If you have had breast augmentation, then you may have noticed that your implants have changed over time, or that you’ve developed chronic pain in your breasts from scar tissue that’s developed around the implants.
Dr. Joseph Russo, a Boston plastic surgeon who specializes in breast surgery, including implant removal, can help restore a natural, healthy appearance to your breasts. Dr. Russo understands your concerns and can help you find a solution for your breast implant removal needs.
Breast implants are not considered lifelong devices and should be removed and replaced every ten to fifteen years. In addition, scar tissue may form around breast implants
The goal of breast implant removal surgery is to remove breast implants from breast augmentation or breast reconstruction patients. ... Often, the scar tissue that forms after the placement of an implant is soft and does not need to be removed, but it may harden, causing pain and discomfort.
Implants, much like the surrounding breast tissue, can change in shape and size the longer you have them. This can lead you to become unhappy with their appearance, especially if you’ve experienced changes in your weight. You may also find scar tissue has formed around the implants, leading to chronic pain.
There may also be leaks in the implants, leading to a need to remove them. Most doctors advise removing and/or replacing implants every ten to fifteen years, as they can wear out over time. Undergoing breast implant removal allows you to correct these issues and improve your satisfaction with your appearance.
If you have chronic pain, implant leakage, changes in your body, or are simply unhappy with your implants, you may be looking for breast implant removal. Ideal candidates should be nonsmokers in good health who have had previous breast implants.
Breast implant removal surgery is considered an outpatient procedure. While times vary, the surgery can last up to three hours. You will be placed under general anesthesia before Dr. Russo begins.
After you are sedated, Dr. Russo will make incisions under your breasts or around your areolas. He will then remove the implant and any scar tissue through the incisions. If you have elected for a replacement implant, then he will insert and place it at that time. Once Dr. Russo has finished and sutured your incisions, you’ll be sent to a recovery room for monitoring as you wake up.
Due to changes that result from removing implants and scar tissue, patients feel tender, bruised, and sore after their surgery. It’s important to take at least a week off of work, school, or other activities to allow your body time to rest. You will need to avoid lifting any heavy objects, doing housework, or exercising vigorously, as that can open your stitches. It can take anywhere from six to eight weeks for you to fully recover and return to your normal activities.
The results of your breast implant removal are immediately visible, although swelling and bruising means you may not see or feel the full extent of the changes until they fade.
If you have had new implants to replace your old ones, then the shape of your breasts may look different. Once your incisions have healed and the swelling has faded, you will also notice the lack of chronic pain due to the removal of the scar tissue around the implants, which can provide significant relief.
Breast implant removal can benefit your health in several ways, from removing leaks to easing chronic pain. If you are interested in breast implant removal in Boston and the surrounding areas, Dr. Russo requires that you first book a consultation so he can review your medical history and conduct an exam to establish your overall eligibility.
If you are experiencing chronic pain in your breasts, unhappy with the size or shape of your breasts, have changes in your skin from weight fluctuations, or there is leakage from an implant, breast implant removal can provide the best solution for correcting these issues.
The cost of breast implant removal depends on whether it’s combined with implant replacement and a breast lift. If your implant removal is elective, then your insurance will not cover the cost of the surgery. However, most implants have warranties that cover up to ten years. While that does not usually include the cost of the surgery, that can help lower the overall price of the procedure.
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