Perhaps you’ve changed your mind about your original breast implants and are considering a breast revision procedure. If you are a resident of Houston or nearby areas, contact Glamour Plastic Surgery and Med Spa to schedule a consultation with Dr. Bachilo to discuss breast revision.
Breast Implant Removal in Houston, TX
A Woman’s Prerogative
Back in the day there was a popular saying that stated: “It’s a woman’s prerogative to change her mind.” And the breast augmentation process is no exception to this rule. There are plenty of reasons why a woman may choose to change her mind and remove breast implants or trade them for new ones after a breast augmentation procedure.
Naturally, one’s body is changing constantly over time, and factors such as aging, hormonal changes, or weight fluctuations may affect the shape and size of the breasts, altering the outcome of the original procedure. Any of these reasons can lead to a decision to have breast revision surgery.
Occasionally, an implant may rupture or shift position, triggering such concerns as capsular contracture, which causes the breasts to become hard and rigid. In these cases, the implant must be removed or exchanged. Or a woman may choose to trade in one type of implant for another, such as replacing saline with silicone or vice versa. Surgical breast implant removal may also be performed to amend a breast enhancement procedure by using a different size or shape implant.
Still others may elect to have breast implants removed entirely. In these cases, a breast lift procedure may address the problem of sagging skin after implant removal.
How Is Breast Implant Removal Preformed?
The surgical breast implant removal procedure will be very similar to the original breast augmentation procedure, requiring a simple surgery typically performed with general anesthesia. Dr. Bachilo will use the same incisions used during your augmentation surgery to remove the old implants and insert the new ones, in order to prevent additional scarring.
What to Expect During Breast Implant Removal Recovery?
Once you are released from the hospital, you will need to have a friend or relative drive you home and provide at-home care so that you may rest properly and fully for at least two to three days before resuming any physical activity.
It is normal to have tenderness and swelling around the site of the incisions, and Dr. Bachilo will prescribe pain medication to help you manage the discomfort of those first few days. You will also have to wear a compressive bra to optimize healing, support sensitive breast tissue, protect the surgical site from any potential impact, and assist the body in adapting to its new shape.
The full recovery period lasts about three to four weeks. You must wear the compressive bra and limit your physical activity during this period. You must specifically refrain from vigorous twisting or movement of the upper body, bending, lifting – and in particular overhead lifting – or any other strenuous or taxing physical activity. Once all swelling has subsided, you may gradually return to normal activity and exercise.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you experience any discomfort or hardness around the site of your breast implants, you must immediately be seen and evaluated in case your breast implants need to be removed or exchanged. If you have simply changed your mind about the breast implants you have, and would like to experiment with a new size and shape, you may also consider removing and exchanging your Breast Implants. If you’ve decided that breast implants are not for you, you may also undergo a Breast Implant Removal surgery. You must be a healthy adult with no contraindications to surgery in order to safely undergo the procedure.
With many years of experience in the field of cosmetic procedures, Dr. Olga Bachilo is a highly recommended and respected plastic surgeon working in the Houston area and serving residents of Houston, Katy, Sugar Land and nearby communities near Houston, TX.
In some instances, if the breast implants are causing a health hazard such as an infection, it is possible that some health insurance plans may cover it. If you are having your implants removed for purely cosmetic reasons, it is not likely to be covered. Sometimes the Breast Implant Warranty offers partial coverage of the Breast Implant Removal procedure if required due to complications caused by a defect in the implant.
Yes. Most patients choose to exchange their existing implants for new implants in a different size or shape. Some patients choose to switch from saline to silicone or vice versa.
The cost of Breast Implant Removal may differ between patients, depending on such factors as the extent of work required and whether or not you choose to get new implants. Typically, the procedure usually costs between $5,000 and $7,000.
Yes. You may choose to simply remove your implants; however, in most cases, you will need to address the stretched, sagging skin that will be left behind after an implant removal procedure. This is best treated with a Breast Lift.
You may choose to have a fat transfer procedure to enhance the size and volume of your breasts using your own body fat.
Yes. Many patients do indeed choose to combine this procedure with another procedure, typically a Breast Lift.
Not in most cases. Dr. Bachilo will do her best to use only the incisions created during your original implant surgery in order to perform the Breast Implant removal surgery, with the goal of not creating any new scars.
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