Breast implant removal, or explant surgery, is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of breast implants from breast augmentation or breast reconstruction patients.
During this procedure, the surgeon may also remove silicone material from implant leaks and the capsule, which is the scar tissue that forms around the implant. Usually, the scar tissue, or capsule, that forms around the implant is soft and thin and does not need to be removed.
However, if it becomes hard and calcified it may cause pain and discomfort and this is called capsular contracture. This is a reason to remove your implant and capsule.
Some women may experience complications with their breast implants, such as implant rupture, leakage or displacement. These issues can cause discomfort or pain and may also require removal of the implant.
Based on each patient’s goals and desires, Dr. Gal may offer a mastopexy, or lift, along with the implant removal. A mastopexy will help to re-shape the breast tissue and loose skin once the breast implant is removed.
Based on each patient’s individual exam and needs, Dr. Gal may stage the two procedures. In this scenario, the implants will be removed in the first procedure. Three months later, the lift will be performed if the patient desires. Dr. Gal will discuss all these options at your consultation.