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Breast Implant Removal

Breast implants removal may be required or desired for a variety of reasons, and involves the surgical removal of previously inserted implants. The FDA recommends that breast implant removal only be done when the risks of leaving them in outweigh the risks of removing them, which include:

  • Capsular contracture

  • Ruptured or damaged implant

  • Fears of future health consequences from silicone implants

  • Aesthetic concerns (such as changing implant size)


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The Preparation

Begin preparing for your procedure at least two weeks ahead of time, especially if you take blood thinning medications or smoke. Blood thinning medications include NSAIDs like aspirin and Ibuprofen as well as certain vitamins and supplements like Gingko biloba.

Before surgery, achieve your target weight and maintain it for at least two months. Exercise at least 30 minutes each day, and follow a healthy diet with reduced alcohol intake (two or three drinks per week).

The Procedure


This varies depending on which procedures you choose. Discuss your anesthesia options with me during your preoperative consultation, including general, local, and sedation. 

The Procedure

During this operation, the original incisions are reopened and the implant – along with any accompanying scar tissue – is removed. The implant is then either replaced or the breast is reconstructed with a breast lift to ensure that internal structure and shape of the breast are maintained.

Implant Replacement
In cases such as capsular contracture and implant rupture, the implant will be replaced with a new implant. During your consultation, Dr. Vallecillos will discuss with you the option of replacing the implant with one made of a different material or make (silicone gel vs. saline, smooth shell vs. textured), or moving the placement of the implant (submuscular vs. subglandular).

Implant Removal
When the patient has elected not to replace the implant, Dr. Vallecillos will strive to reconstruct the breast’s original size and shape using a breast lift technique.
Once the surgery is complete, the incisions are closed and bandaged.

The Recovery

Typically following breast augmentation surgery, patients will need at least some assistance for a few days. The patient will be required to wear a post-surgical compression bra for one month.  Also, lifting objects greater than ten pounds and engaging in heavy exercise is discouraged for one month. 

Breast Implant Removal

Before & After Images

Patient Details

Patient Details 

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I a good candidate for breast augmentation surgery ?

Breast augmentation surgery may be a reasonable option for you if you would like to enhance the shape and volume of your breasts, or if you’ve recently given birth and are suffering from postpartum breast volume loss.  

What are the most common risks and side effects from breast augmentation ?

Complications from breast augmentation surgery are rare, but can include scarring, bleeding, infection, and loss of sensation in the nipple or breast. Capsular contracture, or the hardening of the tissue and skin around the implant, can occur and would require an additional surgery to correct.

Are breast augmentation results permanent ?

Although breast implants typically yield long-term results, it is important to understand that over time, changes in your breasts may make later procedures necessary. While it is rare, implants can leak and sometimes require replacement. Women who receive large implants may later need a breast lift to reduce drooping. Regular follow-up visits with your surgeon are an important part of your post-procedural routine.

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