Some patients decide they no longer want breast implants and choose to remove them. Typical implant removal includes the removal of the capsule as well. A capsule occurs with virtually every foreign object that is placed inside the body. It is a scar-like shell of collagen fibers that encases the object and is usually harmless under normal circumstances. Sometimes the capsule can grow very thick and tighten around the breast implant, causing the breast to feel very dense and possibly painful.
There are different techniques for removing implants and capsules. Traditional implant removal includes removing breast implants as well as the capsule which may be removed in pieces. En Bloc implant removal is the removal of the implant with the capsule in one piece rather than removed in pieces. Typically, an En Bloc removal takes longer in surgery. Some patients who choose En Bloc implant removal also request to have cultures and tests done on the capsule or breast pocket to determine if any bacteria are present. These tests are usually sent to a hospital lab and may range from $300 to $4500 or more in additional costs to the patient.
As a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 20 years of experience, Dr. Crofts has performed hundreds of implant removal procedures. Dr. Crofts is experienced in all techniques of implant removal including En Bloc implant removal.
Patients who currently have breast implants and no longer wish to have them. There could be a number of factors as to why someone would want to remove their implants. During your consultation, Dr. Crofts can help you make that decision to remove or replace the implants.
Yes, many people wish to do a breast lift at the time of implant removal.
There are different lasers and topical scar treatments that can address the scar. The V-beam laser can address redness of the scars, CO2 lasers can address the thickness of the scars. Silicone gels and sheets are usually started 2 weeks after surgery to help improve the appearance of the incisions.
Patients will refrain from any strenous activity for the first 2 weeks after surgery. Patients will have drains placed for approximately 2 weeks after surgery. Most patients can resume normal activity by 2-3 weeks.