What is Breast Explant Surgery?

Breast explant surgery and implant removal are two different procedures involving removing breast implants from the body.

Breast implant removal is a surgical procedure involving removing breast implants from the body. This procedure is typically performed when a patient is experiencing complications with their implants, such as implant rupture, capsular contracture, or implant displacement. Breast implant removal is a relatively simple procedure involving making an incision in the exact location of the original implant, removing the implant, and closing the incision with sutures.

Alternatively, breast explant surgery is a more complex procedure involving removing the breast implants and the surrounding scar tissue and capsule that has formed around the implant. This procedure is typically performed when a patient is experiencing symptoms of breast implant illness or wishes to have their implants removed for personal reasons. Breast explant in Miami requires a more extensive incision and may require additional procedures, such as a breast lift or fat transfer, to achieve the desired results.

Who is a Good Candidate for Breast Explant Surgery?

A good candidate for breast explant surgery is someone who:

  • Has experienced complications associated with breast implants
  • Has decided they no longer want breast implants
  • Understands that breast explant surgery may result in changes to the shape and size of the breasts
  • Is in generally good health
  • Is a non-smoker
  • Does not have significant health concerns that would impede healing
  • Has reasonable expectations about the results
  • Can commit to following post-op instructions

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Reasons for Breast Explant Surgery

There are several reasons why you may want to consider breast explant surgery. Whatever your reasons, breast explant surgery can help you achieve a more comfortable, natural-looking breast appearance.

Some of the most common reasons for breast explant surgery include:

Breast implant illness

Some people may experience a range of symptoms that they attribute to their breast implants, including:
Joint pain
Brain fog
Autoimmune issues

Breast explant surgery may be recommended to alleviate these symptoms.

Capsular contracture

In this condition, the scar tissue around the breast implant becomes thick and tight, causing discomfort and distortion of the breast shape. Breast explant surgery can remove the implant and the surrounding capsule to alleviate the symptoms.

Ruptured or leaking implants

Breast implants may rupture or leak over time, causing pain, discomfort, and potential health risks. Breast explant surgery can remove the damaged implant and any leaked silicone or saline.

Change in personal preference

Some people may simply decide they no longer want breast implants or are no longer happy with their size or shape and wish to remove them.

Cosmetic concerns

Breast implants may shift, deflate, or become displaced over time, causing cosmetic concerns. Breast explant in Miami can remove the implant and capsule and may also include a breast lift or other cosmetic procedures to restore the natural breast shape.

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Breast Explant Consultation With Dr. Lampert

During your breast explant consultation, you’ll discuss the following:

  • Your reasons for considering breast explant surgery
  • The risks and benefits of the procedure
  • The expected outcomes
  • The various options for breast explant surgery, including the type of incision, the need for capsule removal, and the possibility of additional procedures such as a breast lift or fat transfer

Dr. Lampert will also evaluate your medical history, current health status, and breast implant history to determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure. This consultation will typically include a physical examination of your breasts to assess the size, shape, and condition of the breast tissue and the implants. Dr. Lampert may also take measurements and photographs to help plan the surgery.

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Breast Explant Procedure

There are two main types of breast explant surgery: en bloc and capsulectomy.

  • En bloc: This procedure involves removing the entire breast implant, including the capsule surrounding it, in one piece.
  • Capsulectomy: This procedure involves separating the breast implant and the capsule surrounding it.

Before your breast explant in Miami begins, you will be given anesthesia to ensure you are comfortable and pain-free throughout the surgery. You may be given either general anesthesia, which will put you to sleep, or local anesthesia, which will numb the area around your breasts.

Once you are under anesthesia, Dr. Lampert will make an incision in your breast to access the implant and carefully remove it from the breast. After the implant is removed, he will remove any scar tissue that has formed around the implant. This is an important step, as scar tissue can cause discomfort and pain if left in place.

Once the implant and scar tissue are removed, Dr. Lampert will close the incision using sutures or surgical tape. The incision will be covered with a bandage or dressing to protect the area.

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Recovery Timeline

Here is a general timeline to help you understand what to expect from breast explant recovery:

  • Immediately after surgery: You will likely experience discomfort and swelling in the chest area. Pain medication will be prescribed to help manage any pain.
  • First week: During the first week after surgery, it is important to rest as much as possible and avoid any strenuous activity. You may need to wear a compression garment to help reduce swelling and promote healing.
  • Second week: By the second week, most patients can return to light activities, such as walking or household chores. However, avoiding heavy lifting or strenuous exercise is still essential.
  • Third week: By the third week, many patients can resume normal daily activities, including work and exercise. Remember, listening to your body and not pushing yourself too hard is crucial. 
  • Fourth week and beyond: Over the next several weeks, you should continue to see improvement in your recovery. It may take several months for your breasts to heal fully and for any scarring to fade.

Why Choose Dr. Lampert for Breast Explant in Miami, FL? 

When a woman has decided to remove her breast implants, Dr. Lampert respects the decision and informs her of the potential treatment options. Having extensive experience with breast reconstruction and revision surgery and being one of the first surgeons in Miami dedicated to the explant community, he has significant experience with total en-bloc capsulectomy procedures and ancillary procedures to help better shape the breast after breast explant Miami

Dr. Lampert feels strongly that his patients should not feel rushed when speaking with him or at any time they are in his care. He often sees patients several times before they decide on a procedure. He understands there is a trust factor when choosing a plastic surgeon and believes strongly in establishing a solid relationship before any method is chosen. 

Contact us today to learn more about breast explant surgery with Dr. Lampert.

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Breast Explant FAQ

Is breast explant surgery safe?

Breast explant surgery is generally considered safe, but there are potential risks and complications which you’ll discuss during your initial consultation.

Can a breast explant be combined with other procedures?

Yes, a breast explant can be combined with other procedures such as breast lift or reduction. This is often done to achieve the desired aesthetic outcome and improve overall breast appearance.

Can I get a fat transfer breast augmentation after breast explant surgery?

Yes, it is possible to get a fat transfer breast augmentation after breast explant surgery. Many women choose to have a fat transfer procedure to restore volume to their breasts after implant removal.

Will breasts fill out after explant?

After breast implant removal, the breasts may naturally fill out to some extent, but this will vary depending on factors such as age, skin elasticity, and the amount of breast tissue present before the implants. Additional fat transfer or breast lift may sometimes be necessary to achieve the desired breast shape and volume.

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