When it's Time for a Change
Your breast implants were never meant to last forever. In fact, it is recommended breast implants be replaced every 10-15 years. Typically in this time frame, you may decide that your breasts’ overall look needs a change. Perhaps you are ready to have your implants removed entirely. For patients in Houston breast implant removal can be performed at the office of Mark Schusterman, MD, FACS. Dr. Schusterman is a double board-certified plastic surgeon and will discuss your breast implant removal options and what to expect.
What is Breast Implant Removal?
Breast implant removal is a surgical procedure for patients who have had breast augmentation or breast reconstruction in the past and are ready for a change. In some cases, the scar tissue will need to be removed, especially if it is causing you pain. During your consultation, Dr. Schusterman will help you determine what is the best course of action, to ensure you undergo the most optimum breast implant removal Houston has to offer.
How do I know if Breast Implant Removal is right for me?
Reasons for removing your breast implants will differ for each person. Whether it’s time for breast revision surgery or if you no longer wish to have breast implants, you are a good candidate for breast implant removal if:
- You are in overall good health.
- Your weight is stable and not fluctuating.
- You have a healthy outlook and expectations about the removal surgery.
- The appearance of your current breast implants is not what you wanted, and you want them fixed.
Breast Implant Removal Procedure
While breast implant removal is an outpatient procedure, you will be under general anesthesia and need someone to take you home. Dr. Schusterman will determine the placement of your incision, which is typically around or below your areola. Your breast implants will be removed and (if this is part of your plan) new implants inserted. Your incision is then closed, and Dr. Schusterman will place a compression garment around you to help minimize swelling.
Breast Implant Removal Recovery
You may have tubes for drainage depending on your surgery, but these are temporary to help with draining excess fluid. You will receive a specific post-op surgical plan to follow to help you heal as fast as possible. Your recovery is expected to last three to four weeks, and it’s critical you don’t overexert yourself during your recovery time.
Breast Implant Removal Results
If you choose to remove your breast implants and not exchange them, you will notice your breasts have taken on a different shape. Your breasts will have less volume because the implants are no longer in place.
Schedule Your Houston Breast Implant Removal Consultation with Dr. Mark Schusterman
For all your breast implant removal questions, schedule a consultation with Dr. Schusterman today. Dr. Schusterman will assess your current breast implants and offer you personalized solutions to maintain your ideal body image.
Breast Implant Removal FAQs
Most women won’t know their breast implant is leaking. If you have saline implants, the saline is absorbed in your body and inherently won’t cause issues. You may notice your breasts look a little deflated. If you have silicone implants, it will be harder to tell if a rupture has occurred, but if you notice hardness in your breast area, you will want to see your doctor in order to determine the best course of action.
If your current breast implants are leaking or have ruptured, it’s imperative you have them removed and replaced for your overall health. Complications with breast plant removal are not common but may include: infection, numbness at the incision site, asymmetry, and persistent pain.
Breast plant removal is considered elective cosmetic surgery and generally not covered by insurance. It is best to discuss your options with your insurance provider. Dr. Schusterman offers payment and financing options for your convenience.