Breast Implant Removal (Explantation)

Procedure Snapshot

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

Cost & Recovery

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  • 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

Breast Implant Removal
 Before & After Photos


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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, also called breast implant removal, in Paramus. Other doctors in New Jersey often refer patients from Ridgewood and throughout Bergen County, North New Jersey, and beyond to Dr. Parker due to his expertise as a breast surgeon. 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.

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.
  • Breast implant illness (BII)
  • 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 35 years. He has dedicated his practice to the education, safety, and comfort of his patients—making each one feel as important as family.

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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 a total and complete capsulectomy. This means he removes both the breast implant and all of 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, complete capsulectomy will resolve the issue. Additionally, removing the entire capsule helps to ensure the breast heals quickly and 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!

Actual Breast Implant Removal Patient

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Learn More at a 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.