The results from a breast augmentation are designed to be long-lasting, but that doesn’t mean they need to be permanent. Breast implants can be safely removed. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jonathan Heistein offers breast implant removal in both Fort Worth and Southlake.
Reasons for Implant Removal
One indication for implant removal is implant rupture. When a saline implant ruptures the fluid is absorbed by the body, leaving only the deflated implant shell. This shell is removed during surgery and may be replaced with a new implant if desired. Silicone rupture can be harder to detect visually because many times the silicone remains within the scar tissue that surrounds the implant.
mplants can be removed if you desire a change in your implant size or no implants at all. Changes in the elasticity of our skin, weight changes, pregnancy, medical issues, and new phases of your life can all bring about a desire to make changes with your breasts and implants. In these cases, the implants can be removed or exchanged, and you have the option for lifting and reshaping of your breast.
If you have any changes to your implant or breast, Dr. Jonathan Heistein can discuss your treatment options.
What Is the Surgery Like?
During your initial consultation, Dr. Heistein will go over your treatment options and discuss any questions or concerns you may have.
Implant removal is a safe procedure performed under general anesthesia that can be performed in a surgery center or hospital. Whenever possible, Dr. Heistein will go back through the same incision/scar from your implant placement. When the implants are removed, there will be a loss of volume in your breast which could result in a loose, saggy appearance. There may also be irregularities, such as indentations. These issues can be addressed by additional procedures like a breast lift or fat transfer.
Recovering from Breast Implant Removal
During your recovery, you will wear a compression bra for additional support and comfort, and medication can be provided to help minimize any discomfort. After four to five days, you should be able to return to light activity for most patients, although some soreness and discomfort may still be present. Strenuous activities, such as heavy lifting and activities that elevate your heart rate, may need to be avoided for up to six weeks in most cases.
Scheduling a Consultation
We are conveniently located in both Southlake and Fort Worth and are dedicated to your safety and satisfaction throughout the process. Please contact our office at (817) 820-0000 to coordinate your consultation for breast implant removal with Dr. Heistein. We look forward to hearing from you!