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Breast Implant Removal

Many women who undergo breast enhancement surgery assume that the implants will last a lifetime. However, this is not always the case. There are many reasons to seek breast implant removal or replacement, such as changing your mind about breast size or removing an implant that has caused health complications.

Is breast implant removal right for me?

Breast implant removal is a form of revision surgery for women who already have breast implants. This procedure may be right for you if you have experienced negative effects as a result of your breast augmentation surgery. Many women undergoing implant removal do so because they are unhappy with the current post-surgical size or shape of their breasts. For instance, you may wish that you had opted for a larger or smaller implant. In such situations, patients may opt to have their current implants replaced with a different size, shape, or type of implant; the implant can also be removed without replacement. In other cases, the implants are removed because they have caused health concerns such as implant rupture or excessive scar tissue around the implant.

How much does breast augmentation reversal cost?

Breast implant removal surgery in the West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens area usually costs between $3,500 and $6,000. These costs can vary widely depending on the reason for the procedure, whether the existing implants are being replaced with a new pair, and other factors.

How involved is the breast implant removal procedure?

Breast implant removal surgeries require general anesthesia, and usually takes two to three hours. If the implant has caused health concerns such as infection or excess scar tissue, the surgery to remove the implant may become more involved. In general, surgeries involving removal of the breast implants are more straightforward than those involving immediate replacement with a new pair of implants.

West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens area women find that the breast implant removal process is much the same as the initial breast augmentation surgery. New incisions will be made along the original incision lines, enabling the surgeon to remove the implants from the chest. The remaining natural tissues are sculpted into natural-looking contours, and the incisions are closed with sutures.

How long is the recovery after breast implant removal?

The recovery following breast augmentation reversal is much the same as it was for the original breast augmentation procedure. West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens area patients can expect to spend one to two weeks away from work and other activities. During this time, side effects such as bruising, swelling, soreness, and tenderness are common.

What should I do next?

Breast implant removal is appropriate for women with breast implants who are unhappy with the aesthetic result of their breast augmentation surgery, or who have experienced medical complications as a result of their implant. If you are considering implant removal, call Dr. Kapp today at (561) 833-4022 or fill out our online form for your consultation.