There’s a growing number of women who are opting for explant surgery — the removal of breast implants. The reasons vary, but many women have had their breasts augmented, only to regret it later on. This may be because they didn’t get the size or shape that they wanted or because their breasts changed as they aged.
Some women also want to remove their implants for health reasons, such as an infection or rupture. Others may just feel uncomfortable having foreign objects in their bodies.
The good news is that there are several ways to remove your breast implants without having to go under the knife again. And there are also plenty of things you can do during this time to help minimize scarring and improve healing time.
The most common reason for getting explant surgery is to restore your breasts. Many women who have implants have them removed because they no longer want them. But many have implants removed because they are damaged, either by breast cancer or other causes.
For example, if you have had reconstruction after a mastectomy, and your implant has been damaged by infection, you may need to have it surgically removed. This is a serious problem and requires immediate attention.
Other reasons why women might need to undergo explantation surgery include:
Problems with the breast implant such as capsular contracture or ruptured silicone gel implant
Breast size changes (for example, after weight loss)
Reduction in breast size for aesthetic reasons
Many women who have breast implants are getting explant surgery.
In the United States, over 1 million women have breast implants to enhance their breasts. But many of them don’t want to keep them forever. To date, more than 5 million procedures have been performed worldwide to remove implants and repair or replace damaged tissue after implant rupture or other complications.
There are a number of reasons why women choose to undergo explant surgery:
Change in appearance: Women may change their mind about their breast size or shape, or they may want to look more natural.
Health reasons: Sometimes an implant can move out of place or rupture, causing pain and discomfort in the breast area. Other health conditions such as cancer can make it dangerous for a woman to continue wearing her implants.
Loss of sensation: Some women aren’t satisfied with how their breasts feel when they get implants because there is no feeling in the tissue surrounding the implant itself (called “capsular contracture”). This can happen if the doctor didn’t use enough muscle tissue during surgery to support the implant’s weight, or if scar tissue forms around the implant capsule (the tissue that surrounds each implant).
There are many reasons why a woman may choose to have breast implants removed.
Some women who have had breast implants will decide that they want to get rid of them for a variety of reasons. For example, some women may want to remove their implants because they no longer feel attractive without them, while others may be concerned about health issues related to the implants.
In some cases, women may need to undergo explant surgery if their implants cause problems with their bodies (such as pain or other physical discomfort) or if there is an increased risk for cancer.
If you are considering having your breast implants removed, it’s important that you receive advice and information from your plastic surgeon about all of the potential risks associated with this procedure.
The following are some reasons why some women choose to have their breast implants removed:
Their breasts look unnatural after having children or gaining/losing weight
They no longer feel comfortable with their appearance after having children or gaining/losing weight
They experience pain in the breast area or have other physical side effects from having the implants in place too long (e.g., rashes or infections)
There is an increased risk for cancer (e.g., the woman has been diagnosed with breast cancer)
Explant surgery is a surgical procedure used to remove various types of body tissue, including bone and skin. The purpose of this type of surgery is to treat a condition or disease that requires the removal of the affected area, such as cancerous cells or a tumor. It may also be used for cosmetic purposes, such as to remove a scar.
The exact details of explant surgery will vary depending on the type of tissue being removed and its location within the body. For example, when removing bone marrow from the hip, incisions are made in the groin area and through both sides of the pelvic bone. The surgeon then cuts through the soft tissue around this area so they can access it.
When removing skin from an injection site where liposuction has been performed, incisions are made along each side of where fat was removed using liposuction cannulas. These cannulas are then inserted into small holes created by other instruments like a scalpel blade or needle-like tool called a curette.
Once inside these openings, additional incisions may be made to allow for better access to whatever tissue needs to be removed. Once all necessary tissue has been removed, these incisions are closed with sutures or staples depending
Explant surgery is a procedure in which a surgeon removes a diseased organ or tissue and replaces it with an artificial one.
Explant surgery may be performed on any organ in the body. The most common types of explant surgery include:
Heart transplantation – a heart is taken from a donor who has died and implanted into a patient whose heart has failed.
Kidney transplantation – kidneys are taken from a donor who has died and implanted into a patient whose kidneys have failed.
Liver transplantation – livers are taken from a donor who has died and implanted into a patient whose liver has failed.
Lung transplantation – lungs are taken from a donor who has died and implanted into a patient whose lungs have failed.
Explant surgery is a type of reconstructive surgery that involves the removal of an organ from one part of the body and transplanting it to another.
Explant surgery, also known as organ harvesting, is performed on organs that are considered either unusable or no longer needed by the patient’s body.
The most common types of explant surgeries include the removal and transplantation of corneas and kidneys.
In the case of corneal transplants, doctors remove a small portion of your eye’s cornea so that it can be replaced with a new one. This procedure is only possible because your body will produce more corneal cells to replace those removed during the procedure.
Corneal transplants are typically performed when a person has developed a condition called keratoconus or has had an injury to their eye’s cornea.
Kidney transplants involve removing one kidney from someone who has been diagnosed with a disease affecting their kidneys and replacing it with a healthy kidney from a donor. The healthy kidney will then begin working immediately and help filter waste products from your blood stream as well as produce hormones that control blood pressure and other bodily functions.
If you’re considering an explant procedure, there are a few things you should know. First, it is a surgical procedure that involves removing the implant from your breast. The doctor will make an incision around the edge of the implant and remove it through this opening. This can be done in a single operation or separately for each side if a bilateral (double) mastectomy was performed.
The skin surrounding the implant may be trimmed during the procedure, but this isn’t always necessary. If you have extra skin after the removal of your implants, it can be removed or tacked down to create more symmetry and improve your shape.
Depending on how much time has passed since your initial surgery and how much scar tissue has formed around your implants, there may be some pain associated with this procedure. Pain medications like ibuprofen (Advil) or Tylenol should be enough to keep most patients comfortable during recovery.
There are no special risks associated with this type of surgery, but as with any surgical procedure there are always risks involved including infection or bleeding complications which could require additional surgery or longer recovery times than normal.
How painful is explant surgery?
It’s not as painful as you might think.
The surgery itself is pretty simple — your surgeon will make an incision in the crease of your underarm and remove the implant. The entire procedure usually takes less than an hour and most women are discharged within 24 hours.
Immediately after surgery, you may have some swelling and bruising that lasts a few days to a week. There may also be mild pain or tenderness in your armpit where the implant was removed, but over-the-counter pain relievers should help relieve any discomfort.
Explant surgery is one of the most common procedures performed by plastic surgeons. It involves removing breast implants from a patient who has had them for more than 10 years.
The surgery can be done through small incisions, so it’s often an outpatient procedure.
A few days after surgery, patients may notice some swelling and bruising at the incision sites. These side effects are normal and should improve in about a week. Pain medication can help reduce any discomfort during this time.
The most common complications include infection, bleeding and blood clots. These problems might require additional treatment with antibiotics or other medications, but they’re usually not serious enough to require another surgery.
The surgery itself is very simple and straightforward. We use local anesthetic to numb the area and then make a small incision in the crease of your breast. We remove the implants, drain any fluid and then close up the wound with stitches.
The pain after surgery is usually manageable with over-the-counter pain medications such as Advil or Tylenol. You may need prescription strength pain relievers if your pain is severe. Your surgeon will probably prescribe antibiotics to prevent infection and a steroid medication to minimize inflammation and swelling around your incision site.
If you had saline implants that were placed under the muscle, there may be some residual fluid left behind in your breast tissue after removal of the implant. This fluid can create a hard lump under your skin that can take months to go away completely on its own. If this happens to you, ask your surgeon about how long it might take for the lump to subside completely.
Implants are usually removed under local anesthesia, so you will not be awake during the procedure. Afterward, you may experience some swelling and bruising that can last from one to three weeks.
You will be given pain medication after surgery and may need additional pain medication as needed.
Will my breasts go back to normal after explant?
Yes, your breasts will go back to normal after explant. You may still have some swelling and bruising, but by six weeks these are usually gone and you should be able to see your new shape.
Your body will gradually replace the fat that is removed with new fat cells. This can take months or even years, depending on how much tissue was removed.
You may notice that your breasts feel firmer than they did before you had surgery. This can be due to a number of factors including:
the removal of excess tissue (inflamed glandular tissue, which is softer and more malleable than fatty tissue)
the removal of excess fluid from the breast (effusions) during surgery, which makes them feel firmer when empty
less pressure from gravity on the volume beneath your skin as there is less volume beneath your skin
Your breasts will go back to normal after explant. However, it is important to understand that your breast size may not be exactly the same as before surgery.
The amount of breast tissue removed during an explant procedure depends on many factors, including how much breast tissue you had to begin with, how large your implants were and how long it has been since your surgery.
It is important to note that if you had a breast lift along with your implant surgery, the amount of breast tissue removed will also depend on how far apart your nipple areola was positioned prior to surgery.
Some women may experience changes in their nipple and areola position or have a change in skin tone after their breast implants have been removed. This can be temporary or permanent depending on the extent of scar tissue formation at the time of surgery.
The answer is yes and no. The breast will not be exactly the same as it was before surgery. The tissue that was removed can never be replaced and will have a different appearance. However, the shape of your breast will be similar to what it was before surgery.
After explant, you should expect your breasts to look like they did before implants, but without the scar from the incisions made during the procedure.
The skin around your nipples should be pinker due to increased blood flow; this may take several weeks or months after surgery to improve.
The nipple-areola complex (NAC) will also look different after explant; there may be some numbness in this area after surgery. This numbness can last for months or years and can make it difficult for some women to breastfeed their children. It is also possible that the NAC will appear smaller than it was before implantation because it has been stretched over time by the implant.
It is possible for your breasts to go back to normal, although it may take some time and patience.
Most women who have breast implants will have them removed at some point in their life.
When you remove the implants, your breasts will be smaller than they were when you received them, but they won’t go back to normal. If you had implants placed above the muscle, your nipples will be higher than they were originally. If you had implants placed under the muscle, there will be a scar under each breast where the implant was inserted. These scars will fade over time, but they never go away completely.
You should expect some changes in the appearance of your breasts after removal of breast implants. The changes are usually minor, but they can vary widely depending on how long ago the surgery was performed and whether or not you’ve nursed babies or gained weight since then. In most cases, however, women report an improvement in comfort after implant removal and find that their breasts look and feel more natural than before surgery
What happens when breast implants are removed and not replaced?
If you have had your breast implants removed and you do not want them replaced, you will need to wait 3 months before you can have another operation. This is because of the risk of infection and bleeding. After this time, your doctor may recommend that you have a breast lift or augmentation.
If you have had your implants removed because they were causing problems, such as pain or rippling, then it may be possible for your surgeon to replace them with a smaller size (if appropriate) or with different shape of implant.
If you feel that you do not need any more surgery at all then it is best to wait until your body has recovered from this operation before having any further procedures done on your breasts.
There are two main ways to remove breast implants:
The implant is removed and the pocket created by the surgeon is closed. This leaves you with an empty space where your breast used to be, but it also leaves you with scars that can be as large as those left behind by a mastectomy. If you have silicone gel implants, they may need to be replaced.
The implant is removed, but there is no attempt made at closing the pocket. This means that there are no visible scars from the procedure and no risk of infection or other complications related to scarring. However, it does mean that your breast tissue will begin to sag over time — possibly quite quickly. In some cases, this can happen in just one year after surgery; in others, it may take several years for the sagging process to begin.
Breast implants are removed for a variety of reasons, including:
To treat breast cancer or another type of cancer that has spread to the breast
To replace other types of implants
To remove an implant that has ruptured or deflated
To remove an implant that is causing infection or other problems
Removing breast implants does not cause any permanent changes in your breasts. The appearance of your breasts may be different for several months after the procedure, but will return to normal as the body heals. Your doctor may recommend wearing a surgical bra during the recovery period to help support your breasts and provide comfort.
After the incisions have healed, you will be given instructions on how to care for your scars during this time and what exercises you should avoid doing until your muscles have fully recovered from surgery.
When a woman receives breast implants, she is expected to keep them for the rest of her life. But sometimes this is not possible, whether it be due to medical reasons or simply because the woman wants to return to her original state.
When breast implants are removed, they leave behind a hole in the breast tissue that needs to be filled. If this hole is not corrected, it will cause a deformity in the shape of the breast and make fitting clothes difficult. There are two options for correcting this:
1) One method involves filling the gap with fat from another part of your body; this procedure is known as fat grafting.
2) The other option is to use an implant that has been made from your own tissue so that it matches perfectly with your body makeup and gives you a natural look
What will my breasts look like after explant surgery?
Your breasts will be smaller and flatter, with no implants. Your nipples may also be different in size and shape. You may notice scars on the sides of your breasts, but they are usually very small and easily camouflaged by clothes. In some cases, a scar may be visible under the breast or around the nipple.
If you had saline implants, they will deflate completely after the surgery. Silicone gel implants will deflate over time, but it may take years for them to do so completely.
If you had breast lift or mastopexy (breast augmentation) at the same time as your explantation surgery, you might have some scarring from that procedure as well.
After explant surgery, you will experience a variety of changes to the shape and appearance of your breasts. Most women find that their breasts are smaller, firmer and more natural looking after explant surgery.
For some women, their breasts may begin to sag after explant. This is due to excess skin on the chest wall that pulls down with gravity when the implants are removed. However, for most women this does not happen as long as they have not had more than one child (both breasts).
The implants can leave a scar around each breast where it was placed under the muscle. The scar will fade over time but may be visible for up to two years after surgery.
The nipple-areola complex should look more natural after explantation because the implant will no longer be sitting above the muscle in front of it. For example, if you had an implant placed below your muscle in order to make your breast larger than normal, then when it’s removed there will be a space between your nipple and areola (the dark area surrounding your nipple). This space may appear larger or smaller depending on how much tissue was removed and how much was left behind during surgery (if any). There should be no change in color or sensation of the nipple-areola complex
Your breasts will be smaller, but they will still have a shape. The scars will be smaller and easier to conceal than in the past, but they will still be there.
Most women find that their breasts feel lighter and more natural than before surgery. They are no longer concerned about the possibility of recurrence or side effects from their implants.
Most women who undergo explant surgery do not want new implants and instead choose to live with smaller breasts that feel more natural.
Breast implants are a popular cosmetic procedure, but sometimes women decide to remove them. You might want to get rid of your breast implants if they’ve ruptured or developed a leak. You might also decide that you want to get rid of them because they’re causing physical discomfort.
When you undergo explant surgery, your surgeon will remove the breast implants that are currently in place and replace the empty pockets with natural tissue. Here’s what you can expect during the surgery and after:
The surgery takes about two hours and is usually performed under general anesthesia.
Your surgeon will first make an incision around the implant pocket, then remove both implants and stitch up the incision. Your surgeon may refill the pocket with fat grafts taken from another part of your body. This results in more natural-looking breasts than if he used saline or silicone gel filler alone (although some patients may need additional surgery).
You’ll be able to go home after about 24 hours, but if you have any concerns about pain or bleeding, you might need to stay longer for observation at the hospital.
Will my breasts fluff after explant?
Yes, your breasts will fluff. The process of breast implant deflation and removal is a very complex one. It is important to understand that the deflation process varies from person to person as each body has its own unique characteristics. To help you better understand how things may go down post-surgery, we have broken down the process into two parts:
Part 1: The deflation of saline implants
Saline implants are made up of two components: silicone shells and saline (sugar water) fillings. When saline implants are fully deflated, they look similar to empty water balloons.
The deflation of saline implants happens over several steps:
1) Drainage of excess fluid prior to surgery A small amount of fluid naturally drains out prior to surgery. This occurs through gravity alone and is estimated at approximately 10-20% of total volume over 2-3 weeks before surgery.* However, this does not account for all fluid loss because there is some that remains trapped inside the implant shell that needs to be drained.* This fluid loss occurs through either a needle placed into the capsule or through a small hole made in the capsule by an instrument called a trocar.* These procedures may be performed during surgery or
It is not uncommon for the breast tissue to fluff after explant. This usually happens within a month or so of surgery and can last for several months.
The fluffing is caused by the loss of support from your implants, which allows the breast tissue to move around more freely. The result is that your breasts will feel softer, lighter and less tight than before your surgery.
The amount of fluffing varies from person to person and depends on how old your implants were when they were removed, as well as other factors such as whether you had capsule contracture or capsular contracture during your first augmentation surgery.
If you have sagging skin after explantation, this can be corrected with a mastopexy (breast lift). If you have lost a significant amount of volume in one area due to deflation of an implant, it may need to be filled back up with fat grafting or silicone gel implants.
In short, yes! Your breasts will fluff after explantation because there is no longer any pressure pushing them down into their previous position (from your implants).
Yes, your breasts will fluff up after explant.
I had my breast implants removed on Monday and I’ve been in quite a bit of pain ever since. I was always told that once they were out, they would fluff up and be the same size as before but it’s not even close. My right breast is half the size of my left and it’s so embarrassing!
Is there anything I can do to make them bigger or smaller?
I’m only 24 years old so I don’t have much experience with this stuff but I’m very concerned about what’s happening with my boobs right now.
The most common side effect of breast implant surgery is a wrinkled, rippled or textured appearance to the breasts. This is called pectus excavatum. It occurs because of the way that the implants are inserted under the breast tissue and because of the way that they move around in the body.
Pectus excavatum can occur after breast augmentation surgery, but it is more common with implant removal or exchange surgery. It is often temporary and resolves over time. However, it can also be permanent if there are other factors involved such as scar tissue formation from previous surgeries or other medical conditions such as osteoporosis or connective tissue disorders (e.g., Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome).
If you have pectus excavatum after explant surgery, you may be able to correct it by wearing a surgical bra for several weeks after your operation. The bra should have a pocket in each cup that holds your implants so they don’t move around as much inside your body.