Breast Implant Removal (Explant Surgery)
When breast implants are implanted into the body, they are recognised by the body as foreign. The bodies immune system produces scar tissue or a capsule that surrounds the implant. This capsule is a living, active membrane which is called a biofilm where the bodies immune cells and bacteria are found.
Breast Implant Removal (Explant Surgery) Gold Coast
Breast Implants Removal/Enbloc/Breast Lift
These cells may cause chronic inflammation which can result in pain, swelling and hardness of the breasts.
A low grade lymphoma of the capsule called ALCL is a rare complication and Breast Implant Illness where patients experience systemic problems of chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia , brain fog and many others may occur in a small subset of susceptible woman.
The Lotus Institute and Dr Widdowson have extensive experience with breast implant complications .These include implant rupture, capsular contracture, ALCL, capsulitis ( inflammation of the capsule ) and Breast Implant Illness.
Where indicated by the patients problems, a total removal of the capsule and implants with or without implant replacement in an en bloc technique can be performed.
All tissues are sent for extensive pathology investigations.
Attention is then drawn to reshaping the breast which may include uplift (mastopexy) .
The important aspect of the technique is to perform a TOTAL capsulectomy (capsule removal) to allow the body and chest pocket to start afresh and allow the immune system to heal and reset itself.
Dr Widdowson and The Lotus Institute staff treat their patients with breast implant complications with their usual care, compassion , and skill.
They also offer the latest techniques in breast implantation insertion with the most modern breast implants with smooth and nanotextured implants.
Breast Implant Images
Below are images of actual implants, post-removal.
Reasons for breast explant surgery
Breast explant surgery, otherwise known as breast implant removal surgery, can be required for several different reasons, including:
- Relief from discomfort — Some women may experience discomfort or pain from their breast implants, whether it’s back, neck or shoulder pain. Breast explant surgery can help relieve these symptoms.
- Improved appearance — In some cases, breast implants can cause visible rippling, wrinkling or other noticeable irregularities beneath the skin. A breast explant can help improve the breast’s overall appearance and restore a more natural contour.
- Reduced risk of complications — Breast implants can sometimes cause complications such as a rupture, leakage or capsular contracture. A breast explant can reduce the risk of these complications and associated health risks of Breast Implant Illness.
- Cost savings — Breast implants are not permanent and may need to be replaced every 10 to 15 years. Breast explants can save women the cost of future implant replacement surgeries and associated expenses.
Please be mindful that breast explant surgery is a personal decision and should be carefully considered after discussing the risks and benefits with a qualified plastic surgeon. Sometimes, there may be sagging or loose skin after implant removal, in which case we would recommend a breast explant and lift to improve the overall appearance of the breasts.
Book your breast explant surgery at The Lotus Institute
At The Lotus Institute, our team is led by our highly trained, experienced plastic surgeon Dr Peter Widdowson with over 30 years of aesthetic surgery enhancement under his belt. If you live in a regional area and can’t attend your consultation at our Gold Coast clinic in person, we can arrange a phone or video consultation with our Doctor to make things easier.
After your breast explant surgery, you can count on our nursing and patient care staff to be there every step of the way and ensure you have a speedy recovery. If you have any questions, contact our team, who are happy to assist.
Do breasts go back to normal after implant removal?
When breast implants are removed and not replaced, the breasts may return to their pre-augmentation size and shape. The exact appearance of the breasts after implant removal will depend on several factors, including the amount of breast tissue present before the surgery, the length of time the implants were in place and the age and skin elasticity of the patient.
In some cases, there may be sagging or loose skin after implant removal, particularly if the implants were large or in place for a long time. In these cases, we may recommend a breast implant removal and lift to improve the appearance of the breasts.
Overall, the results of breast implant removal will vary from person to person, and it’s important to discuss your goals and expectations with a qualified Plastic Surgeon. And who better than The Lotus Institute’s very own Dr Peter Widdowson, with a background of over 30 years in aesthetic surgery enhancement.
What do I need to know before booking a consultation for a breast implant removal ?
All clients considering cosmetic surgery will be required to provide a GP Referral to their Plastic Surgeon, as a result of new guidelines for cosmetic surgery released by AHPRA (The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency). All clients will also need 2 consultations with their Surgeon before the surgery, including one face-to-face consultation. There must also be at least seven days between your face-to-face consultation with your Surgeon and your procedure.
How long is recovery after implant removal?
Recovery time after implant removal can vary depending on the specific circumstances of the procedure and the individual’s overall health. The recovery period may generally last several weeks to a few months.
After the breast implant removal, the individual may experience some discomfort, swelling and bruising around the area where the implant was located. Pain medication and cold compresses can be used to manage these symptoms.
It is important to avoid strenuous activities or heavy lifting for at least 4 weeks after the implant removal surgery to allow the body to heal. The individual should also follow any specific instructions their surgeon provides regarding wound care, such as keeping the area clean and dry and changing dressings as needed.
Additionally, the length of the recovery period can depend on the reason for the implant removal. If the implant was removed due to an infection or other complications, the recovery period might take longer as the body may need more time to heal from the underlying issue.