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Why Should I Remove My Breast Implants?

Breast augmentation is reversible.

Just as breast augmentation may have been a great fit for you at one point in your life, breast implant removal can help you change your appearance to better fit your current life stage.

Breast implant patients have the flexibility of removing breast implants or opting for breast reaugmentation, i.e., exchanging the original implants for a different type or size.

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Do I Need a Breast Reduction?

A procedure worth considering if your breasts are impacting your quality of life.

Women with oversized breasts, either through natural growth or from pregnancy or excess weight, are ideal candidates for a reduction procedure. Men suffering from gynecomastia may also consider the surgery.

The best way to understand what’s possible for your body is to meet with Amy Simon, MD. Dr. Simon has more than 20 years of experience specializing in cosmetic breast and body procedures. She was the first surgeon in the Southeastern United States with fellowship training in SPAIR short-scar breast surgery, and she is known for bringing SPAIR to the South.

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Breast Implant Removal Benefits

Get breasts that match your desired look.

Breast implant removal allows you to get a look that matches your current lifestyle. Breast augmentation is one of the most popular plastic surgeries, but sometimes your needs and desired aesthetic change. The benefit of breast augmentation is that it is fully reversible.

When possible, Dr. Simon approaches the breast implant through the original breast augmentation incision line for its removal, reducing the need for an additional incision.

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Breast Implant Removal Procedure

Performed in a state-licensed nationally accredited ASC.

Typically performed in an Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) alongside an anesthesiologist, breast implant removal begins with an assessment of the internal structures of the breast.

Dr. Simon then carefully removes each implant and performs any additional work inside the breast. For example, if implants have ruptured, Dr. Simon will clean the area. If the area has developed capsular calcifications, Dr. Simon will perform a capsulectomy to restore the feeling of a softer, more natural breast. If scar tissue has developed in the breast pocket created for implantation, Dr. Simon may use reconstruction techniques to ensure the best results.

Once Dr. Simon has completed the necessary changes to each breast, she will make minor adjustments to ensure breasts are aesthetically pleasing. Some patients combine a breast implant removal with a breast lift to address sagging and shape concerns.

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Breast Implant Removal Recovery

Go home immediately after surgery.

Your recovery time depends on your procedure. For basic implant removal, you can immediately resume your routine, and even return to work the next day. If a breast lift is performed at the same time as the implant removal, then recovery may take longer. You can return home immediately after the procedure, but will need several days of rest and recovery.

For all procedures, you should avoid heavy lifting and physical exercise for at least six weeks.

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Amy Simon, MD

* Each patient is unique and individual results may vary.

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Breast Implant Removal FAQs

Why should I have my breast implants removed?

Patients may choose to have their breast implants removed for a variety of reasons, including their preferred aesthetic and current lifestyle. If a patient’s large breast implants cause back pain or discomfort, she may wish to replace the implants with a smaller size, or return to her natural breast size without an implant. In other patients, the body may react to the implant in a way that changes the texture of the breast, and may require either replacement or removal. At times, a capsular contraction and calcification may form around the implant and cause discomfort. Other women who underwent breast augmentation have changed their aesthetic ideals, or prefer a more comfortable, practical breast size.

Regardless of what prompts a patient’s decision, Dr. Simon can evaluate whether the patient is a candidate for breast implant removal, and will provide professional recommendations for complementary procedures that can be performed during the same surgery.

Is the procedure difficult to perform?

In some instances, breast implant removal can be a much simpler and quicker procedure than your breast enhancement. If the existing incision line is used to remove the implant and no breast lift is performed, patients are usually back home within hours and able to resume non-strenuous work the following day.

Will my breasts return to being saggy and misshapen?

Though it is possible that the removal of breast implants can leave the breasts looking saggy and empty, Dr. Amy Simon is an expert at designing a treatment plan to help avoid this scenario. For example, a breast lift can be performed at the same time as a breast implant removal to reshape and restore some natural fullness to the breasts.

Can a breast implant removal be combined with other corrective procedures?

Breast implant removal can be accompanied by other breast-specific procedures, like breast lift, nipple repositioning, and breast reconstruction procedures. Depending on the cosmetic corrections the patient is seeking, other surgeries may be incorporated into the patient’s treatment plan. Dr. Simon specializes in body plastic surgery, and commonly combines implant removal with arm lift, tummy tuck, or liposuction.

What are other names for breast removal surgery?

Patients may have noticed that different doctors refer the surgery under different names, like “ex-plant” surgery, “explantation,” or “reverse breast implantation,” though each of these terms describes the same surgery of breast implant removal.

Is it always necessary to remove the implant’s scar capsule?

In some cases of capsular contracture, the scar tissue that has formed around the implant should be removed, but it is not always necessary. In mild cases, the formation is very flimsy and not at all detectable or dangerous in the body.

Why choose Clevens Face & Body Specialists for your Breast Implant Removal?

Dr. Amy Simon has been performing breast surgery for more than 20 years, creating a reputation for herself as one of the leading female plastic surgeons in the United States. She is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and completed two fellowships, including one fellowship specifically in her specialty area of breast surgery. Dr. Simon is noted for her sensitivity and compassion with patients as well as her outstanding results.

To learn more about whether breast implant removal is right for you, schedule your consultation with Dr. Amy Simon today. Call Clevens Face and Body Specialists at (321) 727-3223 to speak with a Patient Care Coordinator.

What Our Patients Say

Hear from one of our breast implant removal patients.

“Results were above and beyond my expectations. Post operative care was smooth and back to my routine in 24 hours. Highly recommended the Exparel!! Dr. Simon is the most caring physician and understanding from a woman's point of view. Her skills are unmatched!!! The incisions are unnoticeable!!” –eborrero, review on RealSelf

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We’re Excited to Help You Look and Feel Your Best

Talk to Dr. Simon about your goals for breast implant removal.

By meeting with Dr. Simon, you can explore all your treatment options for achieving the breast size and shape that best fits your body and your desired look. The goal of the consultation is for you to feel confident in whatever treatment decision you make. Dr. Simon will walk you through the procedure and the results you can expect. She can also help you explore other treatment options, such as a breast implant exchange or breast lift, that may help you achieve your desired outcome.

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