What is Breast Implant Removal

Breast Implant removal is performed for many reasons.  Some choose to have a replacement of their implants whereas others choose to completely remove them.  Breast implants that are aged, damaged or ruptured cannot be repaired, they must be removed and can be replaced.  Manufacturers of breast implants recommend that they are replaced after 10 years.

There are many other reasons why you may choose to have a removal and replacement of implants including; replacing of old textured implants which may have a higher risk of lymphoma, change of size or placement of implants, to correct a complication such as capsular contraction or after breastfeeding.  Some may choose not to have their implants replaced during this surgery.

Common names

Breast Explant, Breast implant removal and replacement

Targeted areas

breast

Procedure Information

Procedure Type

Surgical

Cost

from $2200

Recovery Time

Up to 2 weeks

Treatable Area's

breast

What happens before the procedure?

Smoking and illicit drug use must be strictly avoided for 2 weeks before the procedure. Smokers must quit for 1 week before and 1 week after the procedure. We take smoking very seriously as a high risk for any procedure, so you must be aware of the cancellation policy if you smoke.

You should be fit and healthy, and avoid blood thinning medication such as aspirin, anti-inflammatory medicine and warfarin. At least two consultations are needed before most procedures. A full history and examination will be conducted. You’ll be started on antibiotics and extensive instructions will be given.

You may be required to go for an ultrasound prior to the procedure to assess the integrity of the impact shell of the implant.

 

What happens on the day of the procedure?

The medical team will perform an extensive check-up before the procedure.

You’ll be seen by the nurse, the doctor and the anaesthetist before the procedure commences. You’ll change into a surgical gown and will be escorted to a fully-licensed and credentialed theatre.

You’ll then be hooked up to monitoring equipment and the anaesthetist will administer sedation to a level that you’ll feel no discomfort or recall any events.

The area will be made numb by tumescent local anaesthesia. Many patients report this to be especially beneficial, as they awaken completely numb. The procedure will take between one and three hours, plus two hours for recovery.

Note: A responsible carer must drop off, pick up and take care of you for the first night.

What happens after the procedure?

The first night you must rest under full supervision. Your carer must escort you to the toilet and back and observe for any light-headiness. If you become light-headed you should lay flat and elevate your legs.

Your carer must also administer all medications and leave their phone on for a medical team follow-up. The doctor and/or nurses are available to assist all night.

The following day you’ll be reviewed by the medical team and given a bed bath. You should not shower for the first day. On the second day, you’ll be reviewed by the medical team and be allowed to shower.

You should be up and moving on the first day, but you must be cautious. The first 2 weeks is for strict rest – it’s not the time for travel or a holiday.

 

Will a Private Health Fund Cover Breast Implant Removal?

Some Medicare item numbers are applicable to breast implant removal or breast implant removal and replacement.  Health fund rebates may be applicable, please contact for more information about this.

Why choose Absolute Cosmetic for this procedure?

  • Absolute was one of the first full-time cosmetic clinics in WA.
  • We’ve performed hundreds of breast implant removal and replacements and fixed many botched jobs.
  • We’ve been trained by some of the world’s leading experts.
  • We have a 24-hour on-call service to assist you with any concerns.
  • We have a team of doctors including FRACS and non-FRACS that can be involved in your care.
  • We offer a wide range of quality implants, including polyurethane implants.

* Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks.  Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified practitioner.

"Dr Murray has over 20 years of experience in Cosmetic Medicine"

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