Breast implant surgery was a big decision, so the need or desire to remove your implants can be emotional to say the least. If you’re dealing with implant complications or have made a lifestyle decision to move away from silicone or saline breast implants, our Houston breast implant removal is the way to address these concerns. Having your implants removed by a skilled and compassionate surgeon can ensure you achieve your goals without further complications or difficulties.
Houston plastic surgeon, Dr. Sam Sukkar, one of the most experienced breast implant removal specialists in Houston, can offer a comprehensive, safe, and aesthetically conscious way to remove your implants and restore your breasts and body to as close to pre-implant look and feel as possible. At The Clinic for Plastic Surgery, patients enjoy the most compassionate care and the most optimal aesthetic results that the Houston area has to offer.
Breast implant removal or explant surgery is performed in order to remove a previously placed silicone or saline breast implant due to medical necessity or if patient preferences change. Both silicone and saline implants can be removed during this surgery, and often, the same incision that was used in the original surgery is used for explant. Patients may choose to undergo this procedure soon after their original breast augmentation, or it may be many years later.
There are several reasons why patients may need or want breast implant removal. Sometimes it’s due to physical problems or changes and in other cases they may be in a different place emotionally and decide their desire for implants has changed. Reasons for explant include:
Candidates for implant removal should be in generally good health, need to correct an implant issue, would like to reduce their breast size back to their natural size, and understand the likely realistic outcomes of this surgery. This surgery is to remove silicone or saline breast implants and is not for those who have had fat transfer breast augmentation. If you'd like to find out if you'd be a good candidate for breast implant removal Houston plastic surgeon, Dr. Sam Sukkar, can address that and any other questions you have during an initial consultation. Call us today!
Dr. Sukkar will take the time to learn about your particular situation and reasons behind wanting breast implant removal. He will discuss different aspects of the surgery, like the possibility of scar tissue removal or loose skin post-surgery. If loose skin might be a concern for you, a breast lift could be performed at the same time as the explant. Dr. Sukkar and his team will ask you about your medical history and perform an examination to determine if this is the right procedure for you and lay out a comprehensive treatment plan.
Typically, this surgery is performed under general anesthesia and is done as an outpatient procedure. Dr. Sukkar will work to use the same incision from your original surgery and skillfully remove your implants as well as any scar tissue that needs to be taken as well. If a breast lift will be performed, excess skin will be removed and the breasts will be lifted and contoured. The procedure usually takes about one to three hours.
Your results should be visible immediately, but it may take two to three weeks for your skin and tissue to adjust and not appear deflated. Recovery time usually takes about three to four weeks, and you should be sure to follow all post-op instructions to ensure full healing. At about six weeks, any tenderness should be resolved and you can resume most normal activities. Your breasts may continue to adjust and settle as time goes on, for about six months or possibly longer.
Dr. Sam Sukkar, the founder of The Clinic for Plastic Surgery and a top plastic surgeon in the Houston area, has been recognized by RealSelf, Living Magazine, Patients’ Choice, and H Magazine for his exceptional work. Known for his honesty, ethics, and knowledge, Dr. Sukkar is dedicated to staying up-to-date in his field through seminars and ongoing research. He inspires a passion in his team for delivering outstanding aesthetic results and providing the highest quality patient care. Our priority is to make sure you are completely satisfied with your treatment plan, and we will take all necessary measures to ensure your comfort and happiness with the results.
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As with any surgical procedure there are minor risks of bleeding or infection. Rare risks after breast implant removal could include asymmetry, seroma in the removed implant space, or scarring.
Yes, in most cases, breast explant surgery is performed on an outpatient basis under either general anesthesia or sedation, so you will need someone to drive you home. It’s also best to have some help for about 24 hours as you recover from being sedated.
Recovery and activity restriction typically lasts about two weeks after this procedure. Some patients experience tenderness in the area for as long as four to six weeks.
In as many cases as possible, the goal is to use the same incision site that was used for your original implant surgery to prevent additional scarring, although this may not always be possible.
It’s very important after breast explant surgery to prevent excessive pressure on the breast area, so the typical recommendation is sleeping on your back with your upper body slightly elevated for two to three months.
This procedure is not recommended or safe to undergo during pregnancy or breastfeeding.
In some patients, there can be minor changes to nipple sensitivity, but they are very rarely long-lasting and typically resolve within a few months.
Many factors go into determining the cost of breast implant removal surgery including the complexity of the removal itself along with whether any additional procedures such as breast lift will be performed.
From the first time you walk into The Clinic for Plastic Surgery, you’ll know that you are in a place that cares about results. Under the leadership of Dr. Sukkar, The Clinic for Plastic Surgery has become Houston’s plastic surgery center of choice. Experience the difference for yourself by scheduling a consultation today.