Breast explant surgery is the removal of breast implants inserted during a previous breast augmentation procedure due to either personal preference or a medical condition that has arisen as a result of the implants.
Medical conditions such as capsular contracture, are one of a few reasons someone may decide to have their implants removed. Capsular contracture is a condition in which a person’s body produces an overabundance of scar tissue and as a result the implants are pushed uncomfortably close to the breast wall, causing great discomfort. Other reasons a person may desire explant surgery include an undesirable shifting of the breast implants due to pregnancy, weight fluctuation, or aging.
Additionally, the FDA has recently discovered a connection between certain textured implants and a medical condition known as ALCL or anaplastic large cell lymphoma. Understandably, women with this type of implant have become concerned and seek to have their implant removed as a result.
Dr. Rubis will work closely with you before the surgery to address any questions or concerns you may have and help determine if this is the best procedure for you to have. Based on your current medical situation and life habits, you may be asked to get a medical evaluation done, including lab work, adjust your current medication or take new medication, stop smoking, and avoid taking substances that can increase your bleeding including aspirin, herbal supplements, and other anti-inflammatory drugs.
After your surgery, we will provide you with the appropriate bandaging, gauze, and drain tubes as necessary. We may also recommend the use of a support bra, surgical garment or compression garment to reduce swelling. Most people feel comfortable returning to work about 5 days after surgery. If you are getting this surgery due to capsular contracture complications, you may experience slightly more discomfort and pain after explant surgery, as well as a longer than normal recovery time. We are here to help you every step of the way with this procedure, including answering any questions you may have both pre and post surgery.
Depending on a variety of factors, including weight, age, and genetics, your breast may appear flatter or sagging after the removal of your implants. That’s why we often perform this removal procedure in tandem with other breast procedures, including a breast lift and/or another augmentation in order to maintain a natural and perky appearance. Dr. Rubis will discuss your desired breast appearance after this surgery to help you make the best decisions with regards to procedures. If we can answer any questions for you, please reach out.
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Dr. Rubis and his wife make every appointment feel comfortable and friendly. From the first phone call with the front desk to the last appointment visit post surgery the customer service is 5 stars. Very knowledgeable and answered all my questions before I even had to ask them. I definitely recommend using Dr. Rubis.