Breast Implant Removal

Breast Implant Removal Northern Virginia

When you initially got breast augmentation surgery, you might not have envisioned a scenario where you would want to reverse it. However, many women with breast implants do change their minds.

Perhaps your enhanced breasts are causing you back, neck, and shoulder pain that is getting in the way of your active lifestyle, or maybe you have experienced complications such as capsular contraction. Whatever your reasons, you are in good company. Breast augmentation remains one of the most consistently popular cosmetic surgeries in the United States. More, an increasing number of women are choosing to revert to their natural breast size.

Need answers to specific questions about your breast implants? Call us at 703-982-7106 or reach out to us via our online form. We’re happy to get you the insights you need.

Our goal is to provide you with the highest quality cosmetic surgery care in the Northern Virginia and Washington DC region. Dr. Desman is committed to serving you through advanced training, dedication to perfection and unmatched personal care.

We are confident you will not be disappointed!

What Is Breast Implant Removal?

Breast implant removal surgery, also called explantation, is a relatively straightforward procedure that reverses the breast augmentation. In some cases, you may choose to combine your breast implant removal with a breast lift to create a perkier and more youthful breast appearance. 

Many women with breast implants will eventually need a revision procedure. Though modern implants are designed to be highly durable, they are not necessarily lifetime devices. The FDA estimates the longer you have implants, the more likely you will need to get them removed or replaced. Some women decide to get their breast implants surgically removed because they no longer want to deal with the expense or inconvenience of having their implants replaced periodically.

Dr. Desman may recommend the explant procedure if you develop a rupture, which can occur with both saline and silicone implants. Dr. Desman may also suggest removing your breast implants if you have developed issues such as an infection, a change in nipple sensation, or capsular contraction, a painful condition where scar tissue hardens around the implant. Breast implant removal is an option for women whose implants have shifted position due to weight fluctuation or pregnancies, causing their augmented breasts to look lopsided or asymmetrical.

What to Expect During Implant Removal Surgery

Breast implant removal surgery is an outpatient procedure that typically takes between one and three hours while you are under anesthesia. You will be able to go home after the procedure, but be sure to arrange to have your spouse, friend, or neighbor drive you.

Though Dr. Desman will discuss your treatment options with you, here are the most common types of explant surgery.

  • Breast implant removal only: Desman begins by making small incisions that allow him to access the implants. If the scar tissue that has formed around your implants is thin, it may not be necessary for him to remove it as well. However, if you are suffering from capsular contracture, he will also remove this thickened scar tissue to help accelerate your healing process.
  • Breast implant removal with a breast lift: Desman may perform a breast lift alongside your breast implant removal if your breasts have begun to sag, which often happens due to age and pregnancy. He will remove excess breast skin and tighten your breast tissue to create a firmer and more youthful profile. In some cases, he may also resize and reposition your areolas to suit the new shape and size of your breasts.
  • Deflation: If your breast implants are saline, Dr. Desman may choose the non-surgical route of deflating them by removing the fluid. This relatively painless procedure takes only a few minutes, and you can get it done while you are awake and under local anesthesia. Depending on the results, you can decide whether you would like to pursue additional procedures, such as a breast lift.

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Breast Implant Removal Recovery

While recovery time from breast implant removal varies among patients, in most cases, you can expect a smoother healing process than you experienced with your original breast implant placement. However, if you’ve had a breast lift with your explant procedure, your breasts may feel tight and heavy for a few weeks.

Most women are able to return to work within a day or two, and report experiencing minimal discomfort after the surgery. If your primary goal of getting breast implant removal surgery was to address capsular contracture, you may experience more discomfort and a longer recovery period. The full recovery time of explant surgery is typically one to two weeks. Usually, you can expect to see your improved breasts around the three-month mark.

Breast implant removal scars typically heal very well, and Dr. Desman takes care to make the incisions in inconspicuous places so any scarring is mostly unnoticeable.

You will need to avoid lifting heavy objects and high-impact exercise for the first two to three weeks after your surgery. Always check with Dr. Desman before resuming your exercise routine, especially if you do strenuous activities like weightlifting or CrossFit.

As you recover from explant surgery, it will be essential for you to follow the post-surgical instructions Dr. Desman gives you, including:

  • Staying away from specific activities
  • Wearing compression garments
  • Taking pain medications as prescribed

How Breast Implant Removal Affects Your Natural Breasts

Once you’ve had your breast implants removed, your breasts may initially have a slightly deflated appearance, depending on how long you had the implants in place and whether or not you have had children. Often, after a breast explant procedure, your breasts will return to their initial shape and size over the next several weeks. If you are concerned about sagging, or wish to address the pockets where your implants were in place, you can choose to get a breast lift at the same time as your implant removal. 

Women who have had their breast implants removed can resume normal mammogram screening about two months after surgery. In most cases, there is no reason a breast implant removal patient will not be able to breastfeed a baby, since the incisions involved are not near the milk ducts.

The results of an explant procedure are permanent. As with any surgery, there are some potential health risks of breast implant removal, but you can avoid these complications if you are careful about following all your post-surgical instructions. If you decide you miss the fuller volume you had with implants and choose to replace them later, you can do so as long as you remain in good physical health.

Book Your Breast Implant Removal Consultation With Us

To schedule your breast implant removal consultation with our Virginia surgeon, Dr. Eric Desman, please email or call us at 703-982-7106 today. You can also leave your message via our online form. We’re happy to get you the insights you need whether you book a consultation with us or not.

Our goal is to provide you with the highest-quality cosmetic surgery care in the Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. region. Dr. Desman is committed to serving you through advanced training, dedication to perfection, and unmatched personal care.

You won’t be disappointed!