Explant Surgery, or breast implant removal is a surgical procedure to remove existing breast implants, and not replace them. This surgery will alter the shape and/or fullness of a woman’s breasts. The surgeon removes the silicone, saline breast implants from under the chest muscles or breast tissue. At the time of surgery the explant surgeon may do a capsulectomy and perform a breast lift. Some women choose to remove breast implants for lifestyle reasons, others for aesthetic reasons and some for health related reasons. Whatever the reason you must understand the healing process for breast implant removal is longer, both physically and emotionally. The breasts take weeks to months to shrink back. You may be left with excess skin post-op, it is best not to perform a breast lift at the time of explant as the breast skin and tissue shrinks back. Give your body time to heal then consider the breast lift post breast implant removal.
Planning for recovery
To plan for recovery, you will need the following information from your explant surgeon before your explant surgery:
- How long will I be in hospital?
- Is there any equipment or supplies that I need to buy before my explant surgery? If yes where can I get them?
- What limits will there be on my physical activities after explant surgery?
- What limits will I have on lifting after explant surgery?
- How long will I need to be off work?
- How long before I can drive a car?
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Patient information provided as part of this website is evidence-based, and sourced from a range of reputable information providers including the Plastic Surgery Foundation, Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.