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Implant Removal Philadelphia

Breasts can be a source of confidence for women. Many women, though, are unable to take pride in their appearance because of their breasts. Women may feel that their breasts sag or are the wrong size for their frame. Patients come to the practice of Eric A. Marchant, MD in the Philadelphia area for breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction, and breast implant replacement surgery.

Other names for Breast Implant Removal

Breast Implant Removal without Replacement

Capsulectomy

Procedure Expectations:

Breast implant removal can be a simple procedure depending on the implant type and the amount of time the patient has had implants.

Breast implant removal can often be performed via the same incision as the original placement.

Procedure Limitations:

Breast implant removal can “deflate” the look of the breast.

Breast implant removal sometimes needs to be performed in conjunction with removal of the scar capsule around the implant.

There are situations where the incision used for placement cannot be used for removal.

There are also situations when the patient will need to have drains placed during surgery.

Surgical Time:

Thirty minutes to three hours

Restrictions:

Breast implant removal patients should refrain from any aerobic activity and lifting over 10 lbs for three weeks. Most patients return to more sedentary jobs within one to two weeks.

Breast implant removal surgery can be performed for various reasons. If a woman has a painful scar contracture around her implant(s), she may opt to have the capsule and implant removed without replacement. This is called a capsulectomy. Some women have had their time with breast implants and are ready to take them out due to demanding physical activities or advancement of age. If a breast is soft and the patient has no physical complaints, saline implants are very easy to remove. Sometimes older silicone gel implants take some finesse to remove to avoid gel contamination. Capsulectomy is typically performed in this case- especially with silicone gel implants that were placed 10+ years ago.

There is also an expected amount of droop to the breast once implants have been removed. Typically, the larger the implant, the more the “deflation” and droop of the breast once the implant is removed. Some patients request a breast lift as well during the removal surgery. This is a conversation that Dr. Marchant will have with the patient at the consultation so that the patient is prepared for a change in the size and shape of the breast once the implant is removed.