While there are millions of women worldwide with breast implants, not everyone wants to keep their implants forever. There are many reasons which may lead one to the decision, on medical or personal grounds, to remove breast implants.
Reasons to remove breast implants
• The breasts are too big
• Shape deterioration from sagging
• Implant rupture – around 10% over 10 years
• Implant capsular contracture-around 10% over 10 years causing breasts to go hard and misshaped
• Concern regarding implant safety
• Concerns regarding breast implant Illness
What is Removal of breast implants with breast-Lift (mastopexy) Surgery?
Also known as breast explant surgery with capsulectomy, breast implant removal will result in the breasts being smaller. It may be possible to explant (remove) implants or remove and replace implants if sagging has not occurred.
If sagging has occurred, then a lift (mastopexy) may be required to regain breast shape. In this case, explant, capsulectomy and breast lift (mastopexy) is one option or alternatively removal and replacement of the implants, capsulectomy and breast lift (mastopexy) is an option. Dr Drielsma will discuss these various options with you to help find the right option for you.
In Dr Drielsma’s experience with breast lifting (mastopexy), he will usually advise that, lifting without breast implants may be a more suitable option. Using this approach, whereby the natural breast tissue is preserved, it is more common to achieve a desired result.
Bilateral Explant surgery with Capsulectomies is usually a 2.5 hour operation with a 1 night’s hospital stay.
Bilateral Explant surgery with capsulectomies and breast lift (mastopexy) is a 4.5 hour operation with a 1 night’s hospital stay.
Bilateral removal and replacement of implants with capsulectomies and breast lift (mastopexy) is usually a 5 hour operation with a 1 night’s hospital stay.
Below are before and after photos of explant and breast lift (mastopexy) without using implants performed by Dr Drielsma.
All surgery carries risks. Individual results may vary. You should seek a second opinion from a Specialist plastic surgeon before proceeding with surgery. Dr Drielsma is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon.
Contact our team for further information or explore our gallery below!BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS
Click on the images below to view before and after photos of explant surgery with lollipop pattern breast lifting (mastopexy).