Breast Implant RemovalHouston, TX

When it's Time for a Change

Your breast implants were never meant to last forever. In fact, it is recommended breast implants be replaced every 10-15 years. Typically in this time frame, you may decide that your breasts’ overall look needs a change. Perhaps you are ready to have your implants removed entirely.

As with every generation, the features that are considered beautiful change over time. Today’s trends of creating more natural enhancements to a woman’s body is a complete 180 from the old mantra “bigger is better”. As a result, some Houston women are seeking breast implant removal as a means of updating their appearance to match this newer emphasis on natural curves. Unnaturally large breasts can also impede a woman’s ability to participate in certain physical activities like jogging and weight training. For women committed to getting fit and staying that way, breast implant removal can eliminate discomfort when running and alleviate undue pressure on the spine and back caused by disproportionately large breasts.

For patients in Houston breast implant removal can be performed at the office of Mark Schusterman, MD, FACS. Dr. Schusterman is a double board-certified plastic surgeon and will discuss your breast implant removal options and what to expect.

What is Breast Implant Removal?

Breast implant removal is a surgical procedure for patients who have had breast augmentation or breast reconstruction in the past and are ready for a change. In some cases, the scar tissue will need to be removed, especially if it is causing you pain. During your consultation, Dr. Schusterman will help you determine what is the best course of action, to ensure you undergo the most optimum breast implant removal Houston has to offer.

How do I know if Breast Implant Removal is right for me?

Reasons for removing your breast implants will differ for each person. Whether it’s time for breast revision surgery or if you no longer wish to have breast implants, you are a good candidate for breast implant removal if:

  • You are in overall good health.
  • Your weight is stable and not fluctuating.
  • You have a healthy outlook and expectations about the removal surgery.
  • The appearance of your current breast implants is not what you wanted, and you want them fixed.

Breast Implant Removal Procedure

While breast implant removal is an outpatient procedure, you will be under general anesthesia and need someone to take you home. Dr. Schusterman will determine the placement of your incision, which is typically around or below your areola. Your breast implants will be removed and (if this is part of your plan) new implants inserted. Your incision is then closed, and Dr. Schusterman will place a compression garment around you to help minimize swelling.

Breast Implant Removal Recovery

You may have tubes for drainage depending on your surgery, but these are temporary to help with draining excess fluid. You will receive a specific post-op surgical plan to follow to help you heal as fast as possible. Your recovery is expected to last three to four weeks, and it’s critical you don’t overexert yourself during your recovery time.

 

Breast Implant Removal Results

If you choose to remove your breast implants and not exchange them, you will notice your breasts have taken on a different shape. Your breasts will have less volume because the implants are no longer in place.

Schedule Your Houston Breast Implant Removal Consultation with Dr. Mark Schusterman

For all your breast implant removal questions, schedule a consultation with Dr. Schusterman today. Dr. Schusterman will assess your current breast implants and offer you personalized solutions to maintain your ideal body image.

Breast Implant Removal FAQs

The decision to undergo breast implant removal surgery is deeply personal. A breast implant removal procedure can help restore your breasts to their natural shape, size, and appearance. This can be beneficial for patients who are no longer satisfied with the appearance of their implants, whether it be the size, shape, or feel of their initial procedure. Removal is also recommended for patients experiencing complications with the implants, such as rippling, asymmetry, or capsular contracture.

If your current breast implants are leaking or have ruptured, it’s imperative you have them removed and replaced for your overall health. Complications with breast plant removal are not common but may include: infection, numbness at the incision site, asymmetry, and persistent pain.

Breast plant removal is considered elective cosmetic surgery and generally not covered by insurance. It is best to discuss your options with your insurance provider. Dr. Schusterman offers payment and financing options for your convenience.

Most women won’t know their breast implant is leaking. If you have saline implants, the saline is absorbed in your body and inherently won’t cause issues. You may notice your breasts look a little deflated. If you have silicone implants, it will be harder to tell if a rupture has occurred, but if you notice hardness in your breast area, you will want to see your doctor in order to determine the best course of action.

Capsular contracture is when the capsule around the implant starts to get thicker and thicker, eventually squeezing the implant and causing the breasts to harden, become misshapen, or making the implants change position.  No one’s quite sure why capsular contracture occurs, but the capsules may contain substances like silicone gel, silicone gel fragments, bacteria, calcified tissue, and inflammatory cells—all substances that cause further complications. It’s why en bloc breast implant removal is so necessary—by removing the capsule and implant as a unit, the contaminants will be self-contained and less likely to be left behind.

While neither implant types have been directly correlated to increased risk of cancer, recent years have also seen the rise of secondary health issues related to breast implants. For patients experiencing breast implant illness, symptoms like headaches, chronic fatigue, fever, and joint pain can be especially debilitating and provide enough reason for women to seek explant. Furthermore, the FDA has identified over 450 cases of Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma – a rare form of cancer that can develop in the scar tissue around the implant. In the face of these very real medical concerns, many patients have chosen to implant removal as a means of protecting their overall health.

Yes, this is commonly recommended. A patient having implants removed may have extra loose skin that can be reduced, in order to improve the aesthetic appearance of the breast at the time of device removal. Many patients may also have sagging breasts due to pregnancy/breastfeeding, weight changes, aging and other factors. In some cases, breast lifting can help mask any contour irregularities (indentations, bulges, creases, etc.) that can occur with capsule removal, while also enhancing the “perkiness” of the remaining breast tissue.

As the swelling dissipates, it’s normal to see some shrinkage in volume. Obviously, your implants are gone, but changes of the breast due to aging and stretching from the implants will lead to further change in shape and sagging. When removing an implant and the capsule, you might experience a longer recovery time than a regular breast augmentation: about a week longer than the typical 2 weeks of abstaining from any strenuous activity. After that, you can return to light fitness activity, and it’s advised that you take about a week from social activities and refrain from driving from at least 10 days or as long as you’re taking any prescription medication. You will be asked to wear a surgical bra for a few weeks.

In general, candidates for a breast implant removal procedure are those who are unsatisfied with the results of their initial breast augmentation or are experiencing rare conditions associated with their implants. Dr. Schusterman suggests that breast implant removal candidates in Houston be:

  • Non-smokers
  • In good overall health
  • At a stable weight
  • Understand the details of the procedure
  • Have a positive outlook and realistic expectations regarding their results
  • Be prepared to closely follow all pre- and post-operative care instructions

The most successful treatment in Hoston, Texas currently, is breast implant removal (explant surgery). Given the increasing number of cases and recent FDA announcement regarding breast implant related cancers such as lymphomas (ALCL) and a new squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), Dr. Schusterman approaches each breast implant removal case very carefully. During explant surgery Dr. Schusterman removes the entire capsule (Total Capsulectomy) in one piece without rips or tears (En Bloc). Depending on the initial incision and breast implant size implants can be removed through a previous areola incision under the fold or through a breast lift incision.

If you have breast implants and have noticed an increase in unexplained symptoms such as fatigue, joint pain, breast pain or burning, enlarged axillary lymph nodes, brain fog or other symptoms that doctors have not been able to get to the root cause of; it may be time to schedule a visit with an explant surgeon.

Breast Implant Illness can be difficult to manage for many women and their families as they struggle with extreme fatigue and other symptoms, some of which may even be debilitating. Many women have visited countless doctors and specialists and still do not have definite answers or an improvement of symptoms. Following a low inflammatory diet and limiting exposure to other environmental toxins is a great place to start in reducing other sources of inflammation within your body.

Schedule a Consultation

Contact us today to schedule your appointment with the renowned plastic surgeon and breast & body specialist Dr. Mark Schusterman. Take your first steps to a more beautiful you.

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