Breast Implant Removal

What is Breast Implant Removal Surgery?

Breast implant removal surgery removes implants from previous breast augmentation or breast reconstruction surgery. Breast implants are not lifetime devices; the longer you have your implants, the more likely you will need to have them removed or replaced in the future.  To find out what options you have for removal, schedule a consultation with David Deisher, M.D. or J. Stewart Humphrey, M.D.

Why Get Breast Implant Removal?

There are a variety of reasons why women may get their implants removed. For some patients, the decision to remove their breast implants is a personal choice and is entirely cosmetic. They may have come to dislike the look or size of their breast implants, wanting to revert back to their natural breasts. Weight gain, weight loss or pregnancies can also be factors in their decision. If you have had complications with your breast implants, including infection, rupture, or capsular contracture, your doctor may recommend that the breast implants be removed. If a breast implant ruptures, capsular contracture forms, or chronic pain begins, then removal will be needed.

Can You Perform a Capsulectomy With Breast Implant Removal?

A capsulectomy surgery is the removal of scar tissue or capsule that has developed around the breast implant. The formation of the capsule is normal and a part of the immune system’s protective response against the presence of a foreign object in the body. If this capsule should become thickened, hardened or painful, this is known as capsular contracture. During your consultation, the doctors of Heartland Plastic Surgery will talk with you regarding options of capsule removal.

Does Insurance Cover Breast Implant Removal?

Most insurance companies will not cover the cost of a cosmetic procedure. There are times when an insurance company will consider covering breast implant surgery if it’s considered medically necessary. It is important for each patient to check with their insurance provider prior to undergoing surgery so they know what is covered. At Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery, we work with each patient directly to help them understand the costs of breast implant removal and financing options.

What Are my Options After Breast Implant Removal?

Patients have the choice to have their implants replaced with new devices or they may choose to just have them completely removed without replacement. Patients may be concerned with how their breasts will look after the removal of the implants, if they choose to forgo replacement. The natural breast may be left asymmetrical or with loose, sagging skin, often caused by the weight of the breast implants stretching the tissue. For patients concerned with how their breasts will look after removal, Dr. Deisher and Dr. Humphrey can discuss techniques that can be used to tighten the breast tissue for a youthful, lifted position.

Additional Breast Procedures

Recovery from Breast Implant Removal

Following the breast implant removal, the patient will be fitted with a surgical support bra or a compression garment. These help to manage any swelling, improve blood circulation, and stimulate proper healing. Dr. Deisher and Dr. Humphrey will provide each patient with a list of instructions to follow during the recovery period. These will specify when the patient can go back to work and normal activities.

Request a Consultation

To learn more about breast implant removal in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, contact Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery today for your personal consultation. To schedule your appointment, call our office at (888) 515-2847.