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If you have had a previous breast augmentation and now believe that your breast implants no longer fit your lifestyle or simply wish for a new look, getting those silicone or saline implants removed may be a good choice for you. This operation can go in one of several directions that enable you to keep looking good and feeling confident. Surgical options following implant removal may include: implant replacement, fat transfer, and/or a breast lift.

Like the original implantation surgery, breast implant removal requires a surgical incision. Most commonly, the incision will be placed underneath your breast in the breast crease. If you require a breast lift as well, the implant can be removed in the same incisions that are used to perform the breast lift or mastopexy. Dr. Bajaj will remove the implant and its surrounding breast capsule. Every patient is different, so a one-on-one consultation is vital. The exact process will be described in your consultation so you can walk into the O.R. feeling comfortable and confident.

Why Get Breast Implant Removal?

While uncommon, some women may experience problems or complications following a breast augmentation – these may include: capsular contracture, implant rupture or deflation, or having an implant that is too large or too small. Removing the implant can sometimes be the best option to address these concerns.

Capsular contracture is another common complication that can occur following a breast augmentation. When the body’s immune system detects a foreign material, it will attempt to protect the patient and separate this foreign substance by forming a “capsule” around the implant. Typically, the capsule is thin and soft; however, with capsular contracture, this thin capsule can become hardened, firm and painful. There are four stages of capsular contracture according to the commonly used grading system, the Baker Scale. In some cases of capsular contracture, medications may be effective in softening the hard capsule. However, implant removal surgery, and/or capsulectomy, may be necessary.

Rupture and subsequent deflation may occur for different reasons, including the age of the implant or certain types of trauma. Deflation as a result of a rupture is an issue women may experience after having a breast augmentation. While we wish we could give you a lifetime guarantee, like most man-made devices, implants are not meant to last forever. Like all manufactured devices, breast implants can deflate or fail in some way within several months or several years of the initial surgery.

Both silicone gel-filled implants and saline-filled implants are susceptible to rupture or leakage. Although leaks can sometimes take years to be felt by the individual, there are some symptoms that may suggest this problem. These include shrinking or swelling of the breast in question, and any odd sensations like pain, numbing, tingling, burning, etc.

Not all breast implant removal surgeries are performed due to issues related to the implant. Some women who undergo breast augmentation surgery may find that they no longer desire the larger breast size provided by the implants. As women, our bodies change with child-bearing and weight fluctuations. When these changes occur, some women will feel that their breast implants no longer fit with their lifestyles. Under these circumstances, Dr. Bajaj can perform implant removal surgery to restore natural breast size with or without complimenting breast procedures, depending on your aesthetic desires.


Next Steps

Breast Implant Removal Options

Fat Transfer

If you choose to have implant removal surgery, fat transfer may be an option for you. Typically, fat is removed from another part of the body using liposuction and injected into the breast. A portion of this injected fat will develop a blood supply from the surrounding tissue and “take” thereby increasing breast size. Since not all of the injected fat will “take”, this option is better for women desiring only a small increase in size. Also, some women may require more than one fat grafting procedure to reach their desired size. This process eliminates the risk of future problems like capsular contracture, as the substance being used to replace the implant your own fat.

Breast Lift

It is also possible to combine your implant removal with a breast lift procedure to help restore the breast shape. Performing a breast lift will relocate your nipple-areola complex so that it is centered over the breast mound and help alleviate breast ptosis or sagging; however, it will not increase breast size.

Implant Replacement

For patients who prefer the look and feel of silicone or saline-based breasts, the removed ones can be replaced with new implants. These implants have the same possibilities for complications as the original implants, but if an explanation is necessary Dr. Bajaj can consult with you to determine whether re-implantation will work best for you.


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