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The procedure is performed by placing incisions in the same location as the original augmentation, removing the implant carefully and meticulously closing the incisions. Women who are experiencing hardened or painful breasts due to the development of an excess of scar tissue around the implant (capsular contracture), the scar tissue is also removed.

There are multiple options for breast implant removal surgery:

  • Women who want to remove their implants and have no cosmetic problems.
  • Breast implant removal with capsulectomy for women who need the implant and scar tissue removed. 
  • Breast implant removal with replacement to create larger or smaller breasts.
  • Replace older implants.
  • Replace ruptured implants.
  • Breast implant removal for aesthetic problems regarding the position of the implants.
  • Breast implant removal and lift with or without fat grafting.

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How is breast implant removal performed?

Breast implant removals are performed in a surgical center or hospital. The surgery is performed with the patient under general anesthesia and administered by a board-certified anesthesiologist. The technique used for your breast implant removal in San Antonio will be determined during your pre-operative consultation with one of our surgeons and depends on the size and shape of your breasts and the incisions used in augmentation. 

If possible, we will use the previous incision when in the breast crease. The length of the surgery also depends on the size and shape of your breasts and if there is a thick, restricting capsule must be removed. All your incisions are closed with sutures that dissolve with no need to remove stitches later. You are free to return home the same day as the surgery, under the care of another adult.

After your surgery, your breasts are protected by a compression garment, which you need to wear for about six weeks.

If you need drains, they usually stay in for one week. Depending on the incisions needed for your breast implant removal, it is recommended that you do not wear a bra with an underwire until our surgeon advises.

What can I expect during my consultation?

  • During your initial consultation with your surgeon at Hill Country Plastic Surgery, we will discuss your concerns and goals regarding breast implant removal. Feel free to bring pictures of how you would like your breasts to look after surgery.
  • Once we identify your concerns and surgical goals, we will discuss all the treatment options that are available to you. Every patient is unique, and we will develop a tailored surgical plan that addresses your specific goals. In addition, we will thoroughly review your medical history, surgical history, medications, allergies, family medical history, and other important details such as your family breast cancer history. It is very important that we obtain accurate information in all these areas as it may impact the outcome of your surgery. If you have had a recent mammogram or other breast imaging, please have it sent to the office prior to your first appointment with your surgeon.
  • While discussing different treatment options, we will examine your breasts and take measurements of your breasts and evaluate your skin quality and the location of your nipples and areolas to help us plan your surgery. Pre-operative (before surgery) photos will be taken either at your initial consultation, or during your pre-operative visit.
  • After your consultation, you will receive access to your notes on the patient portal in addition to  information about your specific surgery. If you have not activated your patient portal, this can be done at your appointment by asking any of our staff to assist you. If you have questions after your appointment, you can contact our office or message us through the patient portal. Some patients will require medical clearance from their primary care physician or a specialist or additional tests before undergoing surgery.

Once you have determined that you would like to have surgery and have completed any clearances or tests that were requested, contact our office at (210) 658-3555 to schedule a pre-operative appointment with one of our surgeons.

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Breast implant removal FAQs

What happens to my breasts after I remove my implants?

How do I know what my breasts will look like without the implants?

What happens to my breasts after I remove my implants?

This depends on multiple factors including how long the implants have been, where in the breast they were placed, how large the implants are, and the quality of the skin and tissue.

How do I know what my breasts will look like without the implants?

Your surgeon will be able to discuss predicted outcomes after surgery. If you have saline implants from breast augmentation, in-clinic deflation before surgery is an option to allow the skin and breast tissue to contract.

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