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Breast Explant

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A breast explant in Houston can address a number of issues after breast augmentation with implants. This breast implant removal procedure can be used to effectively take out problematic implants, solving aesthetic and/or health issues.

What Is Breast Explant Surgery?

A breast explant surgery, also known as breast implant removal, is performed by Dr. Donna Rich. Breast implants may develop ruptures, leaks, or hardening of the surrounding scar-tissue capsule. These lead to complications like malformation, pain, and discomfort. A breast explant surgery may involve removal of implants, silicone material, and scar tissue.

I have been very happy with my process here with Dr. Rich and staff. I felt very confident going into surgery and was surprised to see the extent of follow up care that she provides. I have mentioned her to many friends and tell anyone that I talk to about implants who did mine.
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Am I a Good Candidate for Breast Implant Removal?

If you have issues with your previous breast augmentation or breast reconstruction surgery, you may undergo breast implant removal. If you experience pain, have capsular contracture, or experience implant rupture/leak, you are a good candidate for this procedure.

If you wish to remove or exchange your implants for aesthetic reasons, this surgery is also recommended. Some patients experience issues like rippling of the skin above the implant, implant malposition, or double-bubble deformity. Other patients simply prefer to return to the appearance of their breasts before implants.

Your Consultation

Discuss your goals, issues, and expected outcome during your consultation. Your candidness will help determine the success of your surgery. Let your surgeon know about your symptoms, and ask any questions that you may have regarding the removal of your breast implants.

Dr. Rich may perform a physical examination of your breasts or require additional diagnostic tests, such as X-ray imaging. She will ask questions about your medical history, previous surgeries, drug allergies, and current medications. You will be informed about the details of the procedure, including any possible complications and any preparation steps.

The Procedure

Breast explant surgery begins with the administration of anesthesia. Then, Dr. Rich will create incisions, typically in the same locations that were used for the primary breast procedure. This helps to avoid any new post-surgical marks.

The implant will then be removed, as well as any silicone materials that have leaked out. The scar-tissue capsule will also be removed in some cases. The incisions will then be closed using stitches or surgical tape.

The Recovery Process

Following your breast implant removal surgery, you may need to use a support bra or compression garment. This helps alleviate swelling and secures the stitches for quick recovery. Dr. Rich might also place drains, which are tiny tubes that are placed temporarily under your skin to get rid of excess fluids.

You may notice a change in breast shape, drooping, or dimpling on your breasts. This will depend on the amount of scar tissue that has been removed. Healing can take several weeks. You may not be able to lift anything within the first few weeks. Avoid any strenuous activities to allow the incisions to fully heal.

The Cost of a Breast Explant Procedure

The cost of a breast explant procedure varies, because it is a highly individualized surgery tailored for each patient. The overall price may include anesthesia, operating room facilities, new breast implants, and other related expenses. Additional tests and imaging may also add to your total.

Contact Us to Learn More

If you are experiencing complications from a previous breast augmentation surgery, a breast explant in Houston may be able to get rid of your painful symptoms. Call today to schedule your consultation.