Breast Implant Removal New Jersey (Explantation)
Are you no longer happy with your breast implants? Just as it was your personal choice to have breast augmentation, if your breast implants no longer suit your lifestyle, you can choose to have them removed. Additionally, if you suspect a problem with your implants, having them removed may be the best option for your health, appearance, and peace of mind.
Dr. Parker has extensive experience in explantation surgery, or breast implant removal. Other doctors in New Jersey often refer patients to him due to his expertise in breast surgery. In addition to carefully removing your breast implants, along with the surrounding capsule, he will tailor your procedure to ensure the most aesthetically pleasing result possible.
What You Need to Know About Allergan’s voluntary recall of textured breast implants
Many patients have reached out to us with questions or concerns related to the recent recall of Allergan BIOCELL textured breast implants. First and foremost, we encourage you not to panic. Read on for 5 things to keep in mind about BIA-ALCL and the breast implant recall.
1. Unless you are experiencing symptoms, it is not recommended that you have your current breast implants removed or replaced.
2. Textured breast implants in the Allergan BIOCELL family are the only implants impacted by this recall. Only textured breast implants have been linked to an increased risk of developing BIA-ALCL.
3. Symptoms of BIA-ALCL are obvious, and you would notice that something was wrong. Symptoms include swelling, redness or rashes, changes in firmness, or lumps around the breast implant.
4. BIA-ALCL is an incredibly rare condition with an estimated lifetime risk of only around .0003%.
5. When treated early, BIA-ALCL is almost always totally curable through removal of the implant and capsule.
Should I have my breast implants removed?
Every patient who chooses to undergo explantation has her own personal reasons for doing so. Sometimes, it is a change in lifestyle or aesthetic preference; other times, it is to address a complication or concern. Below are the most common reasons patients come to Dr. Parker to have their breast implants removed:
- Capsular contracture that does not respond to non-surgical treatment
- Implant rupture or deflation
- Dissatisfaction with results
- Discomfort such as back pain or headaches due to the weight of the implants
- Diagnosed or suspected BIA-ALCL (breast implant associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma), a rare and treatable lymphoma that forms in the space around the implant. Removing the breast implant and capsule usually completely treats the condition.
- You simply no longer want implants
Before & After: Breast Implant Removal (Explantation)*
This 37-year-old was referred to Dr. Parker by her gynecologist for removal of her saline implants, inserted by another plastic surgeon. She said they have always felt “tight” and she never really liked them. Dr. Parker removed the implants using the patient’s prior periareolar incisions. She recovered quickly and painlessly. After surgery, she said the tightness was now gone and she was happy to have the implants out.
What to expect with explantation surgery
In most cases, breast implant removal is a very straightforward procedure. Dr. Parker will remove your old implants and scar tissue, typically using the same incision sites used during your initial surgery to avoid additional scarring. The procedure usually takes between 45 minutes and 2 hours, depending on the amount of scar tissue and whether or not you are having a breast lift to address excess skin after explantation.
Whenever possible, Dr. Parker will perform explantation with capsulectomy. This means he removes both the breast implant and the surrounding capsule, or scar tissue that forms naturally around the implant after breast augmentation surgery. There are several reasons for this. First, if you have capsular contracture, or excessive hardening of the scar tissue, capsulectomy will resolve the issue. Additionally, removing the capsule helps to ensure the breast resumes its normal size and shape after explantation. Finally, Dr. Parker feels it is best for the patient in the long run to have remaining scar tissue removed.
Will I need a breast lift if I have my breast implants removed?
Patients who desire explantation are usually fine with having smaller breasts again after surgery; however, many are concerned about their breasts sagging or appearing deflated once their implants are removed. This is more likely if:
- You have larger breast implants relative to your natural breast size
- Your skin and/or natural breast tissue is thin or stretched out
- Your breasts have also been affected by age and/or pregnancy
In this case, Dr. Parker can perform a breast lift at the same time as explantation to remove excess skin and restore the breasts to a more youthful shape and position. However, a breast lift is not necessary for everyone after breast implant removal—if you have good skin contraction and your implants are a moderate size, there is a good chance explantation alone will achieve a nice result. At your consultation, Dr. Parker will help you understand if a breast lift will help you get the best result.
Before & After: Breast Implant Removal (Explantation)*
This 49 year old patient had developed capsular contracture after having her breast implants for 4 years. Dr. Parker performed complete capsulectomies, removing or “explanting” both implants. The patient is very happy with her results, and did not need a breast lift given the size of her implants and favorable anatomy.
Breast implant removal recovery
Recovery after explantation alone is usually even quicker than after breast augmentation. Even patients who undergo a breast lift too are typically back to their normal daily routines within a week or so, thanks to our Rapid Recovery Program at The Parker Center! This unique program includes surgical techniques, anesthesia, and pain management methods specially tailored to enhance your recovery and help you return to full activity more quickly and enjoy your results sooner.
Learn more at a free consultation with Dr. Parker
If you would like to have your breast implants removed, or if you are still undecided and wish to talk to an experienced plastic surgeon about your options, we invite you to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Parker. He will listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and go over your options with no pressure to make a decision. Call us at 201-967-1212 or contact us using the form below.