Breast Implant Removal Surgery – Explant & Enbloc in Melbourne & Sydney
Breast implants have a “shelf life” of approximately 10 years. Some women decide they no longer want implants and decide to have their implants removed.
Breast implant removal surgery is also known as explant surgery. It is a complicated procedure so it is important to consult with an experienced plastic surgeon (like Dr Richard Sackelariou) before proceeding with the operation. Below, we will discuss what you should consider if you are thinking about breast implant removal.
It’s not uncommon for women to want a breast lift after implant removal because of sagging or other problems related to the implants themselves.
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What are some things to consider before Breast Implant removal surgery?
One of the most important things to consider before having breast implant removal surgery is your health. Make sure you are in good health and have no underlying medical conditions that could complicate the surgery. Breast implant removal is a major operation, so it’s important to be as healthy as possible before undergoing surgery.
Types of implant removal
Another thing to consider is the way you will have your implants removed. Breast implant removal can be done in the following ways: Capsulectomy (either full or partial) and en bloc capsulectomy.
- Full or Partial capsulectomy
- Full Capsulectomy – the surgreon will completely remove the scar tissue along with the implant, the scar tissue is commonly removed in pieces.
- Partial Capsulectomy – during this procedure the surgeon will remove some of the scar tissue, leaving the rest to break down in the body naturally.
- This method is usually only used if;
- The patient insists
- There are problems with the implants
- Or, if a patient has a lot of scar tissue.
- En Bloc Capsulectomy
- En Bloc is a french term that means “As a whole”
- It is the most complex type of implant removal surgery.
- This procedure removes the scar tissue capsule that incases the implant from the breast in one piece.
- This type of removal is common for patients that have had an implant rupture.
- It is also used on patients that are concerned about Breast implant illness (BII) or implant toxicity.
What can you expect during Breast implant removal recovery?
One vital thing to consider is the recovery time for this type of surgery. Breast implant removal usually takes around one hour, depending on the technique used. You will most likely have to stay in the hospital overnight or at least several hours. This is so the doctors can monitor your recovery from anaesthesia and make sure everything is as it should be.
As with all invasive surgery, you should expect some swelling and bruising. It’s also important that you don’t do any overly strenuous activities during your initial recovery (approximately 4 weeks).
Recovery after explant is often easier than recovery after en bloc. Patients that undergo significant scar tissue removal will likely experience higher levels of discomfort during the initial recovery stage, however, it is often easy to manage with pain medication.
What is the Cost of Breast Implant removal in Melbourne and Sydney?
Before surgery, it’s important to consider the cost. Breast implant removal can be expensive depending on where you live, your surgeon’s fees, what type of procedure your surgeon recommends (explant or en bloc) and much more.
Breast implant removal surgery is a complicated procedure, but it can be life-changing for women who have had problems with their implants. Make sure you consult with an experienced plastic surgeon before making any decisions about having your implants removed.
Many Plastic Surgeons don’t advertise a set price for Plastic Surgery. This is due to the fact that there are so many variables. Every patient is different and therefore the approach to their procedure and the procedure itself must also change depending on the individual and their needs. These changes all impact the cost. If you are considering Breast Implant removal you should organise a consult with your surgeon, it is during this consult that they can give you a quote for the procedure.
Why do Women choose to have their Breast implants removed?
There are many reasons women choose to undergo Breast implant removal surgery. Some of the most common reasons are;
- Unhappy with the way implants have affected them and their lives.
- Having implants is no longer important,change in priorities change.
- No longer want to undergoing unnecessary surgery
- Complications from having implants;
- Breast pain
- Capsular Contracture
- Implant rupture
- Bottoming out
- Breast implant Illness – BII
Can i have a Breast Lift after implant removal Breast?
Yes. Breast lifts are often necessary after implant removal in order to restore breasts shape and position on the chest. The extent of the breast lift will depend on the degree of sagging that is present.
Do you have to have a breast lift when you have implants removed?
No, you don’t. However, thanks to time and gravity your implants will most likely have stretched your skin. That’s not even considering any other lifestyle factors that can affect the appearance of your breasts (pregnancy, breastfeeding and significant weight fluctuations). If you choose to just remove your implants you will likely have breasts that have excess, sagging skin. This can be hard to accept for many women.
Can you undergo breast implant removal and lift at the same time?
Yes, the procedure can be done simultaneously (it can also be done separately). This is something you will discuss with your surgeon during your consultation.
Do you have other choices when undergoing Breast Implant removal?
Yes. During your consultation with your surgeon, they will assess your situation and discuss what you hope the outcome will be. Depending on the individual your surgeon may suggest you undergo;
- Breast implant removal, on its own.
- Breast implant removal with a breast lift
- Or, Breast Implant Removal with Fat Grafting
If you would like to discuss your options with Dr Sackelariou you can contact us today to organise a consultation.
About Dr Richard Sackelariou Plastic Surgeon
Dr Richard Sackelariou MBBS FRACS(Plas) is a Specialist Plastic, Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgeon in Melbourne, Victoria and Sydney, Australia.
He is a highly sought-after Plastic Surgeon for precision procedures like nose reshaping, tummy tucks and breast surgery including transaxillary incision methods, implant removal/replacement and Breast Lifts.
Although he is particularly known for his signature surgeries (neck lift, facelift and eyelid rejuvenation procedures), he also performs expert cosmetic injections for facial rejuvenation.
Patient’s love his caring manner, his dedication to excellence and his extensive expertise in surgical planning for a natural-looking, harmonious result.
Book a Consultation with Dr Sackelariou in Melbourne or Sydney. A caring discussion with a Plastic Surgeon about all your options can really help. The best thing is to start with a phone enquiry and consider having a Consultation with Dr Sackelariou.