can breast implants be removed through the belly button if the original surgery was done with a periareolar incision? i really do not want new scars.
Can Breast Implants Be Removed Through the Belly Button?
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Removal of Breast Implants via Trans-umbilical Approach?
I would suggest that you have the breast implants removed through the same incision line used to initially place the breast implants. I would not remove the implants through the trans-umbilical approach.
Can Breast Implants Be Removed Through the Belly Button
Going through the navel will give you a new scar. Using a scar you already have for access will not. If the implants are saline it is possible to remove them, but the trade-off as I see it is poor. If you are slender there is a small risk of having visible or palpable ridges along the abdomen. If the implant breaks (and it must to drain the fluid) it may not be possible to know if the entire shell has been removed. (If the implants are silicone it is completely out of the question because the silicone will spill within the breast and abdominal wall.)
If the same incision is used, the scar should wind up like it is now. Thanks and best wishes.
Removing intact or ruptured breast implants
The periareolar incision can minimize scarring in most patients. I would not recommend breast implant removal through the belly button.
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Scar to be used to remove implants
Certainly no one wants to add additional scars to their breasts just for the removal of implants. If implants were placed thru a periaerolar scar or thru an inframammary incision then these scars can be again used to remove the implants. You would not have a new scar - the scar you have would be used to access the implants and remove them.
Remove Breast Implants Through The Belly Button
It would be very difficult to remove the breast implants through the belly button (impossible if they are silicone). Why not go through the same peri-areolar scar that you already have? Also please be aware that after the implants are removed, you will have some droop to the breasts (since they were stretched out by the implants).
Daniel A. Medalie, MD
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