How Long Do Muscles Reattach After Breast Explantation?

After a woman has been explanted (unders), how long does it take for the muscle to reattach where it has been cut? Also, if the crease line incision scar tissue adheres to the muscle, what can be done to fix that?

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After Implant Removal and Muscle Re-attachment

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The muscle really doesnt re-attach. What happens is that the capsule where the implant was adheres back down to the chest wall and this capsule has the muscle attached to it. So yes the muscle adheres back down to the chest wall, but not to where it used to be, it will be higher up. Really this does not affect you in any way cosmetically as there is tissue and skin over this area and the muscle is not very thick, specially after years of breast augmentation.

Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Breast implant removal and re-attaching of the muscle

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The ability of the muscle to reattach dependis in part on the contraction of the implant pocket and return of the tissues to their original positions. Scar massage helps to mobilize tissue and re-establish normal tissue planes. This can take upwards of two years.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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The pectoralis muscle will reattach almost immediately after implant removal.

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Breast implant removal is almost always very easy.  If the muscle is removed from under the pectoralis and if there has been no silicone gel spillage, the capsule can remain.  The muscle will stick to the chest wall almost immediately in most cases.  I place a couple of dissolvable stitches anchoring the muscle to the chest to hasten and ensure reattachment.

Typically- 7-8 Weeks

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Muscle reattachment following breast implant removal is dependent upon multiple variables.The most important variable is the extent of the original submuscular pocket dissection.When muscles are aggressively detached during surgery, they take longer to heal.

In most cases, the muscles are minimally detached along the medial border of the sternum; the muscle separation along the inframammary fold tends to be more significant.After explantation, these muscles tend to heal with scar formation to the surrounding chest wall structures.This happens over the course of the seven to eight weeks in most cases.In most cases, patient’s have relatively normal chest wall muscle function following explantation surgery.

If you’re concerned with chest wall function following breast implant removal, it’s important to discuss these issues with your surgeon prior to your surgical procedure.Your surgeon should be able to answer all of your questions and formulate a treatment plan that’s appropriate for you.

Muscle attachments

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The muscle that was divided to place the implants sub muscular will not re-attach after implant removal.

Does muscle reattach after impalnt removal

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After implants are removed the muscle never erally atttaches back where you cut it, but it wil lie flatter on the chest.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Status of muscle after breast implant removal

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The status of your muscle after breast implant removal is dependent on the size of your previous breast implants, how long they remained in this site, and how much of the muscle was released during the initial breast augmentation. In our practice, we typically release the pectoralis muscle only on the inferior edge and a very minimally along the chest bone. This will keep the entire muscle intact and will prevent problems with contraction and an abnormal appearance of the breasts. If your muscle has been excessively released, there may not be sufficient muscle or tissue to repair. Your plastic surgeon may attempt to repair the muscle by trying to sew a portion of the muscle and capsule back to the chest bone. However, it is difficult to have this tissue is very thing and will not hold suture securely.

Muscle re-attachment after Breast Implant Removal

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To be able to have the implants come as close as possible on the chest, the origins of the Pectoralis major muscles are divided. The implant subsequently acts as a splint which stretches the muscles forward and prevents their reattaching to the same location on the chest wall. Instead, a thin bag of scar tissue - the capsule forms around the implant ,including under the muscle and over the former divided muscle origins. When we remove implants, there is no sense it attempting to re-attach these muscle to their original site which by now is covered with the capsule since it will not change muscle function.

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon

The muscle is not usually "repaired"

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Every case is different but to try to reattach the muscle where it was caut may not yield the result you are afetr. Remember, depending on how long your implants were in place, the muscle has stretched and may not benefit from sewing it down. On occasion the scar can adhere down after explant and revision surgery is sometimes required and may be able to be achieved with local anesthesia.

Dr Edwards

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