Breast Implant Removal
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What is Breast Implant Removal?

At Pacific Plastic Surgery Group in San Franciscp breast implant removal is used as a plastic surgery procedure that, as the name suggests, is performed to remove silicone or saline implants previously inserted in the chest. The reason for this surgery may vary, but in almost all cases, patients will have to replace their implants at some point in their life.

This technique is more often known as a breast implant exchange, as patients will generally opt to switch out their old, outdated implants with newer ones. These can be a different size or shape, while some opt to keep the same implant size and brand.

On the other hand, implant removal simply removes the implant and leaves the breast tissue as-is. If there is loose skin after the removal, your San Francisco breast implant removal surgeon may recommend a breast lift.

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Why Consider Breast Implant Removal?

For some patients, the goal of breast implant removal is purely aesthetic. Some patients simply decide they no longer like the look or feel, while others may have noticed physical changes, like weight fluctuations, affected their breast implants’ appearance.

More serious reasons, like medical concerns with an implant, will also cause breast implant removal. Complications like capsular contracture, breast implant illness and ALCL may lead to your Plastic Surgeon recommending implant removal.

If you are considering removing your implants because you are no longer satisfied with them, the board-certified plastic surgeons at the Pacific Plastic Surgery Group can help.

Who Can Undergo the Procedure?

One does not have to be experiencing complications to qualify for breast implant removal. Most patients who have previously undergone breast surgery for implants are eligible for removal if they choose. Patients who are medically advised to remove their implants will be advised the safest route to do so by their doctor or plastic surgeon.

To help you decide if implant removal is what you want, you should schedule a consultation with a San Francisco breast plastic surgeon to discuss the options and your overall desires. If you do opt for removal, it is important to remember your breasts will go back to their natural size and can have loose or stretched skin where the implants sat. A breast lift surgery after implant removal can help you achieve an attractive final result. We work hard to provide you with the best breast implant removal San Francisco has to offer.

San Francisco Breast Implant Removal Surgery

Do You Need to Replace Your Implants?

The effects of plastic surgery often create permanent changes in the body, but not all procedures are intended to last forever. For example, breast implants can remain in place for many years but may need to be exchanged or replaced after 10 to 20, depending on the implant.

As the body changes, the results of a plastic surgery procedure may look different over time. If you are experiencing complications with your implants, you will likely need a breast implant removal or exchange.

The best route is to discuss these concerns with your plastic surgeon. Candidates for breast implant removal in San Francisco can schedule a consultation with top-rated physicians Dr. Miranda & Dr. Dudas.

The Breast Implant Removal Procedure

If possible, a breast implant removal will be performed by following the same incisions as the original surgery. This will help to minimize any visible scarring. If this isn’t an option or is not necessary, a different approach may be taken. Additionally, if a patient opts to combine a breast implant removal with another procedure, such as a lift or a fat transfer, the technique will vary.

What to Expect from the Results

The results of implant removal surgery will vary based on many factors. If patients opt to remove their implants without getting additional surgery or cosmetic treatments, they can expect their breasts to return to their original size.

You may experience sagging skin, drooping, or a deflated shape. If you opt to combine a breast implant removal with skin tightening or a lift procedure, you can expect to see a smaller breast size with a more natural and subtle contour.

Breast Implant Removal Consultation & Preparation

Breast implant removal is a procedure that must be carefully customized to suit each patient’s unique needs and concerns. The reasons why a person wants to remove their implants may vary greatly, so taking the time to understand this is important to our team.

The Pacific Plastic Surgery Group is dedicated to providing high-quality care and surgical procedures to residents of San Francisco and the surrounding areas. A consultation with Edward P. Miranda, MD, FACS or Jason Dudas, MD can help you understand the best way to move forward.

If you decide removal is the best route, you will be given comprehensive instructions to follow in preparation for your upcoming surgery. Patients who smoke or drink will be advised to stop for several weeks before the procedure. You will also cover medications and the details of your implant surgery.

Breast Implant Removal in San Francisco, CA

Cost & Financing for Breast Implant Removal

Most plastic surgery procedures are considered elective and will not be covered by medical insurance. However, in some cases where the procedure is medically necessary, implant removal may qualify for coverage.

Different factors will affect the final breast implant removal cost, including the type of technique and anesthesia, any additional procedures, the extent of treatment required, costs related to the surgeon, facility costs, and prescriptions.

Schedule your consultation at Pacific Plastic Surgery Center in San Francisco, where we pride ourselves on our results and quality patient experience.

77 Van Ness Ave, Suite 302, San Francisco, CA

415-379-9015