Breast implants can improve a woman’s aesthetic appearance. However, if such structures are ill-fitted or become damaged after insertion, the recipient could experience pain, disfigurement and, in severe instances, systemic illness. When these unfortunate circumstances arise, said subjects might need to undergo a procedure known as breast implant removal surgery.
Aesthetic plastic surgeon, Dr. Robert Meger, who serves the residents of Phoenix and surrounding Arizona cities invites prospective recipients to read the following brief blog providing an overview of this surgical intervention.
The surgical procedure is divided into several steps. During the first phase, the intended recipient is administered anesthesia. Typically, either general anesthesia or intravenous sedation is applied. The second stage of the intervention, the performing surgeon makes an incision in either the breasts lower fold or adjacent to the areola. The third phase is the operation. Specific employed surgical techniques will depend upon several different factors, such as breast size, the specific type of implants and if any other complications are present. Finally, the incisions will be closed using materials like from adhesives and sutures.
The most optimal candidates are those who have either experienced or at increased risk of implants leaking or rupturing, have felt or continue to experience increasing pain, notice an unusual feeling of heaviness or in whom scar tissue has become pronounced. In general terms, subjects likely to not make good candidates include those who are overweight, smoke or have been diagnosed with any serious underlying illness.
When performed by an experienced surgeon in a well-equipped medical facility, most recipients do not suffer any complications. However, common associated risks include bleeding, scarring, infections, numbness, asymmetry and skin discoloration.
The Recovery Process
After surgery, the recipient may need to wear a support bra designed to keep post-operative swelling to a minimum. Additionally, surgeons might insert small tube-like structures known as drains to collect blood or other lingering fluids that accumulated during the procedure. Upon leaving the hospital or clinic, patients will be given specific instructions on how to expedite the recovery process in addition to prescriptions for pain and infection-fighting medications.
Contacting Dr. Meger
Individuals who feel they might be good candidates for breast implant removal surgery are encouraged to contact Dr. Meger, who can perform a thorough evaluation and determine the most appropriate course of action.