Beverly Hills Breast Implant Removal
There are many reasons for women to remove or replace their breast implants. Dr. Gabbay sees patients from both the aesthetic and medical ends of the spectrum. If this procedure interests you, schedule a consultation with a Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon.
WHY REMOVE BREAST IMPLANTS?There are many reasons women choose breast implant removal surgery in Beverly Hills. A majority of these procedures occur for one of two main motives. First, the patient wishes to alter the size or shape of her breasts for aesthetic reasons. She also may be experiencing complications with the implants. This includes a rupture or capsular contracture.
Implant ChangesBreast implants are not meant to be permanent. They may need to be changed after many years (often ten years or greater). These situations include implant rupture, capsular contracture, or personal decisions to remove implants. Beverly Hills plastic surgeons like Dr. Joubin Gabbay help women who wish to remove or replace their implants.
Capsular ContractureAlthough uncommon, capsular contracture accounts for the majority of explantation procedures. This condition happens when the body forms a tissue lining or “capsule” around the implant. As time goes on and symptoms increase, this capsule continues to contract and tighten. This causes deformity, discomfort, and potential pain. There are four levels of severity when it comes to capsular contracture:
- Grade I: The breast still looks and feels natural, remaining shapely in appearance and soft in texture.
- Grade II: The breast still appears normal, but has begun to feel firmer.
- Grade III: The firmness quotient is noticeably higher. The shape of the breast looks somewhat misshapen.
- Grade IV: The breast has hardened. It appears deformed to a more extreme degree. It may also feel sore, painful, or tender at this level of contracture.
RuptureImplant rupture is also a possibility with either silicone or saline implants. Keep in mind; symptoms can differ. Silicone implants are composed of a thick, cohesive gel. If a leak occurs, the gel can remain contained inside the casing or the scar tissue. This is an intracapsular rupture. In sporadic cases, if the gel extends outside of the implant capsule, it can move into other surrounding areas of the breast. This creates inflammation and lumpiness. Women whose silicone implants have ruptured may notice distortion, shrinking, and discomfort. If no symptoms are present, this is a “silent rupture.” Saline implants are saltwater-based. When a leak takes place, your body absorbs the salt water. After a saline leak, your breast will begin to deflate. This makes the condition noticeable almost immediately.
Aesthetic ReasonsMany women also decide to remove their breast implants due to cosmetic reasons. These reasons include:
- The patient feels the augmented breasts are too large or too small.
- Implants are asymmetrical.
- The results are not what they had hoped.
- Patient is ready for a change
Other ProblemsUncommon complications that can happen as a result of breast augmentation include:
- Ptosis (sagging)
- Implant position changes
- Calcification (calcium buildup)
- Extrusion (implant becoming visible through the skin of the breast)
- Necrosis (presence of dead tissue in the breast)
- Seroma (fluid pooling)
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YOUR OPTIONS FOLLOWING AN IMPLANT REMOVAL
Fat Transfer Breast AugmentationA fat transfer can be an excellent alternative to silicone or saline implants. This process does not entail any external materials placed inside the body. Instead, Dr. Gabbay will take fat from other areas of the body. Liposuction on the thighs, waist, and abdominal areas makes this possible. The fat is then purified and injected into the breasts. This creates the beautiful fullness of implants without any foreign materials. Fat transfer to the breasts usually doesn’t result in the same amount of volume increase as implants can yield. However, they often come close.
Breast LiftIf you don’t want to augment your breasts, a simple breast lift procedure can be done on its own. A breast lift keeps your body looking natural and provides a sexy new contour. Proportion is key.
Implant ReplacementFor patients who are happy with implants but want an aesthetic change, an implant replacement may be a good choice. Dr. Gabbay removes the implants and inserts new ones so you can return home with the body you want.
YOUR CONSULTATIONBefore you decide which implant removal procedure is best for you, set up a consultation with Dr. Joubin Gabbay. He will answer all your questions and address your projected results. Dr. Gabbay will also check your medical history and current medications. This ensures that any procedure is undertaken with utmost safety. He will also discuss the estimated cost of your options. Dr. Gabbay of Beverly Hills is an expert at resolving all breast implant issues.
PRE-OPERATIVE INFORMATIONPreparing properly for an operation is key for optimal results. Patients should stop smoking, taking aspirin, and other blood thinners well before surgery. Dr. Gabbay may also ask you to adjust or stop taking certain prescription drugs. Our goal is to avoid all complications during the procedure and recovery process. Patients should arrange for a family member or friend to pick them up from surgery. Postoperative breast surgery patients cannot drive on their own. Dr. Gabbay will provide you with more detailed instructions during your initial consultation.
IMPLANT REMOVAL PROCEDUREDr. Gabbay performs the implant removal procedure on an outpatient basis. He uses general anesthesia in most cases. After creating the incision, Dr. Gabbay will remove the old implant and capsule. He will then revise the surrounding tissue as needed. The incision traces the old incision location from your previous breast augmentation surgery. This keeps scarring to a minimum. Dr. Gabbay will then proceed with one of three options:
- Replace the explanted one with a new silicone or saline implant.
- Inject a purified fat graft to augment the breast without an implant.
- Perform a breast lift to boost and tighten the skin and reshape the breast.
BREAST IMPLANT REMOVAL RECOVERYRecovering from breast implant removal surgery is like standard augmentation surgery. Plan to have a friend or family member take you home after surgery and make sure to spend a few days getting rest. Avoid physical activity for at least four weeks. Avoid alcohol and smoking during the entire healing period. As with the initial implant surgery, results should be visible immediately. As swelling and bruising heal, your final results will become more noticeable. You may take pain medication prescribed by Dr. Gabbay to control any discomfort. Breast implant replacements should last about ten years, barring any further complications. In the case of fat transfer, results will shift somewhat over the following weeks. The fat cells must adapt to their new environment. For breast lift patients, results are permanent but still subject to the effects of aging. Call Gabbay Plastic Surgery today at (310) 388-9383 to learn more about your options for breast implant removal in Beverly Hills.
*Results may vary