How is it done?
The condition of your implants will determine which breast implant removal option is the best for you:
- En bloc capsulectomy: French for “as a whole,” an en bloc capsulectomy refers to the removal of the breast implant and capsule as a unit, preventing the implant from contaminating your surrounding tissue.
- Partial capsulectomy: This procedure is carried out when part of the scar tissue must be removed but not all of it. It is done to remedy the hardening of the tissue around the implant.
- Total capsulectomy: This procedure removes all scar tissue from the breast and surrounding areas. The implants will need to be removed prior to treating the scar tissue.
Why should implants be removed?
If you have the following issues with your breast implants, you may be a good candidate for breast implant removal:
- Capsular contracture: A common implant complication, capsular contracture results when the tissue around your implant hardens. It can affect the feel and look of the breasts.
- Aesthetic issues: If you are having second thoughts about the size or look of your chest, you may want to have your implants removed and replaced or simply taken out.
- Infection: Infection is not a common occurrence with breast implants, but it is possible. When it does happen, your implants will need to be taken out.
- Cancer: In most cases, a cancer diagnosis will require breast implant removal.
What is it like?
Your procedure will vary, depending on which type of breast implant removal surgery you require. Breast implant removal can generally be done under local anesthesia or twilight anesthesia and will take anywhere from one to three hours. Most are able to return home the day of their surgery with the help of a friend or family member.
Rest and recovery.
You may be fitted with drains that should be worn for two to three days, as well as asked to wear a compression bandage. Strenuous activity should be avoided; however, you can return to daily tasks within a few days. Pain medication will be prescribed to help you manage any discomfort.
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Cost of treatment
Breast implant removal may be covered under your insurance policy if you are seeking the removal of implants for medical reasons such as infection, cancer or some other condition. Implant removal for cosmetic reasons, however, may not be covered by insurance. In such a case, we have financing available such as CareCredit, which can help you rapidly get the treatment you desire.