Breast Implant Removal

Breast implant removal is a surgery to remove breast implants.

  • Call Your Doctor

    Call your doctor if any of these occur:

    • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
    • Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or discharge at the incision site
    • Nausea and/or vomiting
    • Pain that you cannot control with the medicines you have been given
    • Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
    • Pain and/or swelling in your feet, calves, or legs
    • Rash or other new symptoms

    If you have an emergency, call for medical help right away.

  • Definition

    Breast implant removal is a surgery to remove breast implants.

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  • What to Expect

  • Reasons for Procedure

    Breast implants may be removed because of complications, such as:

    • Ruptured or deflated implant
    • Visible wrinkling or rippling of the implant
    • Hardening of the implant
    • Reactions to the implant
    • Uneven appearance of breasts
    • Persistent breast pain following insertion of implants

    Women may also need to have implants removed for breast cancer treatment.

    The implants may also be removed for cosmetic reasons.

  • Possible Complications

    After the implants are removed, the skin will look loose. Another surgery is usually needed to lift the breasts and adjust the tissue and skin. Another option is to have the old implants replaced with new ones.

    Your doctor will review other potential problems, like:

    • Adverse reactions to anesthesia (such as, light-headedness, low blood pressure, wheezing)
    • Soreness in throat
    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Bleeding
    • Blood clots
    • Infection
    • Pain
    • Scarring
    • Change in the sensation and appearance of the breast
    • Emotional distress due to the change in body image
    • The need to have additional surgery (for example, to remove the scar tissue capsule surrounding the implant)

    Smoking may increase your risk of complications.

    Talk to your doctor about these risks before the procedure.