What To Expect After Implant Removal

Caucasian,Woman,Trying,On,Breast,Implants.,A,Plastic,Surgeon,Helps The first stage of breast reconstruction entails adding a tissue expander or implant after the mastectomy if receiving an immediate reconstruction. Some women may opt for delayed reconstruction. At one point during this multi-surgery rebuilding, implant removal may be requested or required. What should you expect during and after the implant removal process? Here is an overview to prepare you for the procedure.

Receiving Implant Removal

Getting implants taken out is no different than surgically removing something else. Implant removal is outpatient, so you can go home the same day of the procedure and begin recovery. The surgery takes as little as an hour and up to three hours, depending on the complexity.

If you opt for different implants, such as larger or smaller ones, the surgery can be on the longer side. Getting the implants removed and no new ones added is a simpler, faster, more straightforward surgery. Or, your doctors may recommend the DIEP flap procedure.

The DIEP Flap Procedure

DIEP stands for deep inferior epigastric artery perforator. The DIEP flap procedure is a sophisticated method of breast reconstruction that utilizes the patient’s abdominal tissue to recreate the breast mound. Unlike traditional methods that involve implant placement, the DIEP flap procedure uses the patient’s own tissue. The deep inferior epigastric blood vessels are meticulously transferred to the chest to ensure proper blood supply to the reconstructed breast.

Benefits of Implant Removal and DIEP Flap Reconstruction

The DIEP flap procedure provides a more natural-looking and feeling breast compared to implants. Using the patient’s own tissue results in a breast reconstruction that closely mimics the characteristics of the original breast.

Implant removal eliminates the risk of complications associated with implants, such as rupture or leakage. The use of the patient’s tissues in the DIEP flap procedure reduces the likelihood of rejection or allergic reactions.

The DIEP flap procedure offers the added benefit of abdominal tissue removal, leading to a natural body contouring effect similar to a tummy tuck. This dual benefit addresses both breast reconstruction and body aesthetics.

Discuss Implant Removal and DIEP Flap

If you require implant removal, you may want to talk with the professionals at The Breast Center at Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery. We will provide you with all the information you need to know about implant removal and the DIEP flap procedure. New patients can schedule a consultation by calling 303-706-1100 or using our online contact form.

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