Breast implant removal is an uncommon procedure unless a patient is having an implant replacement or exchange but is occasionally performed in conjunction with a breast lift or mastopexy in patients who would prefer not to have to follow or maintain their implants. It should be carefully customized to suit the needs of patients individually.
At the Bengtson Center for Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery, we offer breast implant removal in Grand Rapids and the surrounding communities. Our breast implant solutions can help you achieve your desired results, including reduction, revision, or removal of current breast implants.
Patients may opt to have breast implants removed for a number of reasons, including aesthetics, comfort, increased scar tissue, or the age of the current implant. Our bodies never stop changing, and with pregnancy, childbirth, hormonal changes, and weight fluctuations, the appearance of your breasts may shift over time. We use specific techniques to remove the implants and as much as the scar tissue we can safely help reduce future scarring and can combine other augmentation or contouring techniques to ensure the final result is natural-looking and attractive.
Breast Implant Removal Procedure
The goal of a breast implant removal is not only to excise the implants, but also to remove any hardened tissue and, if indicated, tighten the skin to avoid any sagging or loose skin with a mastopexy. The breast implant removal procedure will be similar to the original surgery, and patients will be advised of any health concerns and risks prior to undergoing treatment.
Dr. Bengtson & Dr. Alfonso will follow the natural contours of the body and any original incision line to reduce visible scarring. During your consultation, Dr. Bengtson will review your unique case and gain an understanding of why you are undergoing a removal procedure. From there, he will explain the best method of treatment to help you achieve the desired results.
To be eligible for plastic surgery, you must be in good general health, be a non-smoker, and have a stable weight. Patients should have realistic expectations and discuss any risks or concerns with Dr. Bengtson. He will be able to tell you if breast implant removal is a viable option.
In most cases, if a patient was able to get the breast implants, there will be a good chance they can successfully get a removal. In many cases, it is necessary to remove a ruptured or leaking implant that can be determined preoperatively with our High-Resolution Ultrasound system. For patients who need to have their current implants removed but still wish to keep the look they had, the surgeon may recommend a breast implant exchange using our state-of-the-art devices.
A successful breast implant surgery is meant to last for many years but is typically not permanent. Most patients can expect to need to replace or remove their breast implants as anything man-made should not be expected to last a lifetime.
Our current approach is: “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it”. If you are doing well and the Ultrasound of your implants show them to be intact, we usually recommend following up in our practice at the Bengtson Center every other year or if your breast changes over time. Some patients may decide they no longer like the shape, size, or silicone material of their implants and want to change to something else without removing them completely. In these cases, a breast implant exchange is an option. The procedure will go exactly the same as a removal surgery, except your surgeon will place a new implant in your breast before closing the incisions.
Is Breast Implant Removal Painful?
Plastic surgery can be a big commitment. For patients who have made the decision to get breast implants in the past, considering undergoing another procedure to have them removed can be difficult to make. If you are no longer happy with your implants or you have experienced a complication, breast implant removal surgery can be a great choice.
Many women opt to visit their original surgeon, however, this may not always be an option. Patients in Grand Rapids who are looking for a reliable, experienced, and friendly plastic surgeon can visit Dr. Bengtson at the Bengtson Center for Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery. We use careful techniques and follow the original incision whenever possible. Dr. Bengtson uses anesthesia to ensure patients feel no pain or discomfort during the surgery. Medication can be prescribed to manage any postoperative pain.
A patient can undergo a breast implant removal procedure for a variety of reasons. In many cases, some complications, such as hardened scar tissue, a silicone leak, or rupture will necessitate removal.
For others, their aesthetic desires have changed, or they have fluctuated in weight, causing their breasts to change in shape or size. Patients may consider an implant removal or exchange if they are unhappy with the current look or feel of their breasts.
If you begin to feel the breasts tighten, harden, or become heavier, this may also be a reason to consider implant removal. Talking to a board-certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Bengtson can help you determine whether this procedure is right for you.
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Plastic Surgeons Dr. Bengtson and Dr. Alfonso, along with the team at the Bengtson Center for Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery, provide advanced surgical and cosmetic treatments for patients from Grand Rapids, Birmingham, Detroit, and Kalamazoo, Michigan.Fees & Financing