While women who undergo breast augmentation are often very satisfied with the results, but over time, life changes such as pregnancy and weight gain may affect how they feel about them. Additionally, breast implants must be replaced every 10 to 15 years, so these factors lead many women to have their implants removed rather than replaced. If you’re considering breast implant removal surgery in Raleigh, board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Ortiz can help you achieve the goals you have for your body in a safe, comfortable environment.
Breast implant removal, also called explant surgery, often stems from the following reasons:
No matter what your reason is for choosing an explant procedure, Dr. Ortiz will work with you to ensure you understand the procedure and the results and are confident in your choice for the procedure.
Removing the breast implant simply involves removing the silicone or saline implant from the breast pocket. While excess scar tissue or a rupture may make this procedure more complicated, it's generally very safe and straightforward, especially if you are in good health at the time of surgery.
Before your explant surgery, you will receive general anesthesia or intravenous sedation and a local anesthetic. To begin the procedure, Dr. Ortiz will make an incision via the inframammary fold, the lower fold under your breast, or around the areola. Often, the original incision of your breast augmentation surgery can be used to minimize additional scarring. Once the incision is made, he will remove the implant as well as the breast capsules, which is the fibrous tissue that grew around the implant after your initial augmentation.
During your consultation, Dr. Ortiz will discuss incision placement, what you can expect from your results, and your recovery experience. Explant surgery can be performed as a standalone procedure or at the same time as a breast lift to reduce or minimize any sagging or drooping that can occur once the implants are removed. If you would simply like to change the size or shape of your implants, he may recommend a breast implant revision instead.
If you are exploring breast implant removal, reach out to our Raleigh plastic surgery center today. Dr. Ortiz is a renowned, board-certified plastic surgeon who works with patients to help them achieve their goals for their body, and our staff provides a safe, welcoming environment for your procedure. To schedule your personalized consultation at our plastic surgery center today, give us a call at 919-532-2270 or complete our easy-to-use online contact form below.