Breast Implant Removal in Atlanta, GA

After breast augmentation surgery, a woman’s body may change over time due to hormones, pregnancy, age and weight loss. If you reach a point where you are no longer happy with your breast augmentation surgery, you can opt to have your implants removed or exchanged for another size or type of implant. This procedure is also sometimes performed in the event of a ruptured implant or other medical problem. The Atlanta Center for Breast and Aesthetic Surgery, led by Dr. Frederick T. Work, Jr., provides breast implant removal or exchange for women in and around the Atlanta, Buckhead, Vinings and Sandy Springs area in Georgia.

What is Breast Implant Removal?

Many factors may occur over time that causes a woman to choose to have breast implants removed or exchanged. Removal is required when women want to:

  • Switch from silicone to saline implants.
  • Switch to a different size implant.
  • Remove implants altogether.

Implants may also need to be removed for medical reasons such as trauma, disease or complications from surgery.

Benefits of Breast Implant Removal

Unfortunately, there is always the possibility that some patients who receive breast augmentation may become unhappy with their appearance again over time. Dr. Work regularly performs breast implant surgeries and understands that, even under the best circumstances, patients may become dissatisfied with their implants. For this reason, the option to remove or exchange the implants offers women the peace of mind that the breast augmentation procedure may be reversed or revised if they are unsatisfied with it.

Good Candidates for Breast Implant Removal

After undergoing augmentation surgery, a woman’s breasts may change as a result of gravity, aging, and/or hormonal changes. Breast implant removal may be indicated if you suffer from any of these issues following breast augmentation:

  • Your implants have bottomed out.
  • Your implants have shifted position over time.
  • Your nipples don’t appear properly positioned.
  • Your implants have slid closer to each other causing symmastia or a “uniboob”.
  • The lower part of the breast has become stretched.
  • Your Implant has ruptured or is leaking.
  • You suffer from capsular contracture or implant hardening.
  • You are suffering from an infection at the implant site.
  • Your breasts exhibit drooping, sagging or ptosis.
  • You can feel rippling or wrinkling of the implants.

What Happens During Breast Implant Removal?

Dr. Work typically removes implants using the same incisions created during your breast augmentation surgery. During the breast implant removal procedure, each implant is removed from the breast pocket and the incisions are closed. The removal of breast implants, particularly if you’ve had them for many years, may cause problems with the appearance of your breasts, such as sagging and excess skin. Fortunately, Dr. Work can easily correct these problems by combining complementary procedures such as implant exchange or breast lift with your implant removal to provide the best possible outcome.

Dr. Work also performs customized procedures to address your individual concerns if you desire a revision surgery or corrective breast augmentation. If you are not totally happy with your breast implants or experience any type of complication related to your implants, he will provide a custom solution and recommend a personalized treatment. Revision procedures may correct such problems as capsular contracture, implant migration, ruptured implants and other troublesome conditions.

Recovery after Breast Implant Removal

Recovery after breast implant removal is typically similar to the initial breast surgery and you should plan accordingly. We recommend that you return to work after one week, but hold off on strenuous activities for about three weeks. If you undergo a complex revision surgery or if your implants have been relocated to the position beneath the muscle tissue, you may require a longer recovery time to allow your muscle tissue to heal.

What Problems Can Breast Implant Removal Address?

Breast implant removal or any other type of breast revision surgery may be used to correct breast implant problems, such as capsular contracture, implant rupture, visible rippling and other complications.

What Is Capsular Contracture?

Capsular contracture is a reaction of your immune system to a foreign object and refers to scarring that causes the natural breast tissue to tighten around the implant. Capsular contracture may cause hardening and distortion of your breast implants.

How Much Does Breast Implant Removal Cost in Atlanta?

Although breast reconstruction surgeries following a mastectomy are considered necessary surgeries, most other plastic surgery procedures on the breasts are considered cosmetic, so most health insurance providers will not provide coverage for the costs. In order to provide breast implant removal for any and all of our patients, the Atlanta Center for Breast and Aesthetic Surgery proudly offers CareCredit® and Prosper® Healthcare Lending as financing options. Our office also accepts cash, personal checks, and credit cards.

If you are experiencing any discomfort or unhappiness from the results of your breast augmentation surgery or there is some medical reason to remove your breast implants, the Atlanta Center for Breast and Aesthetic Surgery, under the direction of Dr. Frederick T. Work, Jr., provides breast implant removal, as well as other procedures to improve the appearance of your breasts and overall figure. Our office serves residents of the Atlanta, Buckhead, Vinings and Sandy Springs area in Georgia.