A breast implant is a prosthesis used to change the size, form, and texture of a woman’s breast; in plastic surgery, breast implants are applied for post–mastectomy breast reconstruction; for correcting congenital defects and deformities of the chest wall; for aesthetic breast augmentation; and for creating breasts in the male-to-female transsexual patient.
There isn’t a lot of information out there on Breast Implant removal/Explant, we are about informing you of your options. I urge you to trust your instincts and know your body, do your research and ensure you’re in the right hands before you undertake explant surgery.
Do not assume that just because the doctor is a plastic or cosmetic surgeon that they are trained and experienced in cosmetic breast augmentation and implant surgery they have experience in explant surgery. They may never have performed the procedure before!
Explant Surgery, or breast implant removal is a surgical procedure to remove existing breast implants, and not replace them. This surgery will alter the shape and/or fullness of a woman’s breasts. The surgeon removes silicone, saline or alternative composite breast implants from under the chest muscles or breast tissue. At the time of surgery the explant surgeon may do a capsulectomy and perform a breast lift.
After your surgery is complete, you will begin the recovery process. It’s important that you take good care of yourself during this time to ensure that your body has time to heal and look its best. Read on to learn what to expect in the days and weeks following your surgery.
Types of Breast Surgery
There are several types of breast surgery, each of which can be customized to address the precise needs and goals of the individual patient. The most commonly performed types of breast surgery include: breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction, breast reconstruction, removal of the breast in order to treat breast cancer, breast implant revision, and EXPLANT surgery.
All breast implants will eventually break, but it is not known how many years the breast implants that are currently on the market will last. Studies of silicone breast implants suggest that most implants last 7-12 years, but some break during the first few months or years, while others last more than 15 years. What happens when the contents spill into your body?