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Your breast implant Explant/Removal will be performed using either general anesthesia or local anesthesia depending on the complexity of the surgery.
The procedure is most often conducted in an outpatient setting and takes an average of two hours, sometimes longer if a Mastopexy/Breast Lift is required. Some surgeries require an overnight stay or longer if infection or reconstructive surgery is involved.
After the aesthetic is administered, your surgeon will place a small incision along the scar created during the original Breast Augmentation procedure. The implant will then be removed, (deflated first if made of saline).
At this time (a new Breast Implant will be inserted if you are re-implanting) if not your Surgeon may or may not perform a Capsulectomy and or a Mastopexy/Breast Lift.
Capsulectomies are very useful in removing thickened, hard scar tissue that forms what is referred to as a capsule around a prosthetic device such as a breast implant. The capsule is made of three components, fibroblast, collagen and blood vessels. The reason of the capsular contracture and the increased capsular scar tissue is not specifically known. However, it may be associated with the possibility of a micro infection of staph, epidermis staph aureus or some other type of bacterium.
There’s normal lining called the capsule that develops after augmentation, and if this capsule stays enlarged there’s never a problem and the implant freely flows throughout the implant pocket. However, sometimes the capsule itself can shrink wrap and that shrink wrapping cause the implant to feel firmer or look higher or have an abnormal shape. “Capsular Contracture” A capsulectomy therefore is just the actual incision and removal of that scar tissue. In any case, whenever a capsulectomy is performed, the word “ectomy” means to remove the scar tissue.
Mastopexy (breast lift surgery) may also be conducted in order to help alleviate any changes in appearance caused by removing the breast implant.
There are three types of breast droopiness, also known as breast ptosis. Breast lift surgery is effective in treating mild, moderate, and severe instances of ptosis:
- Mild: nipple is level with the crease
- Moderate: nipple is below the crease
- Severe: nipple is at the lowest point on breast and points downwar
Most patients can return to non-strenuous work after 10 days. Strenuous work or exercise should not be resumed until at least 3 to 4 weeks have passed, and sexual activity should be avoided for a minimum of 1 to 2 weeks. After that, you should continue to be extremely gentle with your breasts for at least the next several weeks. As with all surgery, it is important to understand that these guidelines can vary widely based on the patient’s personal health, the techniques used, and other variable factors surrounding the surgery. Any severe pain should be reported to
Ptosis of the breast refers to drooping or sagging of the female breast. The cause of ptosis was unknown until recently. Many women mistakenly believed that the breast itself offered insufficient support and that wearing a bra can prevent sagging. Many also believed that nursing increased sagging. Research has shown that ptosis is a natural consequence of aging, though the rate at which a woman develops ptosis depends on many factors.
Breast ptosis is influenced by heredity which determines skin elasticity, breast size, and the balance of adipose and glandular tissue. Over a woman’s life, the primary influencing factors on sagging are cigarettesmoking, a woman’s body mass index (BMI), her number of pregnancies, her breast size before pregnancy. Ptosis can also be increased by weight gain because increased breast size contributes to ptosis.
Plastic surgeons categorize the severity of ptosis by evaluating the position of the nipple relative to the infra-mammary fold. In popular culture, this normal process is referred to as “sagging” or “drooping”, while plastic surgeons refer to it medically as ptosis.
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