Breast Implant Removal (Explantation)

Procedure Snapshot

Dr. Parker can remove your breast implants and surrounding capsule during an explantation procedure.

Cost & Recovery

  • $6,720 to $11,400
  • Expect to be back to your normal daily routine in about a week*

Quick Facts

  • 66,982 women had their breast implants removed in 2019**
  • While some women benefit from a breast lift after having implants removed, many are happy with the appearance of their natural breasts
  • The top three reasons women opt to have their implants removed include rupture, change in lifestyle or aesthetic preference, or complications that arise when implants age

* Results may vary
** Statistical information listed here is drawn from 2019 ASAPS data

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Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

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Breast Implant Removal Case 575 Before & After View #1 | Paramus, NJ | Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
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Case #575

This 28 year old presented to Dr. Parker requesting breast implant removal. Four years ago she had 350 cc silicone implants inserted by another plastic surgeon. She is 5′ 6″ tall and weighs 130 pounds. She said the implants got in her way, and she didn’t want them anymore. Dr. Parker removed the implants through her healed inframammary... Read More
Breast Implant Removal Case 573 Before & After View #1 | Paramus, NJ | Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
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Case #573

This 37-year-old patient was referred to Dr. Parker by her gynecologist for removal of her previously inserted breast implants. She had saline implants inserted several years ago by another plastic surgeon. She said they have always felt “tight” to her, never really liked them, would like them removed and not replaced. Dr. Parker removed or “explanted”... Read More
Breast Implant Removal Case 908 Before & After View #5 | Paramus, NJ | Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
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Case #908

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... Read More
Breast Implant Removal Case 574 Before & After View #1 | Paramus, NJ | Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
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Case #574

This 49 year old came to Dr. Parker requesting removal of her hardened 375 cc silicone breast implants, which a surgeon in Florida had inserted 4 years earlier. In recent months these had become very hard and painful. She was concerned she may need a breast lift when her implants were removed. Dr. Parker explained to the patient that given the size... Read More
Breast Implant Removal Case 907 Before & After View #5 | Paramus, NJ | Parker Center for Plastic Surgery
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Case #907

This 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. Read More

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

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.

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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 nonsurgical 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)*

Before & After: Breast Implant Removal (Explantation)
Before and After Implant Removal
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.
Dr. Paul Parker

Paul M. Parker, M.D., FACS

Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

Known for his surgical talent and caring personality, Dr. Parker has been serving the community for over 25 years. He has dedicated his practice to the education, safety, and comfort of his patients—making each one feel as important as family.

The Aesthetic Society; American Society of Plastic Surgeons; International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery; The Rhinoplasty Society
The Aesthetic Society; American Society of Plastic Surgeons; International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery; The Rhinoplasty Society

What Should I Expect From Breast Implant Removal 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 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.

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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)*

Before & After: Breast Implant Removal (Explantation)
Previous Implants and Without Implants
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.

What Is Breast Implant Removal Recovery Like?

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! 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.

Dr. Parker did an amazing job! His team was very helpful and they made sure that your pre-op was just as important as your post-op! The work that Dr. Parker did to my implant removal was remarkable! I truly appreciated the time Dr. Parker took to discuss with me the procedure prior to surgery and making sure that I received the BEST results for my body!

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Learn More at a Free Cosmetic 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.

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Our free cosmetic consultations include plenty of time with Dr. Parker, our patient care coordinator, and our imaging specialist. Once your procedure is booked, our nurse educator will meet with you for a special 1-hour pre-op education session.

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