Breast Implant Removal
Restore Your Natural, Beautiful Breasts
Breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures worldwide, and it has been for decades. While breast implants help hundreds of thousands of women feel confident about their figure every year, many women in their 30s, 40s, 50s, and beyond want to reverse their breast augmentation decision. Attitude, aging, lifestyle, and preference changes leave many women looking for implant removal options. You may just be tired of your implants (it’s a woman’s prerogative to change her mind, right?), or you might have a problem (capsular contacture, implant rupture) that needs to be addressed.
No matter your motivation, Dr. Sarah Mess will listen carefully to your concerns and use her surgical expertise and understanding of the female anatomy to provide you with beautiful, natural-looking results.
Expertise and Experience You Can Trust
Dr. Mess is a board-certified female plastic surgeon who specializes in breast surgery, including implant removal. She combines her artistic eye with surgical knowledge and experience to restore your confidence in your body. Your breasts are one of the focal features of your body, and her goal is to help you achieve your ideal breast shape and size so you can feel comfortable in your own skin.
Here’s What You Need to Know About the Procedure
What will my consultation be like?
Your implant removal journey will begin with a private consultation with Dr. Mess. She will examine your breasts, listen to your goals, and come up with a personalized surgical plan to meet your needs. Dr. Mess encourages open communication with her patients so you can feel comfortable bringing up any questions or concerns you have.
Where will my procedure take place?
Your implant removal will be performed as an outpatient procedure at our AAAASF-accredited facility in Columbia, Maryland. The AAAASF (American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities) is the gold standard in accreditation. Having their accreditation means that our facility has met and continuously complies with the association’s strict requirements for patient safety, standardized quality, specialist certification, and staff credentials. We understand the importance of patient safety and are committed to providing you with the highest level of care.
What incision will be used?
Most of the time, Dr. Mess will try to make the incision in the same location that was used for your augmentation surgery. However, a different location may be necessary depending on your anatomy and reason for implant removal.
What is the implant removal process like?
The breast implant removal process can range from the “simple” to the complex. Some women just want their implants out, and they don’t want a lot of fuss about it. For these patients, Dr. Mess offers a traditional explant, where the breast implant is removed through the original incision and the capsule is left in place. The pocket is irrigated, inspected, and then closed.
A traditional breast implant removal case takes less than an hour and can even be done under local anesthesia with blocks as long as Dr. Mess is not performing a breast lift or other related surgeries to reshape the breast. Traditional implant removal is a cost-effective option for uncomplicated cases, but patients seeking implant removal due to rupture or other health concerns may opt for a more specialized implant removal.
Dr. Mess specializes in a technique called en bloc breast implant removal. This procedure is beneficial whether your implants have ruptured, you suspect a rupture, you are experiencing capsular contracture, or you simply want your implants and capsules removed. During the procedure, Dr. Mess separates the implant and capsule of scar tissue around it from the surrounding breast tissue, chest muscle, and ribs. She then removes the implant and capsule together to minimize contact with native breast tissue. Once the implants and capsules are removed, the breast pocket is rinsed with an antibiotic solution, and the incisions are closed.
En bloc removal takes considerably more time than a traditional explant, but for many women with breast implant concerns, the peace of mind is worth the additional expense.
What is the recovery like after breast implant removal?
How long your recovery lasts after the implant removal procedure will depend on the surgical technique used as well as the way your body heals. You will be given detailed postoperative instructions by Dr. Mess, but here is a brief overview of what you can expect during your recovery.
Your breasts will be wrapped in bandages and a compression bra. These will promote circulation and minimize some of the bruising and swelling that will be present.
Most patients feel up to engaging in light activities. You will likely be able to return to work after the first week.
You should be well on your way to being completely healed after three weeks but should still avoid strenuous activities until Dr. Mess clears you.
After six weeks, you will be scheduled for a follow-up appointment with Dr. Mess so she can make sure you’re healing properly and answer any questions you have.
Once my implants are removed, what comes next?
You may decide that after implant removal, you miss some of the volume that was provided by your implants. If your implants were of a substantial size or you had them for a long time, you may also find that your breasts sag or seem deflated after implant removal. If you’re interested in enhancing your breasts after implant removal, Dr. Mess offers breast lift surgery and/or fat transfer to the breasts as subsequent procedures. A breast lift tightens the breast tissue and restores a perky, youthful appearance. Fat transfer takes unwanted excess fat from another area of your body and uses it to add volume to the breasts.
Have more questions?
Unfortunately, what worked for your body yesterday may not be right for you today. It’s your body and your prerogative to make a change if you’re unhappy.
Give us a call if you have any questions or would like to learn more about how implant removal can restore your health and happiness. Having breast implant regrets? Contact Dr. Sarah Mess!