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Removing breast implants

When it’s time to remove your breast implants, Dr. Courtney can help you achieve the look that brings you confidence in your life journey. Whether your ideal figure is sleek or sexy, Dr. Courtney works with you to map the steps to create the figure you envision and a stunning first impression. For expert breast implant removal in Houston, TX, contact us to speak with Dr. Courtney.

Should you have your breast implants removed?

For many women, their relationship with their implants is love at first sight. The 32,218 ratings on RealSelf average a 98% “Worth It” rating. Why would you remove them? If you love your implants and they are working for you, don’t even worry about removal. Keep enjoying enhanced breasts. Women choose to remove their breast implants for a range of personal reasons, including:

  • A change in lifestyles, such as engaging in vigorous sports or exercise
  • Health concerns
  • Implant type change
  • Change in size of implants to larger or smaller
  • A complication such as capsular contracture, implant displacement, or infection
  • Concerns about breast implant illness or BIA-ALCL
  • Implant rupture, leak, or deflation
  • Breast sagging that after pregnancy or weight loss
  • Asymmetry
  • A desire to return to natural breast size

Each patient is unique. We’ll work with you to find out why you want to remove your implants and to explore options for exchange or replacement. If you’re removing implants without replacing them, a breast lift can restore the lifted, rounded look of youthful breasts.

Your options after implant removal

You can expect honest, accurate guidance from Dr. Courtney during your consultation. Our patients rave about how Dr. Courtney listens with such open-minded compassion and the comfort they feel in asking questions about the various issues associated with breast implant removal. These procedures can ensure you have a beautiful figure, no matter your age, weight, or circumstances.

Breast implant removal only

Removing only the implants is a quick and relatively straightforward procedure. An incision is created, typically in the breast crease, and the implant is then meticulously removed. Patients with saline implants may be candidates for implant draining before removal, allowing a smaller incision. Some patients receiving implant removal only can have the procedure done under local anesthesia in the office.

Implant removal with capsulectomy

The capsule is a scar tissue coating that forms around the implant and pocket. These tissue capsules develop around every implanted medical device, including pacemakers and artificial joints. When the implant removal includes a capsulectomy, the implant is removed along with the scar tissue capsule. Capsule removal isn’t always necessary, but it may be necessary if you have capsular contracture or ruptured silicone implants.

En bloc breast implant removal

En bloc breast implant removal is a specialized surgical procedure. The implant and the capsule are removed as a single unit. This procedure may be appropriate if you are experiencing problems with implants or if leakage is suspected. Keeping the capsule intact can be helpful in warding off any health risks associated with infection.

Breast implant removal and lift

Breast implants stretch and expand the skin and tissues. After removing the implants, the breasts may be left looking deflated and empty. Pairing your implant removal with a breast lift will reshape the breast tissue, helping to restore youthful, round,  natural breast appearance. Generally, the larger the implant, the more necessary it is to perform a lift.

Breast implant removal with replacement

Sometimes breast implants require replacement for various reasons. If you’re experiencing complications with your implants or if you feel you want to change the size of your breasts, it may be time to remove and replace your implants.

Breast implant removal and fat grafting

Fat grafting can replace the volume that the implants once provided. This cutting-edge procedure allows you to enhance breast size without the need to place new implants. Your own fat cells are harvested, purified, and transferred to the breasts to add subtle volume.

What’s right for me?

You have several options for breast implant removal. Dr. Courtney and his staff will ensure you understand your options and help you choose the most effective procedure for your goals. Usually, there is a clear-cut best choice. We can help you come to an educated decision.

What is the breast implant removal procedure?

Breast implant removal may be performed under general anesthesia in a fully-equipped operating room. Some patients can have their implants removed with a local anesthetic and intravenous sedation, but this is less common.

An incision is placed in the breast crease, and the implant is gently removed. The placement of your incision will depend on the location of your augmentation incisions. Generally, the same incision site is chosen, with no additional scars created, but every patient is different.

If Dr. Courtney is performing an en bloc breast implant removal, the implant and capsule are removed as a single unit. If capsulectomy is needed after implant removal, the implant will first be removed, and then the capsule is removed. Patients that are receiving a breast lift or fat grafting will have this second surgery performed directly after the implant is removed. Some patients will need drains. The drains are put in place after the implant is removed. Compression bandaging helps to alleviate swelling and fluid accumulation during recovery.

Why choose Dr. Courtney for breast implant removal in Houston?

Dr. Courtney is known for his beautiful results, attention to detail, and compassionate bedside manner. He was nationally-recognized as one of six outstanding surgeons for his research by The American Society of Plastic Surgery. Your procedure will be performed by a highly-accomplished breast surgeon who was mentored by some of the most prominent and esteemed plastic surgeons at the Texas Medical Center in Houston. His relaxed and approachable personality is truly every patient’s favorite part of the process. His detailed and personalized results are truly extraordinary in quality. The goal is to leave you feeling sexy and confident.

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Recovery after breast implant removal: What to expect

Plan on taking a few days off from work. Breast implant removal has a shorter recovery timeline, while implant removal combined with a custom breast lift can have a slightly longer recovery timeline. Dr. Courtney can give you a better idea of what to expect during your consultation.

Tenderness, tightness, and bruising are normal reactions. Rest as much as you can during the first few days and slowly return to your daily activities. Many women find that implant removal has an easier recovery than the recovery after augmentation. Your recovery experience will largely depend on the type of removal performed. You will be given detailed aftercare instructions, and we will be closely monitoring your recovery throughout the process. We care about our patients and go above and beyond to ensure all goes well.

Am I a candidate?

If you need to have your breast implants removed or have a complication, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with us. We will speak honestly with you about your options. If you are unhappy with the size of your current implants, are experiencing complications, or have older implants, we can discuss breast implant removal and speak with you about what type of procedure will be needed for you. Smoking can interfere with the healing process; we encourage anyone considering surgery to stop smoking.

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FAQ:

Breast implant removal in Houston

How much does breast implant removal cost in Houston, TX?

The cost of your procedure will depend on the type of implant removal and complexity. Receive a customized estimate during a plastic surgery consultation with Dr. Courtney.

Will breast implant removal be painful?

Some tenderness is expected during recovery, but thanks to pain medication, most women find the process is relatively comfortable. We offer several tips for managing discomfort. If you experience pain or discomfort, let us know so we can help you remain comfortable during healing.

I’ve had my implants for a long time. Do I need to remove them?

Breast implants do not need to be removed on a specific schedule. If your implants are working well and you have no problems, removing them is not typically necessary. Many women that have had breast implants for many years choose to remove or replace them so they can enjoy the benefits of newer, modern implant types. Implant manufacturers often advise replacing implants every ten years, but if they are problem-free, you can wait longer to undergo replacement.

Can I remove and replace my breast implants during the same procedure?

Breast implants are commonly removed and replaced in a single surgery.

Do I need to remove and replace both breast implants together?

Your breasts are called “sisters, not twins” for a reason. Ideally, they should look very similar. This symmetry is best accomplished when both breasts are treated in the same surgery. The breast implant manufacturer’s warranty suggests that patients have both of their implants replaced every ten years. If we remove or replace the implant on one side, we highly recommend replacing both implants in the same surgery.

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