Removal of Breast Implants


Breast implant removal surgery, also known as an Explant, is a procedure where previously placed breast implants are removed.


There are various reasons as to why a woman may have her implants removed such as a change of mind with regards to size and shape, dissatisfaction with a previous augmentation, or just not wanting a foreign object in her body any longer; however more often than not the removal of breast implants will be as a result of an implant that has leaked or ruptured, or due to capsular contracture.


More and more women are recognising that implants no longer suit their lifestyle and are happy to return to having their natural breasts.


Breast implant removal may or may not involve the replacement of the implants, however some women want replacement of their implants in order to go bigger or smaller than the original breast augmentation with implants. A breast explant may also be combined with a breast lift due to the breasts sagging and drooping because of the stretched skin after the implant removal.


Breast implants are usually removed through the same incisions that were used for your initial breast augmentation surgery so you should hopefully not have any new scars, however Dr Lyon’s will discuss this with you at your consultation and it depends on what technique or type of implant removal you are having.


There are generally three types of implant removal. The first is where the implant is removed, leaving the capsule in, and this is the easiest option where the capsule is considered healthy and normal. This may be the option used if you are considering fat transfer or implant replacement and there are no other issues.


The commonest technique is a partial capsulectomy where part of the capsule is taken out – this may be an option for patients who require the capsule to be tested, or a complete capsulectomy where the entire capsule is removed.


The third option is to have an en-bloc capsulectomy where the implant and capsule are completely removed in one piece. This is the preferred option for those women having the implants removed due to cancer or suspected implant illness. This option also requires a longer incision and is a more involved operation, but often the only option for some women.


Dr Lyon will discuss with his patients the best option for their individual needs.

Important Note:

‘Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.’

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