Breast Implant Removal

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What is Breast Implant Removal? 

Breast implant removal is a surgical procedure performed for previous breast augmentation patients who need or desire to remove their breast implants. Many women who receive breast implants do not need to remove or replace them for many years, but implant removal can be performed at any time once the breasts have healed from an initial procedure.

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Reasons for Breast Implant Removal 

Women choose to remove their breast implants for cosmetic or health reasons. Sometimes, patients no longer look like the look of their implants and want to restore their natural breasts. They may also want to replace their implants with a different size or type of implant. In other cases, implants may need to be removed after implant leaks or ruptures. 

In rare cases, more severe health complications can occur and it is important to be aware of these potential issues after receiving breast implants. Capsular contracture (hardening of scar tissue around the implant) and saline rupture can sometimes be noticeable with changes to the breasts’ shape or a hardened texture. Breast implant illness (BII) autoimmune disorders may cause symptoms like fatigue, hair loss, weight change, and depression. Breast-implant associated squamous cell carcinoma and breast-implant associated lymphoma are the rarest complications and they often require an MRI to be detected.

 These potential side effects are why it is important to receive annual mammograms and breast examinations. Treating these conditions as soon as possible will allow for a better outcome, regarding surgery to remove cancerous masses, scar tissues, and the breast implant.

Silicone Associated Autoimmune Disorders:

Silicone breast implants have been linked to an increased risk of autoimmune disorders. Research by Watad et al. compared women with silicone breast implants to those without. They found that women with silicone breast implants were more likely to be diagnosed with autoimmune or rheumatic disorders, regardless of whether the implants were for reconstructive or cosmetic purposes. This suggests a heightened risk of developing autoimmune or rheumatic disorders among patients with breast implants.

This emphasizes the importance of monitoring for autoimmune symptoms in individuals with breast implants and seeking medical attention promptly if symptoms occur. Regular communication with healthcare providers is crucial for early detection and proper management of any potential complications associated with breast implants.



Breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) is a rare type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma that has been linked to textured breast implants. This type of lymphoma typically develops in the scar tissue surrounding the breast implant and may present with symptoms such as swelling, pain, or lumps in the breast. While BIA-ALCL is rare, it is essential for individuals with textured breast implants to monitor for any changes in their breast health and seek medical attention if they experience concerning symptoms. In cases where BIA-ALCL is diagnosed, treatment often involves surgical removal of the affected implant and surrounding scar tissue, followed by additional therapy as needed.


Squamous Cell Carcinoma:

Although extremely rare, breast implant-associated squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is a type of skin cancer that can develop in the tissue surrounding breast implants. SCC arises from the squamous cells, which are found in the outer layer of the skin and the lining of hollow organs. Symptoms of SCC may include a persistent lump, ulceration, or changes in the appearance of the skin around the breast implant. Early detection and prompt treatment are crucial for favorable outcomes, often involving surgical removal of the affected implant and surrounding tissue, followed by additional treatments such as radiation therapy or chemotherapy as indicated.


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Implant Maintenance:

  • Taking care of your breast implants is essential to keep them looking and feeling their best. Here are a few simple tips to help you maintain your implants:
  • Regular Check-ups: Make sure to schedule regular check-ups with your plastic surgeon. They’ll keep an eye on your implants and address any concerns you may have.
  • Monitor Changes: Stay vigilant for any changes in your breasts, such as swelling or pain. If you notice anything unusual, don’t hesitate to contact your surgeon.
  • Stay Healthy: Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can help prolong the life of your implants. Eat well, stay active, and consider quitting smoking if you’re a smoker.
  • Update Your Medical Records: Keep your medical records up to date, especially if you need to see a new doctor or undergo medical tests. Let them know about your implants to ensure you receive the best care possible.
  • Regular monitoring of breast health is essential for individuals with breast implants to ensure timely intervention in case of any complications. Vigilance and ongoing communication with healthcare providers facilitate early detection and management, underscoring the importance of routine follow-up appointments.

Who is a Good Candidate for Breast Implant Removal? 

The best candidates for breast implant removal in Tampa, FL are healthy individuals who longer like the look of their implants or need to remove them due to health complications. Patients should be non-smokers or committed to not smoking for at least six weeks before and after surgery. At your consultation with Dr. Shienbaum and Dr. Gargya, they will examine your breasts and discuss your concerns to make sure this surgery is safe for you.

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Breast Implant Removal Procedure 

Breast implant removal surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia but other anesthesia options may be considered. During the breast implant removal procedure, an incision will be made around the nipple, in the crease of the breast fold, or vertically from the areola to the breast fold. The incisions will be placed along the existing incision lines to minimize future scarring. The breast implants will be removed and the breast tissue will be remodeled and lifted to restore naturally perky, symmetrical breasts. Breast implants can also be replaced if desired.

Breast Implant Removal Recovery

After breast implant removal, moderate swelling, bruising, and soreness is common for the first few days. Patients will be given a compression garment or supportive bra to wear for a few weeks to reduce swelling. Small drains may also be placed under the skin and these will be removed in our office after 5-10 days. During the first 1-2 weeks, it is important to give your body plenty of time to rest and recover. Strenuous activity should be avoided for up to six weeks.

Your Consultation for Breast Implant Removal

It is important to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon for all types of breast surgery. Breast implants placed by a qualified and experienced surgeon will have less chance of complications, but they can still occur. Drs. Shienbaum and Gargya are two of the top plastic surgeons in the Tampa Bay area and they have extensive experience performing cosmetic and reconstructive procedures. At your consultation, they will discuss your treatment options in detail to make sure your treatment plan meets your personal goals and needs. Breast implant removal cost will also be discussed; many breast implant manufacturers offer warranties and financial assistance.

Brandon Plastic Surgery is located less than 20 minutes from Tampa and Riverview and about 45-60 minutes away from Bradenton and Lakeland. Schedule your consultation today by calling our office or filling out an online contact form.


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