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Yes. Removal of breast implants under local is very common and most patients prefer this method. Conscious sedation (oral or IV) can be done, but you can also do it under straight local without sedation. The cost varies depending on the region and surgeon, but is generally around $2,000.
Thank you for the question.
If all that is being done is removal of the implants ( no capsule work) then they may be safely and comfortably removed under local anesthesia for a relatively calm patient. I generally individualize the type of anesthesia to be used based on the specific patient's personality and situation.
Anesthesia can vary for breast procedures and while I prefer a general anesthesia for most breast procedures for patient comfort, saline implant removal can be done under sedation and local anesthesia. I do like to remove some of the capsule to allow the pocket to close and a also place a drain to prevent fluid collection.
Without capsules to deal with, local anesthesia is safe, easy, comfortable, and least expensive! Of course, personal examination would be necessary to confirm the surgical as well as anesthetic approach. Local plus IV sedation would require a driver, but may be the most comfortable option of all short of (unnecessary) general anesthesia. Best wishes! Dr. Tholen
Simple implant removal could easily be done with oral sedation and local. Regional rib blocks and oral narcotics with Valium would be adequate. If your capsule is calcified it should come out and sometimes that could make it a little tricky. But your mammograms would help determine that.
It is quite possible to remove implants under local with some sedation. If there is a capsule as well, it can be removed as well. Best of luck.
If the only treatment will be removal then the use of local anesthetic for removal of saline implants is appropriate.
yes we typically do this for saline under local with just a shot of numbing medicine in the incision! All the best, "Dr. Joe
From your description, it sound like you could have your implants removed easily - and even with only local anesthesia, since is sounds like you do not require a capsulectomy.
When the capsule is hard and requires removal, then you would need general anesthesia. It is also possible to deflate your saline implants in the office for you to see if you want to live without them. Once the saline has absorbed, and you live with the new smaller size, you may realize you want to have them replace, usually with the gel style.
Thank you for your question! Depending on your and your plastic
surgeon's comfort level with surgical procedures via local anesthesia, it
certainly is a safe procedure and can be done via local only or a little sedation. It is
difficult to answer about the appearance of your breasts
without a photo or examination. Removal of your implants alone will create a
smaller breast with somewhat similar shape. Discuss your concerns with
your plastic surgeon and the possibility for a breast lift, either at
the same time or at a later date, if deemed necessary. Many times drains are placed as well as compression garments used postoperatively. Cost varies among surgeons as well as geographic location. Best wishes!