Breast Implant Removal in Houston, TX

Surgery Overview
  • AnesthesiaGeneral
  • Surgery Length2 Hours
  • Recovery Time1 week

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.

What's Next?

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.


Frequently Asked Questions

When should I consider Breast Implant Removal?

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.

Who is the best plastic surgeon in Houston for Breast Implant Removal?

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.

Will my Health Insurance cover Breast Implant Removal?

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.

Can I exchange my Breast Implants for new implants?

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.

How much does Breast Implant Removal cost in Houston, TX?

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.

Can I choose to remove my implants and not replace them?

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.

How can I enlarge my breasts without implants?

You may choose to have a fat transfer procedure to enhance the size and volume of your breasts using your own body fat.

Can I combine Breast Implant Removal with another procedure?

Yes.  Many patients do indeed choose to combine this procedure with another procedure, typically a Breast Lift.

Will Breast Implant Removal surgery leave new scars?

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.

Our Testimonials


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Bellaire, TX

I decided to try Coolsculpting for the first time on my chin. I was a bit nervous to have the procedure to get rid of my double chin, but OMG I can already see it working! Dr. Bachilo was awesome! She explained how everything works, what the machine does and the sensation I would experience during and after the treatment. I’ve made my appointment to do Coolsculpting on the belly next.

Great doctor
Houston, TX

Last month I went in to see Dr. Bachilo to get Dysport injections for my wrinkles and fillers in my cheeks and chin. I was very worried as it was my first time having this procedure done, I didn't know what to expect but Dr. Bachilo was very patient with me she took her time explaining and answering all my questions she made me feel very comfortable.

Wow! I am so pleased with Dr.Bachilo’s expertise!
Houston, TX

I was so thankful for her honesty and knowledge of products/procedures that I was wanting to have done. She guided me to the correct breast implant size and recovery was a breeze. When it came to my concern of wrinkles and lines she was extremely understanding and actually listened to me. She explained the different fillers and Botox products, which I am so pleased in everything she did to make me look younger!!! I have recommended her to several friends and will continue to do so!! Just go and she how wonderful she is!

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Sugar Land, TX

I believe it is essential to find a professional who is in tune with patients’ needs, responsive, can perform the necessary measures and do what is best for the client without heavily promoting additional services. Dr. Bachilo not only met my meticulous expectations, but also exceeded, so I will be back as needed.

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Houston, TX

I hated wrinkles on my forehead, and nasal labial folds. I had filler injected around nasal labial folds and around corner of my mouth. Botox injection into my forehead. I couldn't be happier with the results. After many comments about why I look so much younger I will definitely have it done again.

Lower Body Lift Patient- Incredibly Amazing Results!
Houston, TX

Dr. Bachilo performed a lower body lift procedure on me. The work she did on my body and the results are more than amazing. It is life changing the difference it has made for me in how I look and feel. I will say again her work is incredible. From the first time I sat with her to discuss the procedure, to surgery day, and throughout the aftercare, Dr. Bachilo has been tremendous. Her attention to detail is to be applauded as well as her knowledge, confidence, directness, and kindness with you as a patient. I can not say enough how awesome this experience has been for me and how much I am grateful to her!

Great first experience
Bellaire, TX

She has great bedside manner! She was honest & conservative about what she thought I should have done that day in the office. I will be back to see her again! Love that she called to check on my results and how I was feeling.

Mommy Makeover: The best!
Cypress, TX

Life changing! Wonderful experience. Dr. B is so awesome. She listened , and she has given me better results than I could of dreamed of. Amazing Dr. and a very lovely lady ! Her before & after care is top notch.

Plump Lips Indeed!
Houston, TX

100% recommend! Dr Bachilo is very courteous, professional, spends more than enough time explaining everything, and truly cares about her patients. Called me the next day to check up on me during her day off!

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