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Candidacy Requirements for Breast Implant Removal

Breast implants are often used to enhance the volume and shape of breasts. Although breast implants can last a lifetime, most women will replace their implants with newer implants at some point over the course of their lives. Less frequently, some women may choose to remove their breast implants and not replace them.

According to the Cosmetic Surgery National Data Bank Statistics compiled by the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, approximately 38,000 breast implant removal procedures were performed in 2015. The motivations for breast implant removal (also called explant) are varied and may include:

  • A desire to return to a more natural state
  • Removal of ruptured implants
  • Revision of the type, shape, brand, or size of implants
  • Eliminate problems associated with capsular contracture
  • Address asymmetry
  • Reduce physical symptoms associated with heavy, augmented breasts (i.e. back, shoulder, and neck pain)

Regardless of the reasons, our experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Robert Rothfield, can often help qualified candidates make the decision that is best for them.

The Breast Implant Removal Consultation

During the initial consultation, Dr. Rothfield can determine if a patient is a good candidate for breast implant removal surgery. There are a number of factors he considers in his determination, including the general health of the patient and the patient’s expectations. Ideal candidates for implant removal typically have moderate sized implants and will have had a B-cup or larger cup size prior to their original breast augmentation. However, even individuals with a smaller breast size prior to their original surgery or who have large breast implants can still be candidates for breast implant removal surgery.

Breast Implant Removal Procedure

Removal of breast implants is an outpatient procedure that is often associated with minimal discomfort and an easy recovery. Implants are typically removed via the same incision they were placed through to avoid the creation of new scar tissue. The satisfaction rate is typically high. Following their breast implant removal, some patients ultimately decide to enhance their appearance with a breast lift, breast implant upgrade, or a combination of both. Dr. Rothfield will explain all of the available options, as well as the associated benefits and risks, during the consultation.

Contact Weston Plastic Surgery

For more information about breast implant removal, or if you wish to schedule a consultation with Dr. Rothfield, please contact our office today.

Editor’s note: The original version of this post was published on November 24, 2014.


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