Breast implant removal happens for a number of reasons. The removal may be performed due to medical concerns, like the implant leaking, implant rupture, or capsular contracture. In other cases, the patient may desire to increase or decrease the size of the implant, adjust the shape, or upgrade to a newer implant technology. Breast implant removal may be required to correct other problems, which can occur with implants, such as the implants moving, wrinkling, sagging, or asymmetry. At his Houston, TX office, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rafi Bidros performs breast revision surgery to exchange implants for patients who want or need new implants. Dr. Bidros may also remove the implants if the patient decides that implants no longer fit their lifestyle. As an added benefit, Dr. Bidros uses Galatea® surgical scaffolds to provide an internal layer of stability and ensure that the results last a long time.
Breast Implant Revision Reviews
"Dr. Bidros & "Precious" Staff! I cannot thank you enough for the care, concern and effort you each put into my surgery -- Loving my results and having a very easy recovery! Very Grateful and Sincerely appreciate each one of you! - B"- B / Office Visit / Sep 01, 2016
"Amazing Doctor & Staff - Dr. Bidros and his staff are Amazing, I would highly recommend him to anyone!! I had my original breast augmentation by another PS and Dr. Bidros did my revision. He did a wonderful job and I'm more than happy with his work! - - Dr. Bidros and his staff are Amazing, I would highly recommend him to anyone!! I had my original breast augmentation by another PS and Dr. Bidros did my revision. He did a wonderful job and I'm more than happy with his work!"- A. / RealSelf / Jan 15, 2017
During breast implant removal surgery, the incision will be made under the breast or around the nipple and the implants will be carefully removed. Once the implant is removed, Dr. Bidros may place new implants or close the incision with only the natural breast tissue. Dr. Bidros will utilize the Galatea surgical scaffold to elevate and reinforce the soft tissue. The scaffold material is bioabsorbable, which allows for the surrounding breast tissue to strengthen over time. If the patient chooses to remove their implants, Dr. Bidros will shape the tissue and muscles to their best shape and remove any excess skin to avoid sagging.
In the event that a breast implant removal is necessary, the procedure will be done under general anesthesia just like the breast augmentation procedure. This procedure generally takes approximately 1 – 2 hours to perform. Recovery is relatively quick, though you may experience some discomfort, swelling, and bruising.
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- Average Cost
- $7,900 - $10,900
Implant Removal FAQs
Why Remove Implants?
Sometimes, your body may have an adverse reaction to the implants, and this can cause infection, bleeding, necrosis, or calcium deposits. Complications are rare, but as with any surgical procedure and any procedure that involves putting a foreign object in the body, there are risks.
Do I Have to Replace?
Women who are having very large breast implants removed may be left with a significant cosmetic deformity if they don’t decide to replace the breast implants with other implants. The breast tissue may atrophy, and the chest wall becomes deformed.
Psychological distress may occur after a significant body transformation, including after the removal or revision of breast implants, and it may be necessary to seek treatment if the distress continues or worsens.
How Will I Know?
Breast implant removal surgery is necessary from time to time. Stay up to date on your checkups so that if a problem does occur, it can be resolved in a timely manner. It’s important to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in breast implants and breast revision surgeries, like Dr. Rafi Bidros.