Breast explant surgery is a procedure in which breast implants are removed or replaced. There are various reasons why those who have undergone breast augmentation surgery may opt for a breast explant procedure.

Patients may choose to remove their implants because they no longer like the augmented look, they have a problem with their implants (like leakage or rupture), or they are experiencing medical issues (breast implant illness). Those who have recently been diagnosed with breast cancer may also choose to undergo breast explant surgery.

It is important to note that breast implants do not last a lifetime and often need to be replaced or removed every ten to fifteen years.

Who Is a Good Candidate for This Procedure?

You may be an ideal candidate for a breast explant if:
• You are experiencing discomfort and/or pain from your implants
• Your breasts are too heavy
• Your implants have a leak or rupture
• You suffer from symptoms that are consistent with breast implant illness
• You no longer like the look of your breast implants

Before the Procedure

During your breast explant consultation, Dr. Rai will ask you about your medical history and any medications you take. He will ask you about any previous surgeries you’ve had and will examine your breasts. Dr. Rai will also discuss the best course of treatment for you and talk to you about any risks involved.

Breast Explant Surgery

Before your breast explant surgery, you will be administered general anesthesia. The length of this procedure can take anywhere from one to four hours.

After Dr. Rai removes your implants, he will close the incisions with stitches and place bandages over the incisions.

The Recovery Process

Recovering from breast explant surgery is different for each person. Be sure to always follow Dr. Rai’s instructions as closely as possible, as this will help streamline the recovery process and minimize the risk of complications.

Typically, you will experience some swelling, bruising, and discomfort after your surgery. Dr. Rai may prescribe medication to help you deal with the pain. These side effects are normal and are only temporary.

Swelling should start to decrease after 48 hours.

Generally, you can return to work two to three weeks after your procedure; however, you should discuss your individual recovery plan with Dr. Rai. Do not do any heavy lifting or strenuous activities until Dr. Rai gives you the okay to do so.

Scheduling Your Breast Explant Surgery

If you are unhappy with your breast implants and think you could benefit from a breast explant, contact the office of Dr. Rai today. Dr. Rai is an experienced surgeon who will answer any questions you may have about this procedure.