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Breast Implant Removal is a common procedure performed to either decrease the size or to make room for new implants.
Reasons for Considering Breast Implant Removal:
- implant leakage or rupture
- capsular contracture
- change of size and shape
Breast implant removal may be necessary to treat problems that occur with the implants that include shifting, implant wrinkling, deflation or rupture, and asymmetry.
Other reasons can center around the body's reaction to the implants which include the body's reaction to the implants which can include:
- bleeding, infection
- diagnosis of breast cancer
- the formation of scar tissue that tightens around the implant (capsular contracture),
- formation of dead tissue around the implant, which may prevent wound healing
- calcium deposits
The breast implant removal procedure usually takes 30 minutes to an hour and takes place in our Nashville outpatient surgical center. Operating through an incision in the inframammary fold (under the breast) or the peri-areolar incision (through the nipple), surgeons carefully remove implants. If the implant is made of saline, doctors may choose to deflate it first to facilitate removal. Breast implant removal is done under either general anesthesia or local anesthesia combined with IV sedation.
Recovery from breast implant removal surgery is usually quick, with many patients returning to everyday activity within a few days and full activity within two to three weeks. Full recovery often takes a few months. For the first few days after breast implant removal, there may be mild discomfort, swelling and bruising. Some uncommon, but possible, complications include: loss of nipple sensation; scarring; bleeding; and loose skin.
More Info On Breast Implant Removal
To get the best results, it's important to go to a doctor who is experienced in breast lifts and other reconstructive procedures. Dr. Stephen Davis FACS is a board certified plastic surgeon at Green Hills Plastic Surgery in Nashville and is extremely experienced in breast implant removal and reconstructive surgery. To schedule an appointment or if you have questions please call our office at 615-327-7407. We proudly serve Nashville, Tennessee, and the surrounding communities of Brentwood, Franklin, Hendersonville, Clarksville, Spring Hill and Columbia.