Most people who undergo breast augmentation surgery don’t consider the possibility of them being removed in the future. In addition to needing timely replacements, dependent upon the material used in the implant, some women may later make the decision to have them removed altogether.
The surgery is a cosmetic procedure that removes implants or alters the size and shape of them. Sometimes, calcium can build up, the breast area can become infected, or the tissues surrounding the implants may die. The implants may rupture, fold, or deflate, as well. Furthermore, some women just make the personal choice to have them removed, even if there are no complications. Regardless of the reasoning, the procedure is still a surgery that comes with certain risks, and the procedure should be fully understood before proceeding.
This surgery requires a patient to be put under general anaesthesia. Depending on the person, the procedure typically lasts a couple of hours. There are several different techniques that your Arizona surgeon may use: implant removal only, removal with breast lift, and deflation. Talk about your options and your goals with your doctor to ensure the best results for you. Some patients are able to go home a few hours post-op.
Recovering from a breast implant removal surgery will vary from individual to individual. However, most surgeons agree that recovery from this procedure is easier and goes more smoothly than the initial implant surgery. After undergoing surgery, the breast area will be sore and swollen, so taking it easy at home and avoiding lifting anything is important, especially to ensure that the stitches do not tear open. Most patients are able to return to work within a week, and scars typically heal to an inconspicuous degree after a course of three to four months. While they fade, they will never disappear entirely. To minimize visibility and ensure proper healing, follow the surgeon’s post-op care routine diligently.
While any surgical procedure is serious and should not be taken lightly, going with an experienced, well-trained board certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Meger will reduce many of the risks of undergoing a procedure. For any questions or for more detailed information about the three types of breast implant removal surgery, talk to your doctor and set up an examination and assessment.