While the goal of a breast augmentation procedure is to provide women with long-lasting results, breast implants do not last forever. Dr. Greg Chernoff advises patients that while some implants last for decades, others may need to be changed in a much shorter period of time.*
The most common reasons patients desire to have their breast implants removed are due to:
- Hardening of the breast capsule
- Implant rupture
- Preference of woman to change size or type
Many breast implant removal patients are concerned that their breasts will sag, or they will look deflated. Dr. Chernoff is a board-certified plastic surgeon who is experienced in breast implant removal surgery and techniques to restore a woman’s breast.
WHO NEEDS BREAST IMPLANT REMOVAL AND REPLACEMENT SURGERY?
There are several reasons a woman will need a breast implant removal. The primary reasons include:
- Implant Complications
Complications include implant rupture, folding, or deflation. It doesn’t matter what type of implant you have as both saline and silicone implants can rupture.
- Capsular Contracture
A hardening of the breast capsule results from scarring that forms around the breast implant. The condition is not dangerous but many women prefer that their breast implant be removed and replaced.
- Personal Preference
Some women feel their breast implants are the wrong shape or size. Over time they may have moved into the wrong position because of weight loss, weight gain, or pregnancy.
WHAT IS BREAST IMPLANT REMOVAL AND REPLACEMENT SURGERY?
Over time, women who have had breast augmentation surgery will ultimately need a breast implant revision procedure. This may include:
- Removal of the implants and replacing with new implants
- Removal of the implants without replacement
- Reposition of existing implants
It is imperative that ruptured implants be removed and/or replaced. In some cases, if gel implants have been left for many years, they can be difficult to remove and require additional time and expertise.
Capsular contracture is scarring that forms around the breast implant and for the majority of patients doesn’t bother them and is unnoticeable. However, for the small number of patients the capsule is firm and may feel like it shifts or contracts, and changes shape. The reason patients develop capsular contracture is unknown. It is not dangerous but, in most cases, patients prefer the removal of the implant.
Explant surgery, or En Bloc Capsulectomy, removes the implant and the capsule in one piece. Dr. Chernoff warns patients that this surgery is a meticulous procedure that removes the entire capsule along with the any part of the capsule and scar tissue attached to the chest wall and ribs. In some cases, it is necessary to repair the pectoralis muscle.
Patients may decide they would like smaller or larger implants. Additionally, some women who have saline implants may want to change to gel or what is referred to gummy bear implants.
Dr. Chernoff will discuss the specifics of your implant removal surgery and options available for replacement.
PREPARING FOR Breast Implant Removal and Replacement SURGERYPrior to any surgical procedure, Dr. Chernoff recommends that all our patients read our “Patient Guide for Plastic Surgery”. The guide explains important points that all patients should think about as they are considering a procedure.
WHAT RESULTS CAN YOU EXPECT AFTER YOUR SURGERY?
Breast implant removal and replacement patients can be assured that, with detailed consultations and Dr. Chernoff’s innovative surgical technique, the reshaped breast will be more attractive and, most important, the results will look natural.
AFTER SURGERY CARE
Following your breast implant removal and replacement surgery, Dr. Chernoff and our dedicated team of recovery and after care nurses will provide you with specific instructions regarding the best way to care for your breasts following your procedure to promote healing while reducing discomfort. Cold compresses can be used to help minimize swelling and reduce pain.*
Chernoff Cosmetic Surgery patients who travel to our Santa Rosa office for their Breast Implant Removal and Replacement can choose to stay in our Guest House after their procedure. Our staff will advise you with the details.
WHY DR. GREG CHERNOFF FOR YOUR BODY AUGMENTATION, SHAPING & CONTOURING SURGERY?
When considering cosmetic surgery, finding the right surgeon can mean the difference between great results and less than optimal results. Board certification, advanced training and skills, along with years of experience are important factors to consider when selecting your body augmentation, shaping and contouring cosmetic surgeon. You only have one body and you want to be sure to select the “best” plastic surgeon for your procedure.
At Chernoff Cosmetic Surgery in Santa Rosa, CA you can be reassured that he has the appropriate surgical certifications, extensive knowledge, experience, surgical skill and aesthetic vision. Dr. Chernoff is a renowned aesthetic surgeon and educator.
You can trust your breast lift surgery to Dr. Chernoff, a triple board certified facial and reconstructive plastic surgeon. After medical school, he completed an additional eight years of advanced training in breast rejuvenation techniques and combines this with aesthetic vision and patient-centered care to create the optimal surgical experience.
Dr. Chernoff is certified by The American Board of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, The American Board of Facial, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
The After Care we provide at Chernoff Cosmetic Surgery is unique and exceptional. We will see patients every day to reassure them, provide treatments and techniques that help the healing process and improve results. Read our Patient Surgery Guide.
Dr. Chernoff has performed hundreds of face and body cosmetic surgeries and procedures for men and women in Santa Rosa, CA and the surrounding communities for over 20 years.*Results may vary and are not guaranteed. Contact Chernoff Cosmetic Surgery to see if you are a candidate.