Breast explant surgery is often performed for both aesthetic and functional purposes. In many cases, issues with the breast implant itself due to implant ruptures, capsular contracture, or a variety of other potential complications require the breast implant to be removed. It is also common for the patient to no longer want breast implants for a variety of personal or aesthetic purposes.

No matter the reasons behind breast explant surgery, it is important to understand what to expect during your recovery because it will help you prepare for the process and identify any potential issues that may require professional medical attention.

When the incisions for the procedure are closed, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rai will use dissolvable sutures so you will not need to worry about having them removed. A nerve block will be used during the procedure that will provide some pain relief for around 72 hours. After this period, patients may experience some noticeable discomfort and pain. Medication will be provided to help manage any pain or discomfort to ensure your recovery goes as smoothly as possible.

Drains will be placed in each breast to help drain fluid from the area during the first few days of the recovery process. They will typically need to remain in place for around three to five days. Ace wraps will be used around the breasts until the drains are removed. Dr. Rai will remove them after this period.

Dr. Rai will check your incisions to make sure you are healing properly around one to two weeks after your procedure and again after about three weeks. If needed, additional follow-up visits can be scheduled following the four-week period.

If you are in need of breast explant surgery and would like to know more about the procedure so that you can feel as prepared as possible on the day of your surgery, contact Cosmetic Surgical Center today to schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rai.