Breast Implant Removal New Orleans
Many women seek the expertise of Dr. Moses when they are having emotional or physical difficulties with their implants from previous breast augmentation surgery. In the last few years, more women have come to our office for implant removal than those requesting new implants.
Am I a candidate for breast implant removal?
Breast implant removal surgery, known as explantation, can be performed by Dr. Moses for a number of reasons:
- Dissatisfaction – a patient may simply wish to remove her implants because they no longer suit her lifestyle or aesthetics, or she has gained weight in the breasts and no longer needs implants.
- Capsular Contracture – tightness around the implants, “hard implants” or breasts is termed “capsular contracture,” which presents as overly firm and spherical breasts that look and feel unnatural.
- Implant Malposition – poor placement of one or both implants can result in an unnatural appearance (too high, too close, too far apart, unequally placed).
- Rippling – rippling can occur when implants are placed in an area that lacks adequate soft tissue to cover the implant, or when a saline implant is not sufficiently filled. Saline implants ripple more than do silicone implants.
- Implant Leakage or Rupture – breast implants can rupture. This can result in immediate deflation of saline implants, with obvious effects on a woman’s appearance, or gradual shape changes in silicone implants.
Dr. Moses can remove your implants under either light general anesthesia or local anesthesia combined with IV sedation. The removal is usually done through incisions in the existing scars from the original implant placement.
What is breast implant removal recovery like?
If Dr. Moses only removes your implants, post-operative pain will be minimal and can be controlled with over-the-counter oral medication. You can shower by the next day and resume non-strenuous work. Strenuous work may resume after 1-2 weeks. If the capsules (scar tissue) are removed, the recovery and pain will be similar to the discomfort experienced after the initial augmentation procedure.
If you choose not to replace the removed implants with new ones, Dr. Moses may recommend a breast lift (mastopexy) to address any sagging or loose breast skin that can happen when you no longer have implants.