About Breast Implant Removal
While breast augmentation surgery remains one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries today, there are cases where women will decide that they want or need to have their breast implants removed. Las Vegas, NV board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Khorsandi performs breast implant removal surgery and meets with patients to discuss their options. Depending on why breast implant removal is being requested or needed, some revision aspect may be required, such as a breast lift, skin tightening, or a fat transfer to create a normal appearance. The goal during treatment is to attain an aesthetically pleasing, natural-appearing result while at the same time, offering an overall healthy outcome. If you are contemplating going back to your previous breast size, implant removal surgery is an option. We invite you to call VIP Plastic Surgery to learn more.
Your Treatment Plan
During your consultation, Dr. Khorsandi will talk with you about what is concerning you and will also provide a full assessment to check for issues or problems concerning the implant. He will also want to understand what type of implant you have and how long you have had them. A customized treatment plan will be created so that the safe removal of the implant can be achieved and a natural look attained. Women who desire to have implants but wish to switch them out during surgery for a new implant (for a new size, shape, or texture) can do so during this surgery.
Breast Implant Removal Reviews
"I have consistently had a great experience at VIP plastic surgery! Dr Khoursandi is the best in the business and has an amazing and friendly staff! I have been going to him once a year for lip and eye fillers for the last 4 years and last month he did a remove and replace on my breast implants. I am so extremely happy with the results! I love how they turned out!! I also have diabetes and he was very concerned for me to make sure I checked my sugars more frequently during the recovery process and to really watch my sugars. That made me feel very valued as a client instead of just doing the surgery and leaving me with regular care instructions for a normal breast augmentation."- R.S. / Yelp / Feb 20, 2020
"Picking Dr.Korsandi to do my breast augmentation was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made! I thought long and hard about this for so long and went to 5 other consultations over the course of a year and I am so glad I waited to find someone who I felt like I had a good connection with. Not only does he have great bedside manner he made me feel calm and confident about my decision the entire time from pre ops to the day of surgery to post surgery care and check ups. He always took his time to answer my questions and I never felt rushed. I was so nervous, but the extra steps he has taken to make sure everything was perfect made me feel so good about my decision. He has a 3D imaging machine that really helped me realistically choice the size that was right for me that I hadn’t seen anywhere else. I’ve never gotten so many compliments and people ask me almost daily who did my surgery and tell me they wish they would have found this office before they had theirs done. They are seriously perfect. Thank you so much Dr. Korsandi, you helped me gain my confidence back!"- K.S. / Google / Mar 18, 2020
"Only trust Place I absolutely trust. Everyone is always so helpful and nice. I had a little sagging on my right breast and Dr. put new implants and a lift. Absolutely satisfied with all the procedures I have done in your office. I get my skin treatments with Mel she is always honest and keeping my face Beautiful. The best doctor and a very friendly office"- J.P. / Yelp / Aug 12, 2020
"In my years of experience with various surgeons, I finally found Dr Khorsandi. Making a major change in my life of a lift, breast reduction, and implant change, turned into being an amazing experience for me with him. His expertise and his amazing talent is the reason he is my doctor of choice. So grateful that he appreciates beauty and sees it from an artist point of view. Taking his time with my difficult case, he created the final outcome for me with his experience and I will say He is the Doctor to choose for your future cosmetic surgery decisions. Thank goodness, for this amazing surgeon and I will be forever grateful for him taking the time to make me feel amazing, beautiful, and confident. Dr K you are meant to be at the top of everyone’s list. Angela M."- A.L. / Yelp / Jan 27, 2021
"I was overdue for my breast implant replacement. I knew I wanted to go smaller, plus have a lift as well. A couple of years prior to my ten year replacement anniversary, my best friend invited me to VIP’s open house event. My friend use to work with Dr. Khorsandi, prior to him opening his own practice. She saw first hand how he consulted with potential patients and was in awe of his professionalism with his consultations. He never promised anything he couldn’t deliver and always had the patients best health reasons and safety in mind. This impressed my friend and why she always spoke very highly of Dr. Khorsandi and had the upmost respect for him. She also witnessed how devoted and serious he was in his career and how hard he studied for his medical board certifications. At the open house event, I met Dr. Khorsandi and he gave me consultation on what I wanted done with my breast reduction. I was very pleased with what he could offer me. He also suggested I get blepharoplasty surgery as well. I was in full agreement. When I was finally ready to have my surgical procedures done, I went to a couple of other plastic surgeons for consultations, but my instincts directed me to Dr. Khorsandi. I’m glad I did. He is very knowledgeable and professionalism all around. His staff is kind and always available to answer any questions. My procedure went very well and I am so delighted with the results. My breast reduction with lift looks very flattering for my body frame and my blepharoplasty took 10 years off my face. I’m so happy I went with my dear friend’s recommendation to have Dr. Khorsandi perform my cosmetic procedure. I will definitely use him in the near future for my next wish list procedure, liposuction. ."- S.G. / Google / Nov 16, 2020
Reasons for Removal
Implant removal surgery may be requested for a number of reasons. Some women no longer desire to have implants while others need to have their implants removed in order to correct an issue. Some common reasons why breast implant removal may be necessary include:
- Implant rupture
- Capsular contracture (excessive scar tissue)
- Implant malfunction
- Unpleasing aesthetic results, such as bottoming out
- Concern over the type of implant used during the original surgery (such as textured implants)
- Breast implant illness
At our Las Vegas, NV plastic surgery center, one of the most common reasons for breast implant removal is due to capsular contracture. In addition, the use of textured implants has shown to lead to symptoms associated with breast implant illness, as well as concerns over certain types of cancer.
Concerns with textured breast implants and BIA-ALCL
A textured breast implant is an implant (silicone or saline) that is made with a special coating or texturing layer. The manufacturers of textured implants suggested that the texturing would actually help decrease the incidence of capsular contracture. In recent years, it has been believed that textured implants may actually cause a seroma (or fluid) within the capsule that surrounds the breast implant. This can cause unwanted symptoms in patients and is a reason breast implant removal may be warranted. However, a more recent and troubling concern is that an unfamiliar lymphoma has been associated specifically with textured implants (both saline and silicone) known as Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). Patients with textured implants may develop this condition, which is not breast cancer but considered a type of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (cancer of the immune system). To confirm if a patient has BIA-ALCL, the entire capsule is sent for pathology. Dr. Khorsandi will consult with the patient on options for treatment. The good news is that once the capsule is removed, this lymphoma is highly treatable.
During your breast implant removal procedure, the implants are taken out and the scar tissue is addressed. Depending on your specific case, several surgical techniques may be considered, including:
This is a procedure in which a portion of the "capsule" is addressed. During a capsulotomy, scar tissue surrounding the breast implant is removed. This technique is commonly performed to correct capsular contracture, which is the most common complication of breast augmentation surgery. The breast implant may be removed or kept in reinserted.
For patients experiencing a higher grade of scar tissue (Grade III or Grade IV capsular contracture), surgical removal of the capsule will be needed. During a capsulectomy, the cavity (or "envelope") that surrounds the implant is removed. Once this process is complete, a new implant can be inserted.
En Bloc Capsulectomy
In severe cases of contracture where scar tissue has comprised the integrity of the implant and breast appearance, or if BIA-ALCL is thought to exist, an en bloc capsulectomy will be performed. An en bloc capsulectomy is a dual technique where the breast implant and its surrounding fibrous capsule is removed at the same time (where the term “en bloc” is derived). This approach differs from the other techniques because instead of removing the breast implant and then the capsule, they are removed together. Performing implant removal and the en bloc capsulectomy simultaneously leads to the least amount of contamination to the breast, which minimizes complications.
After undergoing breast augmentation, your body forms a protective pouch of scar tissue, which helps the implant stay in place. Generally, the scar tissue inside the breast is soft to the touch, but sometimes, the tissue becomes thick and hard. When this happens, it causes tightness, pain, and an abnormal look to the breasts. Dr. Khorsandi performs subtotal capsulectomy to remove the entire implant, pouch, and scar tissue so you can feel more comfortable.
Regardless of the surgical approach, if the implant is removed and a new implant is not being inserted, Dr. Khorsandi will assess how the breasts look and may perform a breast lift with skin removal and skin tightening to create a natural result. If discussed prior, a fat transfer may also be incorporated to help add natural volume back to the breast to help create and improve the overall shape. There are a number of alternatives to consider, and these will all be discussed during your consultation and pre-operative appointments based on your treatment plan.
What to Expect
The recovery period after breast implant removal will vary for every individual, depending on the repair required after the procedure. After surgery, Dr. Khorsandi will provide post-procedure directions and might suggest additional procedures to help eliminate scarring or add additional volume if needed. For the first few weeks, patients may experience swelling and bruising and must restrict strenuous exercise until otherwise permitted. But patients are invited to stand and gradually move around as it will help with blood circulation. Optimal results can normally be observed roughly 4 – 6 months following the operation. Virtual consultations are $100 and in-person consults $300 the consult fee goes towards the procedure they are non-refundable.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $3,000 - $5,850
- Recovery Time
- 6-8 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1-2 hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 Week
Restore Your Breasts
Numerous factors could cause you to be dissatisfied with your current breast implants. Whether they're the wrong texture, shape, or size, Dr. Christopher Khorsandi with VIP Plastic Surgery can help you achieve your goals with breast implant removal. He will be able to assess your breasts, listen to your concerns, and speak with you regarding your choices to renew the appearance and health of your breasts. To get more information, call our Las Vegas, NV plastic surgery center for more information.
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