Implant Removal after Breast Reconstruction and Other Options

Board-Certified Plastic Surgeons Serving Denver, Lone Tree, Colorado & Nationwide

For various reasons, you may decide to have your breast implants removed following a reconstructive breast surgery. The board-certified plastic surgeons at The Breast Center Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery have performed numerous breast implant revisions and removals for women who have had breast reconstruction. They are personally committed to helping you make decisions about your reconstruction results.

For more information, please call The Breast Center Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery at 303-706-1100  today. We are proud to serve survivors in the Denver area, Lone Tree, and throughout Colorado.

Patient Testimonial

"I went to Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery to have my breast implants removed after several years of hating what they made me look like. Dr. Williams and his patient navigator Danielle were amazing to work with and very, very caring and nice. I love the way I look and feel now and I do owe it all to Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery Center. Thank you guys so much!"

- Anonymous

Removing Breast Implants following Reconstructive Surgery

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Following an implant-based breast reconstruction, you may at some point decide you want to have the breast implants removed. If you choose to do so, our experienced plastic surgeons can perform the procedure. Some of the reasons women choose to have their implants removed include the following:

  • You previously chose breast implants but now you want to pursue other options
  • You experienced breast implant failure
  • Your body has rejected the breast implants, and may be painful
  • You developed cellulitis following implant-based breast reconstruction

At The Breast Center Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery, our compassionate plastic surgeons can revise the results of a previous reconstructive breast surgery.

Possible Alternatives to Implants for Breast Reconstruction

Some women wish to have their breast implants removed with no further intention to reconstruct their breasts. We believe you deserve to have clear information about all of your options. If you are planning to have your implants removed, there are alternatives to breast implants that may be a good option for you.

Autologous tissue flaps use your own skin to reconstruct your breasts. This natural technique uses no artificial materials and allows you to restore a positive body image without the complications you experienced with implants. There are several types of tissue flaps:

  • DIEP flap
  • SGAP flap
  • SCIA flap
  • SIEA flap
  • TUG flap
  • TRAM flap
  • Free TRAM flap
  • Latissimus flap

There are different types because flaps are grafted from different areas of the body and attached using one of two techniques. Pedicle flaps are grafted without their blood supply. The blood supply is tunneled to the new breasts. Free flaps are grafted along with their blood supply. Our surgeons use microsurgery to attach the blood supply and flap (microsurgery is a highly specialized operation performed by a select number of plastic surgeons).

The DIEP flap is the most common. Many of our patients have had their breast implants removed and their breasts reconstructed with DIEP flaps. Dr. Jeremy Williams and Dr. Christopher Williams combined have performed thousands of these flap procedures. All of our surgeons trained extensively to become adept at performing the highly technical DIEP flap procedure.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who Is the Ideal Candidate for Breast Implant Removal?

Although breast implant removal is a highly personalized procedure, ideal candidates should be in overall good health and looking to either improve symptoms from their current implants or change the appearance of their breasts. Candidates should be non-smokers and at a stable weight, as sudden weight gain or weight loss can alter the appearance of your breast implant removal results. If you have experienced rupture, leaking, pain, discomfort, or a noticeable change of shape with your breast implants, these may be signs you can benefit from an implant removal.

How Long Is Breast Implant Removal Surgery?

Breast implant removal surgery is an outpatient procedure that can take anywhere between one to three hours, depending on the patient’s needs and condition.

Are There Any Risks With Implant Removal After Breast Reconstruction?

Just like with any surgery, breast implant removal can come with several risks. These risks may include:

  • Infection at the incision site
  • Scarring
  • Asymmetry
  • Bruising
  • Lung collapse
  • Permanent loss of nipple or breast tissue sensation

However, at Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery, our surgeons, who draw from years of experience in safe and successful plastic surgery, provide high-quality care that minimizes these risks for patients.

Despite the potential side effects that may come from a breast implant removal, it’s important to note that many patients can also have major health benefits, including an improvement in their overall quality of life, after their implant removal.

What Is Recovery Like After Breast Implant Removal?

After your breast implant removal procedure, it’s important to prioritize rest during your first week as your body heals from surgery. During this time, wearing a bandage, being gentle with your chest area, and limiting physical activity are essential for a successful, complication-free recovery. After a week, most patients feel ready to return to work, although common side effects such as swelling, redness, and sensitivity can be felt for up to six weeks after the procedure. During your recovery, you can expect to undergo several follow-up appointments with your surgeon to track your health and healing progress.

When Will I See the Results of My Breast Implant Removal?

As your breasts recover from the implant removal procedure, you may experience swelling and redness for several weeks. Immediately after the procedure, your breasts may appear deflated. However, after around three to four weeks, you will begin to see a noticeable improvement in your breasts the longer they have healed. These results often give breasts a newly rejuvenated, natural look.

Schedule Your Implant Removal Consultation In Lone Tree, CO!

To schedule a consultation with the board-certified plastic surgeons at The Breast Center Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery, please call 303-706-1100 . Or, you can fill out the form in our contact page for your one-on-one appointment! We are located in Lone Tree, Colorado, and we are proud to serve women from across the state, including Denver and the surrounding areas.

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