What Is Breast Explant Surgery

Breast explant surgery involves the surgical removal of silicone or saline breast implants. This procedure—which is also referred to as breast implant removal surgery—aims at restoring a patient’s original breast shape and size. Dr. Mazaheri may also decide to perform a capsulectomy, which involves removing scar tissue that has formed around the implants.

Top 3 Reasons People Have Their Breast Implants Removed

While patients have various reasons for wanting to have their breast implants removed, the following three are the most common:

  1. Implant Complications: Some patients suffer from capsular contracture. This condition occurs when scar tissue forms around the implant and hardens, causing discomfort and often pain.
  2. Implant Dissatisfaction: Other patients simply aren’t happy with the way their breast implants look and feel. Implants can become misshapen due to pregnancy, age, breastfeeding, and weight change.
  3. Health Concerns: Although rare, some patients develop what’s called breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). This is a type of cancer that forms in the scar tissue surrounding an implant and is most common with textured implants. Other health concerns include calcium building up around the implant and implants leaking or shifting.

Patients can choose to either replace the removed breast implants with new ones or no longer have implants. According to The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, breast implants should be removed or replaced every 10 to 15 years.

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How Will Explant Surgery Affect My Breasts?

Patients should expect their breasts to look and feel different after undergoing explant surgery. In addition to reduced breast size, there is a potential for:

  • Sagging breasts
  • Loose skin
  • Excessive wrinkling
  • Downward-pointing nipples and areolas
  • Indentations

If you’re concerned about having sagging breasts after explant surgery, consider scheduling a breast lift with Dr. Mazaheri. This procedure would add volume to your breasts.

Breast Explant Surgery in Scottsdale, Arizona

Before booking a breast explant surgery with Dr. Mazaheri, we recommend first scheduling a consultation with him. This is the perfect opportunity to ask questions and address any concerns you may have about the procedure—including what to expect from recovery. We look forward to meeting with you soon.

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