What is the Downtime for Breast Implant Removal?

I would like my implants removed, they are hard and unnatural looking. what is the down time? the implants are under the muscle. What is the ball park cost of this?

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What is the Downtime for Breast Implant Removal

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Thank you for the question. Breast implant removal recovery surgery is usually almost painless and associated with a faster return to activities compared to the breast augmentation procedure.  The procedure can be done under local or general anesthesia depending on the circumstances of the specific patient.
What your breasts will look like after explantation  depends on several factors such as: the quality of skin elasticity (the better the elasticity the better the skin will bounce back),  the size of the implants used (the larger the implant the more trouble you may have with redundant skin), and the amount of breast tissue present at this time (which may have changed since the time of your breast augmentation). 
Life experience since your breast augmentation procedure, such as pregnancy or weight gain weight loss, will  potentially influence the factors discussed above. If you take these factors into consideration and apply them  to your specific circumstances you may get a good idea of what to expect after the implants are removed.
Best wishes.


San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Downtime and cost to remove implants

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The fees will vary around the country and depending upon what needs to be done.  A capsule will add more complexity. FIgur about $5000 in NYC and recovery is a few days to a week or so to return to light work duty.

Steven Wallach, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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Costs of breast implant removal and explantation

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Depending on who performs the surgery and where under what anesthesia, the costs will vary from $500- 4000. Your implanting surgeon is likely to make the most appealing offer. Activity is typically limited for 2-3 weeks.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Breast implant removal

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First be sure you realy want your implants removed.Understand all the consequences of explantation prior tp surgery, shape, size of the breast after explantation. and potential deformity from scaring and scar contracture.

Discuss your options

Explantation of severly encapsulated implants require removal of implant and removal of capsule. This is much involved surgery and depends on where the implant is located. You may have a drain for few days. If the implant is under the mscle then you may have more pain, longer recovery.Give yourself atleast 3-4 weeks for full recovery provided you have no complications.

You should have a thorough discussion with your Board Certified plastic Surgeon, prior to surgery. Meet your Plastic surgeon 2-3 times before the surgery. Be prepared to pay for the surgery atleast as much as the first surgery if not more

Samir Shureih, MD
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Recovery from Breast Implant Removal

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There is little downtime / recovery with simple breast implant removal.

However, if the implants are encased in a hard capsule as yours may be, the implants are best removed with most of the scar tissue to prevent a chronic fluid collection. This is a slightly bigger operation requiring temporary drain placement. Most women can return back to work a week after surgery and to normal activities 304 weeks after the operation.

Peter A. Aldea, MD
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Breast Implant removal

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You may be having what is known as capsular contracture.  That is when the scar tissue or the capsule around the implant beocmes hard, deforming the shape of the breast.  If you have no pain, you can just remove the implant.  If you do have pain, you may need to have a capsulectomy as well.

Siamak Agha, MD, PhD, FACS
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