Who Is in Need of Breast Explant Surgery?
There are several reasons why patients undergo breast explant surgery in Dallas. These can be categorized as medical or personal reasons. Women may need to get their breast implants removed if they develop leaks or lead to complications. Others want to have breast implant removal because their priorities or personal preferences have changed.
Reasons for Breast Implant Removal
There are certain conditions that necessitate removal of breast implants. Over the years, the scar tissue around the implants may harden in a process called capsular contracture. Capsular contracture can cause pain and discomfort in the breasts, since it compresses the implant. It can also cause asymmetry, since the shape of the breasts may change due to the tightening scar tissue.
Also, implant leakage or infection must be promptly treated to prevent further complications. Breast implants are recommended to be removed or replaced after 10 to 15 years. This is due to the fact that the implant wall can weaken and increase risk of rupture or leakage.
You may also need implant removal if you develop breast-implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). This illness is a form of cancer that usually occurs for patients who have textured implants. It forms around the scar tissue of the implant and can spread to the lymph nodes if not detected and treated in its early stages.
If breast augmentation surgery is not performed by an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon, there is greater risk of complications and patient dissatisfaction. If placed poorly or incorrectly, breast implants can shift in position or change shape. The overall balance and symmetry of the breasts can be affected; thus, a removal of the initial implant is recommended.
Over the years, patients may also have undergone changes in their lifestyle or personal preferences. Disproportionately large breast implants may cause discomfort or pain in the shoulders, neck, and back if they are too heavy. Pregnancy and breastfeeding can also alter the appearance of the breasts. Even significant weight changes can have an impact on breast implants, resulting in the need for a breast explant surgery.
What Happens to the Breasts After Surgery?
After removal of the breast implants and affected tissue, symptoms of capsular contracture like pain and discomfort should be reduced. If you have large implants, you will likely experience relief of pain in the neck, back, and shoulders. Quality of life can be significantly improved. Mammogram results will also appear clearer without breast implants.
However, the breasts may droop, sag, or look misshapen due to the change in volume. There may also be changes in sensation around the nipple. Some patients may opt to combine a breast lift (mastopexy) with breast implant removal to reshape the breast tissue and achieve aesthetically pleasing contours without their implants.
Find out more about breast implant removal and whether you are a good candidate for this surgery—contact the Cosmetic Surgical Center to schedule your one-on-one consultation today. We will provide you with helpful information and answer any questions you may have.