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Breast Implant Removal

As we get older the breasts change, as the rest of the body does. Women who have had implants may no longer be happy with them and would seek to have them replaced with or without breast uplift or opt to have them removed completely.
Women who choose to have them removed completely may opt for a breast uplift at the same time or after 3-6 months.
Following removal of breast implants, women need to be aware that the breasts would lose volume as well as shape. Some women may be happy with this while others would consider other follow-up procedures such breast uplift or implant replacement with or without breast uplift.
A consultation would be valuable to assess your needs so that you could that you could be advised accordingly.

WHO WOULD BENEFIT FROM IMPLANT REMOVAL SURGERY
Women who have had implants over a number of years (> 10 years) and who are no longer happy with them.

UNSUITABLE PATIENTS FOR IMPLANT REMOVAL SURGERY
Patients who are actively smoking or who have significant medical conditions such as uncontrolled hypertension are generally unsuitable for this procedure. Patients who smoke should have ceased for 4-6 weeks prior to surgery and hypertensive patients would need to have had their hypertension treated prior to surgery. Patients on blood thinning medications such as aspirin will need to stop this medication for 7-
10 prior to their surgery.
This, like any other cosmetic procedures, should not be considered in patients who have unrealistic expectations or body image disorders.

YOUR SURGICAL JOURNEY
You will be offered at least 2 consultations before your surgery. During your first consultation the reasons for, feasibility and expectations of the operation will be discussed. A series of breast and chest measurements will be made and noted.
Standard photographs will be taken with your consent. If you are a smoker, you should stop at least 2 weeks prior to your surgery.

THE OPERATION
The operation will be performed under a general anaesthetic (that is, you will put to sleep by an experienced consultant anaesthetist) in a safe and caring manner respecting your dignity at all times. Most patients are able to go home on the same day.
Following your surgery, you will need to wear a sports bra for 6 weeks.

KEY INFORMATION

  • Operating Time: 60 mins
  • Anaesthetic: General Anesthesia (GA)
  • Hospital Stay: Day case
  • Time off work: 1 – 2 weeks
  • Exercise: 6 weeks after surgery
  • Driving: 2 – 3 weeks
  • Special Advice: Sports bra should be worn for 6 weeks post-op