After undergoing breast augmentation surgery, some women choose to have the implants removed for various reasons. While some women want to have them taken out completely, including en bloc removal, some desire having them replaced. These women may choose the surgical removal of their breast implants, which is available for residents in and around Cleveland, Akron and Canton from board-certified plastic surgeon Steven S. Carp, M.D. of Carp Cosmetic Surgery Center in Green and Beachwood, OH.
Who Is Breast Implant Removal For?
Of the many reasons why women choose to have breast implants removed, the following are some of the most common:
- The removal is for legal or medical reasons.
- Women want to change the shape or size of their breasts.
- They want the implants to feel more natural, so they switch from saline to silicone.
- The current implants are causing complications such as capsular contracture.
- Their age, weight, or breasts are changing, such as when they become pregnant.
- Patients with certain Allergan breast implants, associated with the Allergan recall.
Some women just want to remove the breast implants, while others decide that new implants or a combination of a breast lift and implant removal is a better solution. Dr. Carp works with each woman to determine her needs and recommend a procedure that will give her the best results possible.
What is Breast Implant Illness?
Breast Implant Illness (BII) is a term used by women with breast implants who describe a variety of symptoms including (but not limited to) fatigue, chest pain, hair loss, headaches, chills, photosensitivity, chronic pain, rash, body odor, anxiety, brain fog, sleep disturbance, depression, neurologic issues and hormonal issues that they believe are the result of their saline or silicone, textured or smooth breast implants.
BII is not an official medical diagnosis. There is no diagnosis code at this time.
The recent increase in patients reporting Breast Implant Illness (BII) symptoms may be related to social media. As of 8/2019, one Facebook group had more than 86,000 members, all of whom self-reported Breast Implant Illness (BII) symptoms. This is not to say that social media is the cause of Breast Implant Illness (BII), however, the communication on social media may account for the rapid increase in patient reporting. At this time there are patients with implants from all manufacturers with all surface textures (including smooth), and with both saline and silicone fill who have self-identified as having BII.
If you are concerned, we are happy to speak with regarding issues or symptoms you may be experiencing. You may choose to have your breast implants removed. During the removal process, the implant will be taken out. Breast implant removal is also an option for those who choose to have their implants removed before any complications sets in.
Preparing for Your Breast Implant Removal Surgery
So that you are better prepared and more knowledgeable about what to expect from breast implant removal surgery, Dr. Carp will give you an in-depth explanation of the process during your personal consultation. The discussion will occur in our comfortable office in Green, Ohio. Dr. Carp will also thoroughly assess your needs, give you specific recommendations, and work with you before surgery to ensure that you understand what will happen and the type of results you can expect. He will also summarize the process and discuss incision techniques during this time.
About Breast Implant Removal
Dr. Carp performs breast implant removal at Carp Cosmetic Surgery Center as an outpatient procedure. It usually involves general anesthesia and could take one or two hours to complete. If you request extra procedures to be performed during the implant removal, the length of the surgery may be extended.
The incisions for breast implant removal surgery are usually made in the same place as the initial incisions to reduce scarring. If there is scar tissue around the implant, Dr. Carp may need to remove it as well. When silicone implants are being removed because of ruptures, the surrounding silicone could also be eliminated during the removal surgery. Dr. Carp will also discussed the option or need for en bloc removal of the breast implant and the capsule.
- Breast Implant Removal Recovery
You might experience mild discomfort following the surgery, which is effectively managed with oral medication. Swelling and bruising is also common around the incisions and subsides within a few days. Plan to relax at home for the first two days after the procedure, during which time you will wear a comfortable surgical bra with adjustable straps.
After the first few days, a majority of women are up and about, no longer need oral medication, and can resume normal activities. However, you must avoid heavy lifting, exercise, and other strenuous activities for three weeks. Expect to be more tired and sore at the end of the day during the first week if you do return to work. Take the whole first week off, however, if your job involves a lot of upper body movement.
Breast Implant Removal Results
Results from breast implant removal can be seen right away and continue to improve during the following weeks as the body heals. If you are unhappy with the results, Dr. Carp can talk with you about options such as a breast lift or new implants to improve the overall appearance. No more procedures are needed if you are happy with the results.
How Much Does Breast Implant Removal Cost?
Breast implant removal is considered to be elective, so most insurance providers won’t cover the costs. To help make breast implant removal affordable and accessible for everyone, Carp Cosmetic Surgery Center offers financing options. We also accept cash, personal checks, and major credit cards.
Breast implant removal is a personal decision that should be made between a woman and her doctor. To learn more about it in the Akron, Cleveland and Canton area, contact Carp Cosmetic Surgery Center in Green Uniontown or Beachwood, Ohio to set up a consultation.