What is Breast Implant Removal?

What is Breast Implant Removal? | Las Vegas | Bullhead City | LaughlinFor women who are unhappy with the outcomes of their breast augmentation or those who experience complications with breast implants, saline, and silicone breast implant removal plastic surgery is an effective option.

If the original breast implant was done incorrectly, breast revisions surgery might become necessary. The breast implants may become constricted or displaced due to improper placement or because of pressure from scar tissue.

The procedure may also be required if the implants deflate or rupture due to an injury or a defect in the implant itself. In addition, breast implants may need to be removed in case an infection develops. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Bryson Richards provides breast implant removal to patients in Las Vegas, NV, and surrounding locations.


What to Expect During Breast Implant Removal Surgery

Prior to breast implant revision surgery, the surgeon will understand the reasons for the patient’s breast implant complications and advise them on a course of action. If the patient chooses to have their saline or silicone implants replaced with a more appropriate type of breast implant, the replacement will be performed during the breast implant removal surgery.

In case the patient chooses not to have their implants replaced, the surgeon will advise them about plastic surgery options, such as a breast lift, which can be undertaken at the time of the surgery. 

The procedure is performed using general anesthesia or IV sedation. The surgeon will place an incision in one of the following areas to access the implant: right beneath the armpit, around the areola, under the breast fold, or, in exceptional cases, through the navel.

In many cases, the incisions for breast implant removal are the same as the ones used during the original breast enhancement surgery. Besides the breast implant, the surgeon will usually extract scar tissue during surgery.


Removal of Saline Breast Implant 

In saline implant removal cosmetic surgery, the surgeon may deflate the implant prior to removing it, which will enable easier removal. After the implant has been removed, the surgeon may eliminate scar tissue from previous breast enlargement surgery. 

The placement of new implants or breast lift surgery will be undertaken as soon as the primary implant is removed. The surgery itself takes between 30 to 45 minutes, and the patient will remain in the hospital for a few hours after the procedure for observation purposes.


Removal of Silicone Breast Implant

In silicone implant removal surgery, as a ruptured silicone implant may have gone undetected, the surgeon will manually check the implant for any indications of distress or rupture before its removal. This enables the surgeon to reduce any risks associated with breast implant removal procedure. 

The removal of the implant may be more complex than the original placement, especially if the outer shell is foam-covered or textured. At times, the adjacent muscle and tissue will be removed in addition to the implant. 

The length of the removal procedure will depend on whether there are other procedures being undertaken simultaneously. Patients undergoing breast implant revision surgery or breast implant removal should be able to resume work within one week. Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Bryson Richards receives patients from Las Vegas, NV, and nearby areas for breast implant removal surgery.

If you would like more information on cosmetic surgery procedures and treatments performed by Las Vegas, Nevada plastic surgeon, Dr. Bryson Richards please contact us at 702.870.7070

Taking new patients from Las Vegas, Bullhead City,  Laughlin, Pahrump, Mesquite NV and surrounding areas.

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