Is it safe to have saline implants drained before explant?
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Drain saline implants first.
Is it safe to deflate saline implants before explantation?
Safe to have saline implants drained before explant?
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Deflating saline implants
The procedure is very simple, and the edges of the deflated saline implants can be a little uncomfortable with folds poking you on the inside, but it is not anything major. There is always the possibility that bacteria or fungus has grown in the saline, but I have only heard one surgeon describe this as being a significant risk (it is kind of her unique niche and not something other surgeons have typically recognized). I think the benefits are there if the surgeon is unsure your result will be adequate with just removal. If you have a nice shape, a fair amount of your own tissue, and your implants aren't really big, it probably isn't important. If your surgeon is recommending it, they may want a preview of your result to be sure you will both be happy with the expected outcome.
Best of luck,
Safe and necessary
Deflation of a saline implant before implant removal
Draining saline implants before explantation
Please make an in-person consultation with a ABPS board certified PS to evaluate you and discuss your options.
Hope that helps and best wishes!
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Deflating saline implants
Deflating saline implants can be a great tool. It's simple, not painful, and can be done in the office .It's very safe.
If you're certain that you want your implants out and do not want new ones, you may not need to take the step of deflating and could simply have the implants removed.
If you're not sure if you want new implants or not, you're not sure how much breast tissue you really have, or are on the fence about other breast procedures, it may make sense to deflate. It also makes sense to deflate if you plan to have new implants but want to downsize. Deflating will help the pocket shrink so new implants aren't sloshing around too much.
After deflation, the breasts often look a little funny, but over the next few weeks, the tissue remodels and you'll have a much better idea of how your breasts look without implants. Some women then choose to get new implants or fat grafting, while lots of others realize that they're OK with the size and shape and decide not to have more implants. At that point, the empty envelopes can be removed with a minor office procedure.
Saline Implants - drainage before implant
- Removing saline from your implants makes sense - if there is a good reason to do it.
- Most often, one implant deflated, the other is full but the woman can't have implants exchanged immediately.
- Another reason - the woman wants different sized implants, but doesn't know what size she has.
- It is usually better not to deflate an implant - because the pocket around it will start to shrink - so more extensive surgery is needed when the implants are replaced.
- The chief risk of deflation is introducing infection into the implant.
Best wishes - Elizabeth Morgan MD PHD FACS
Draining saline implants prior to exchange/removal
There are many benefits:
1. Often woman don't know what size implant they have, or they are unsure how much they want to increase/decrease implant size after surgery. Once the implants have been drained it is very easy to figure out what size implant we want to put back in.
2. When women want to decrease the size of their implants, draining them before surgery helps to discover how the skin will respond after the implant size reduction (e.g. will a lift be necessary)
3. After the implant is drained the capsule will decrease size (contract) over time. This is very useful when downsizing implants, because less suturing will be needed to decrease the capsule size.
Hope that helps!
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