Getting breast implants is a big step toward reshaping your body. For many women, this procedure can provide a tremendous boost in confidence, causing them to feel much happier about their bodies. However, for unfortunate few, this procedure can cause complications. Implant removal surgery is often needed in cases where an implant becomes damaged or when surgery is botched.
Here at Turner Medical Arts, we’re staffed by expert plastic surgeons who can address a range of surgical complications, not the least of which are breast-related. Dr. Alain Polynice is the one to see if you’ve had a bad experience in the past or have suffered an implant injury. Dr. Polynice can perform implant removal surgery and help you get your desired body. Now, let’s explore the situations where an implant removal is needed and what the procedure entails. You can schedule an appointment at our Santa Barbara office for more information.
How is Implant Removal Surgery Performed?
Before we get into the why, let’s talk about the how. Many people have serious concerns about surgical procedures of any kind. In particular, having a second surgery after a bad augmentation can cause a great deal of anxiety. Dr. Polynice wants you to be fully prepared for the procedure and will explain the process and what you can expect during your initial consultation.
In brief, the surgery is performed under general anesthesia. During the procedure, incisions will be made around the areola or under the lower fold of your breasts. Then, the implants will be carefully removed and replaced. Stitches or tape will be used to close the incisions. A breast lift procedure may be performed as part of this procedure if needed.
Situations When Implant Removal is Necessary
There are several reasons to have your breast implants removed and replaced. Some are medical and may even be life-threatening. Others may be for aesthetic reasons. In either case, if you are unhappy with your augmentation procedure, breast implant removal may be a good decision.
- Your implants are old – Most implants have a lifespan of 10-15 years; after that period, complications tend to arise and become more frequent. Therefore, removing and replacing your implants may be necessary, especially if you’ve noticed irregularities.
- The appearance of your implants has changed – Breast implant shape can be altered for several reasons, including age, breastfeeding, pregnancy, and weight fluctuations. In these cases, you may want to remove the implants and replace them with a different pair that better suits your look.
- You have breast cancer – Breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) is rare cancer that occurs in scar tissue around an implant. This disease is commonly associated with textured implants. Regular checkups are needed to ensure that you don’t develop this serious condition.
- Your implant is leaking – If your implant is ruptured or leaking, you will likely notice some changes. These changes include breast shape and size alterations, along with increasing pain, firmness, and swelling over a period of weeks. A rupture can also cause capsular contracture. In some cases, you may not notice any symptoms (something referred to as a “silent rupture”).
- You have Breast Implant Illness (BII) – In rare instances, you may develop a condition called BII. There is no clear consensus on how or why this issue occurs, but some doctors speculate that it can be due to an autoimmune response. Common symptoms include fatigue, joint and muscle pain, anxiety, memory problems, and sleep disturbances.
How to Get Help for Breast Implant Concerns
If you are experiencing any of the issues above and need help, our team is here for you. Dr. Polynice can meet with you at our Santa Barbara office to evaluate your condition. Breast implant removal can be conducted here if a leak, rupture, or other complication is found.
This straightforward procedure can safely replace or altogether remove implants that are no longer desired. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Polynice by calling (805) 962-1957 or filling out the form below.