Breast Explant with Fat Transfer Dallas
Breast explant with fat transfer, also known as breast implant removal with fat transfer, is a surgical procedure performed to remove damaged or unwanted breast implants. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rai offers breast explant with fat transfer in Dallas for women in need of a skilled and experienced surgeon.
Breast Explant With Fat Transfer Overview
The breast implant removal/capsulectomy is performed first. After that is completed tumescent liposuction is performed on the areas where the fat will be harvested. The fat is then processed so all the blood and fluid are removed until only pure fat is remaining. This is the fat used to fill the breasts. By processing the fat, it is more likely to make a permanent improvement in the breast.
The biggest risk with fat grafting is fat reabsorption. Not all of the fat placed in the breast will survive and therefore the fullness might go down over the course of several months to a year. Although this procedure can be combined with an explant, Dr. Rai’s preference to is do it 3 months after an explant or explant with a lift. By doing it later Dr. Rai can target where he needs to inject the fat more precisely and decrease the risk of needing a second fat transfer procedure.
Patients who no longer desire to have their implants and those that wish to remove all the capsule from their breast pocket. Patients that want fuller breasts and more volume after the implants are removed. Patients that want to fill any areas of the breast where wrinkling or creasing has occurred after implant removal.
Procedure Length: 5 hours
Anesthesia: General – fully asleep
Incision: Under the breast fold (8 – 9 cm). The old scar will be cut out. Small incisions in the areas where liposuction is being performed
Areas of Fat Harvest: Any areas of the body but typically the abdomen, flanks, back, and thighs are uses
Implants: Returned to the patient
Capsules: Sent to pathology (additional testing for CD30 and other microbiology can be run as well)
Muscle Repair: Performed at the same time as the explant
Sutures used: All dissolvable
Photos of Implants and Capsules: Provided to the patient
Post-Operative Antibiotics: None
Pain: Moderate. A nerve block will be done and a 72-hour nerve block is offered (Exparel)
Drains: One drain in each breast. Typically removed between days 3 and 5
Dressings: Ace wrap until drains are removed. Can shower on the second day after surgery. Compression binder or garment in the areas liposuctioned
WHAT TO EXPECT
On the day of your surgery, you will arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled procedure. After the procedure, you will typically recover for 45 minutes to an hour and then be discharged home. Dr. Rai has an on-call answering service and is reachable at any time should there be any questions or concerns after hours following your procedure.
There will be some swelling and bruising around the breasts and around the areas where the liposuction was performed following your breast explant with fat transfer in Dallas. The bruising will take 2-3 weeks to go away. No heavy lifting greater than 10lbs for the first several weeks. Full recovery without restrictions at 4 weeks. You will be sore in the liposuctioned areas but there isn’t any restriction on movement in those areas.
- 3-5 days for drain removal
- 1.5 weeks for an incision check
- 3-4 weeks for an incision check
- As needed after that
Cost and Payment Options
The cost of your breast explant with fat transfer in Dallas is something that will be discussed as a part of your consultation. The price of your breast explant will depend on the factors like anesthesia fees, surgeon fees, and the extent of the work required for the procedure. Our team will also go over the payment options available to you for your breast implant removal.
Schedule a Consultation
Dr. Rai is a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in breast explant surgery. Dr. Rai can provide you with the personalized care you deserve and is dedicated to ensuring our patients are fully happy with their results. Contact the Cosmetic Surgical Center today to schedule a consultation for your breast explant with fat transfer in Dallas.
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