Breast Implant Removal

Even though the vast majority of women who get breast augmentation are happy with the results, some of them ultimately choose to undergo breast implant removal surgery. In Houston, TX, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Camille Cash uses her extensive training and experience to perform this specialized and complex procedure.

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Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

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Before & After Breast Implant Removal Case 397 View #1 View in Houston, TX
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Implant Removal + Lift #397

This patient is seen here before and 9 months after removing her implants and performing a breast lift.
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Breast Implant Removal Case #331

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Breast Implant Removal

This patient 75 year old patient had undergone an initial breast augmentation in 1988.  Over the course of 26 years, she had undergone multiple revision surgeries to try meeting her desired size and to improve symmetry.  We discussed her options and goals and she confidently decided on having her implants removed without replacing them. ... Read More
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Capsulectomy, explant, and secondary breast lift

This patient is seen here before and 5 months after a capsulectomy, removal of saline implants, and a secondary breast lift.  Several years prior, she had undergone a breast augmentation with saline implants with perioareolar insertion.  Several weeks prior to surgery, I performed a simple implant deflation at my office with just local... Read More
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Implant removal + Capsulectomy + Lift #409

This patient is seen here before 11 weeks after surgery.  Her procedure began with the removal of 350cc saline implants, overfilled to 550ccs and a partial capsulectomy.  I used an auto-augmentation technique to convert her own tissue into upper-pole fullness (enhanced-mastopexy) to complete her makeover. Read More
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Explantation with Ruth Graf Auto-Augmentation Mastopexy Lift

This is a 32-year-old female who presented with a “double-bubble” deformity and glandular ptosis (sagging) of her breasts following a Breast Augmentation years earlier with a different surgeon.  To achieve the results seen here, I performed an explantation and restored a natural appearance to her bust by utilizing a Ruth Graf auto-augmentation... Read More
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Breast Implant Removal plus Breast Lift

This patient had undergone a Breast Augmentation with silicone implants and then 3 years later had her first child which resulted in a distortion and unnatural look to her chest.  The results of her initial Breast Augmentation were further complicated due to a recent diabetes diagnosis which led to additional weight fluctuations on top of changes... Read More

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

Reasons for Removing Implants

A woman’s decision to have implants removed is one that’s extremely personal. Dr. Cash understands that and is sensitive to the uniqueness of each patient’s case. The reasons for removing breast implants vary considerably and generally fall into one of the following categories:

Change in Lifestyle and Goals

Our lives and bodies change over time and occasionally women decide that breast implants don’t fit their lifestyles. A woman who decided to get breast augmentation in her early 20s may believe that she is now more comfortable without implants. Women who become more active may feel like large breasts make it uncomfortable to participate in certain sports or exercising.

Unsatisfactory Results

A woman may discover that the outcome of breast augmentation surgery doesn’t live up to her expectations. It may be that she thinks the implants feel or look unnatural or that she gets unwanted attention.

Complications

Risks associated with breast augmentation are relatively rare, but they do exist. Complications can develop within a year or 2 of breast enhancement surgery, or 10 or 20 years later. The most common complication is capsular contracture, which occurs when scar tissue that naturally develops around the implant capsule begins to tighten. In moderate to severe cases, the tightening can be painful and create an unnatural appearance.

Other concerns include:

Breast Implant Illness: Women with implants concerned about a range of symptoms associated with autoimmune or connective tissue diseases believe removing their implants will improve their health. Breast Implant Illness (BII) is not an official medical diagnosis and there is currently no diagnostic testing specifically for BII.

BIA-ALCL: Breast implant-associated anaplastic large-cell lymphoma, or BIA-ALCL, is an extremely rare condition that is a form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma that’s been linked to textured breast implants. It is not breast cancer. Some women with these types of implants are choosing to remove them, even though they haven’t been diagnosed with this condition. Dr. Cash can answer patients’ questions about this condition.

Other aesthetic or medical complications: Again, these are rare occurrences that can be corrected with either revision surgery or breast implant removal, depending on the patient’s goals.

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Implant Removal Procedure

Breast implant removal surgery is more complex than breast augmentation and you should choose a plastic surgeon who is experienced in performing this type of procedure. The specialized nature of the surgery is due to the presence of scar tissue, which forms around the implant capsule. Dr. Cash performs implant removal surgeries using a general anesthetic for her patients and the procedure can take 1 to 3 hours. Some patients, especially those who’ve had implants for a long time, may choose to combine a breast lift with the implant removal surgery. Implants stretch the skin and removing the implants can result in deflated, sagging breasts.

Surgery begins with Dr. Cash making an incision in the same location used for the breast augmentation procedure.

Basic Explantation

The simplest breast implant removal procedure is to simply remove the implants, leaving the capsule of scar tissue behind. This requires a small incision to remove the implants.

Implant Removal with Capsulectomy

Another technique for removing breast implants is to remove the breast implants via a small incision below the breast, then remove the scar tissue capsule. This requires more time than a basic explantation procedure.

En Bloc Capsulectomy

The most invasive technique used for implant removal is called en bloc resection, which involves removing the implant and the fibrous capsule that form around the implant as one.

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Cost of Implant Removal in Houston

As with most plastic surgery procedures, a specific price quote is only possible after an in-person consultation to determine the extent of surgery needed. For example, the cost of the procedure may change if a breast lift is included as part of the surgery.

Recovery

You can expect to need a couple of days off from work after implant removal surgery. Swelling is normal and should resolve on its own after a few days. Dr. Cash provides detailed post-op instructions that should be closely followed to minimize any risk of complications. There is typically less discomfort after getting implants removed, compared to what you probably experienced after augmentation surgery. Most patients return to their normal daily activities within a week or 2 of their procedures.

If you’re looking in the Houston, TX, area for a breast implant removal specialist, request a consultation using the online form to discuss your options with Dr. Cash. Or call our office at (713) 571-0600 to schedule an appointment.

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