What can I Expect During my Implant Removal Surgery?

The procedure for an explant is similar to that of an augmentation. There are multiple varieties of this procedure, en bloc, total capsulectomy, and a capsulectomy. The techniques for the surgery could change depending on your reasons for wanting the implants removed, it is important to consult with Dr. Plant about the explant surgery at his Toronto office. If the skin has been stretched out or is starting to sag, then a breast lift procedure may need to be done as well. Once your skin has healed after the explant procedure, the doctor will assess your breasts to see if a lift is needed.

Am I the Right Candidate for Breast Implant Removal?

There are many reasons why you may want to have a breast implant removal surgery in Toronto. Breast implants are not life-long devices and should be exchanged every 10 to 15 years. There are also many reasons a woman may choose to have her implants removed entirely rather than replaced.

Whether it’s because they want a different aesthetic or no longer want to worry about the potential for future surgery, some women decide they no longer want implants. This is by far the most common reason for breast implant removal.

Some women choose to have their breast implants removed because they have recurrent issues with capsular contracture, a condition that results from the hardening of the normal scar tissue that forms around an implant, causing pain and a change in appearance of the breasts. Often Dr. Plant can revise the breast augmentation and, using one of several techniques, allow the patient to continue with breast implants. In some cases the problem is so severe that the only solution would be to remove the implants entirely and perform a capsulectomy to get rid of the scar tissue.

A small percentage of women feel they are having a reaction to their breast implants, causing them to feel unwell, with symptoms that can include a lack of energy, joint/muscle pain as well as gastrointestinal issues. After having every other medical cause ruled out many of them opt to have an en-bloc removal of their implants (which includes removing the implant with the entire capsule). Many of these patients do find relief of their symptoms once the implants are removed, but not necessarily all of them.

Another (very uncommon) reason is that some individuals who have Allergan Biocell texturized implants may develop Breast Implant Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA -ALCL). BIA-ALCL is a type of cancer that originates from the immune system. If caught early it is quite treatable with capsulectomy (and sometimes chemotherapy), however, if it goes untreated it could possibly spread to other parts of the body. The main sign of this occurring is a sudden swelling in one of the breasts after having had the implants for many years. Even though BIA-ALCL is uncommon, if this happens it is important to get checked by a plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Plant, to see if BIA-ALCL is forming so you can be treated as quickly as possible.

Patients near Toronto, Ontario know that they are getting the best treatment and care when they see Dr. Plant. He is very knowledgeable and will help you understand all of your options if you feel you may want to have explant surgery.

How Long is the Downtime from Breast Implant Removal?

During your consultation, Dr. Plant will discuss how long it will take before you can return to normal daily activities after undergoing an explant procedure. Once your surgery is complete, you will receive a list of aftercare instructions. These instructions will include information such as:

  • Use of drains, bandages, or gauze that will be used during and after the procedure
  • Symptoms that may arise post-op
  • Any signs of a potential complication

Most women are able to return to work and normal activity within a week of their procedure. It is not uncommon for your breasts to feel tight or heavy for a few weeks following the procedure, they are adjusting to having the implant removed. The total healing process for explant surgery takes a few months.

Scheduling a Breast Implant Removal Consultation

If you have started to notice any signs of problems with your implants or if you are just ready to go without them, contact our Toronto office today to schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Mathew Plant.

Dr. Plant will go over your specific case in detail to make sure you are getting the best treatment plan. Dr. Plant is happy to serve patients from all over the greater Toronto area for all of their breast implant removal needs. Dr. Plant’s facility is located 19.7 km from Markham, 26 km from Richmond Hill, and 83 km from Hamilton. Call today to make an appointment and see why Dr. Plant is the best surgeon for you.


FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I the right candidate for Breast Implant Removal?

There are many reasons why you may want to have a breast implant removal surgery in Toronto. Breast implants are not life-long devices and should be exchanged every 10 to 15 years. There are many reasons a woman may choose to have her implants removed entirely rather than replaced. Whether it’s because they want a different aesthetic or no longer want to worry about the potential for future surgery, some women decide they no longer want implants. This is by far the most common reason for breast implant removal. Some women choose to have their breast implants removed because they have recurrent issues with capsular contracture, a condition that results from the hardening of the normal scar tissue that forms around an implant, causing pain and a change in appearance of the breasts. Often Dr. Plant can revise the breast augmentation and using one of several techniques allow the patient to continue with breast implants. In some cases the problem is so severe that the only solution would be to remove the implants entirely and perform a capsulectomy to get rid of the scar tissue. A small percentage of women feel they are having a reaction to their breast implants causing them to feel unwell with symptoms that can include a lack of energy, joint/muscle pains as well as gastrointestinal issues. After having every other medical cause ruled out many of them opt to have an en-bloc removal of their implants (which includes removing the implant with the entire capsule). Many of these patients do find relief of their symptoms once the implants are removed, but not necessarily all of them. Another (very uncommon) reason is that some individuals who have Allergan Biocell texturized implants may develop Breast Implant Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA -ALCL). BIA-ALCL is a type of cancer that originates from the immune system. If caught early it is quite treatable with capsulectomy (and sometimes chemotherapy) however if it goes untreated it could possibly spread to other parts of the body. The main sign of this occurring is a sudden swelling in one of the breasts after having had the implants for many years. Even though it is uncommon, if this happens it is important to get checked by a plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Plant, to see if BIA-ALCL is forming so you can be treated as quickly as possible. Patients near Toronto, Ontario know that they are getting the best treatment and care when they see Dr. Plant, he is very knowledgeable and will help you understand all of your options if you feel you may want to have explant surgery.

How long is the downtime from Breast Implant Removal?

During your consultation, Dr. Plant will discuss how long it will take before you can return to normal daily activities after undergoing an explant procedure. Once your surgery is complete, you will receive a list of aftercare instructions. These instructions will include information such as: Use of drains, bandages, or gauze that will be used during and after the procedure Symptoms that may arise post-op Any signs of a potential complication Most women are able to return to work and normal activity within a week of their procedure. It is not uncommon for your breasts to feel tight or heavy for a few weeks following the procedure, they are adjusting to having the implant removed. The total healing process for explant surgery takes a few months.

Scheduling a Breast Implant Removal Consultation in Toronto?

If you have started to notice any signs of problems with your implants or if you are just ready to go without them, contact our Toronto office today to schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Mathew Plant. Dr. Plant will go over your specific case in detail to make sure you are getting the best treatment plan. Dr. Plant is happy to serve patients from all over the Greater Toronto Area for all of their breast implant removal needs. Call today to make an appointment and see why Dr. Plant is the best surgeon for you.