DiFrancesco can match your incision to your previous one in order to reduce visible scarring. During the procedure, the implant will be removed using surgical techniques. In some instances where you experienced capsular contraction, the whole capsule containing the implant can be removed. After the implant is removed, one or both of the above restoration techniques can be used to replace volume and rejuvenate the breasts. Breast implant removal is generally performed as an outpatient procedure, meaning you can return home afterwards.
Your recovery from your breast implant removal procedure will be similar to your initial breast augmentation. It’s important to wear a supportive surgical bra in order to help your breasts heal and seal the pocket previously created by the breast implant, as well as ensure your incisions heal properly. Dr. DiFrancesco can use a long-acting nerve blocker so that you’re comfortable during the first few days of recovery, although you’ll be prescribed medications to manage swelling. You can expect to take at least one week away from your regular activities while you recover. Most patients are able to return to their regular schedules within six weeks.
Breast implant removal can be an effective way to enjoy your natural breasts again. To begin discussing your best options, contact our Atlanta office by calling or filling out our online form. Dr. DiFrancesco can begin planning your ideal procedure to achieve your goals with the latest in surgical breast rejuvenation techniques.