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Breast implant removal, also known as explant surgery, is a surgical procedure to remove breast implants without having them replaced with new ones.
There are various reasons you might be considering removing your implants. It could be because you’re unhappy with the way they look and/or feel, or there may be a medical requirement to have them removed. It may also be because they have reached the end of their natural lifecycle. Whatever your reasons, our expert surgeons and nurses have years of experience in breast surgery and will be able to help you.
You may feel breast implants aren’t giving you the look you want any more, or perhaps they’ve changed. This could be post-pregnancy, weight loss, weight gain or a natural gravitational ageing process.
Having your current implants removed can make you feel more comfortable in yourself due to smaller, more natural-looking breasts.
Cosmetic reasons aside, a small percentage of patients may have developed a ruptured implant or capsular contracture, where the implant feels hard and painful. Our surgeons can also remove any scar tissue that has built up inside the breast when they remove your implants, should this be the case.
After surgery, it is important to remember you'll have smaller, less full breasts with some excess skin where the breast implants were previously. If the surgeon feels it is appropriate, you might wish to consider whether you would like to opt for a breast uplift at the same time as your implants are removed. By taking away loose, excess skin, you may be happier with your outcome after surgery. Your surgeon will be happy to discuss this with you at your consultation.
As with every surgical procedure, it’s important to know the potential risks that implant removal surgery may pose, however small, so that you can weigh these up against the benefits that surgery can bring.
Your surgeon assistant and expert surgeon will discuss any possible complications with you and provide detailed information regarding the procedure. As a guide, smaller risks may include numbness, bleeding, infections, bruising, scarring and excess skin.
You may want to remove your breast implants for a number of reasons. You may be unhappy with the shape, size and symmetry of your implants. You may even feel that having breast implants isn’t the right look for you any more, or you may have had your implants for 10 years or more and you no longer want to replace them.
Medical complications may also be a reason why you need to have them removed. These include implant rupture, capsular contracture, leakage, the effect of gravity or “double bubble”, where the implant is now sitting lower within the breast.
It’s important to consider how you want your breasts to look after implant removal surgery. You may want to think about having a breast uplift for your natural breasts, as it’s quite common to be left with loose skin that has stretched to accommodate your implants. Deciding whether to have a breast uplift at the same time as removal could mean that you don’t have to undergo surgery at a later date. This can be discussed with your surgeon assistant and expert surgeon at your free consultation.
As a responsible provider of cosmetic surgery, we understand that each individual patient’s procedure is different, so our treatment plans are tailored specifically around your personal needs. Because of this, the implant removal cost can vary, depending on the type of surgery required.
We place a great deal of importance on our free face to face, no obligation consultations, during which you can discuss your requirements with your surgeon assistant. They’ll provide a detailed overview of the implant removal cost and the various payment plans we have available. As well as being able to pay for your procedure outright, you can choose to spread the cost over several years via our flexible finance plans. Please view our pricing and finance page to read more about these.
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Behind the scenes care to help you take centre stage
Your first appointment
The initial step is to talk to your surgeon assistant over the phone. You’ll be able to talk to them about why you’re considering implant removal, what you’d like your breasts to look like, the likely costs and finance options, how much time you’ll probably need to take off work, and when you’d like to have the surgery. If you feel ready, we’ll then book you in for your free consultation with one of our surgeons.
Your surgical consultation
At your free consultation, your surgeon will ask you about the results you want to achieve from surgery. You can discuss how ideally, you would like your breasts to look, find out whether you’re a suitable candidate for this surgery, and discover more about the benefits and risks, all with no obligation to go ahead. This surgical consultation can be carried out either over video chat or in person at your local clinic.
Our surgeons are extremely knowledgeable and are happy to answer any questions you have. They’ll look at your medical history and discuss the outcome that you can anticipate, as well as any potential complications involved in the procedure. If you feel ready to go ahead and book your surgery, they’ll then refer you to a clinic nurse who’ll perform some pre-operative investigations.
On the day of your implant removal surgery, you’ll see your surgeon again so you can go through the consent form and ask any final questions. You’ll then be introduced to the rest of your surgical team before going into theatre.
The procedure will take between 1-3 hours and will be carried out under general anaesthetic. Your surgeon will make an incision along the crease underneath your breast and remove the implant. If you opt for a breast uplift, this will be performed after the removal of the implants during the same surgery.
Following the procedure, you’ll usually stay in hospital for one night and return home the next day. It’s expected that you’ll have some swelling and pain when you wake up from surgery and you’ll be provided with painkillers during your stay.
You’ll be under general anaesthetic for the procedure, so someone will need to drive you home the following day. While breast implant removal is a straightforward procedure, if you opt to have a breast uplift at the same time it may take slightly longer for you to recover.
Before you leave the hospital, we’ll talk to you about looking after yourself at home and make a follow-up appointment with your surgeon to remove your stitches. We’ll give you the number for our 24/7 patient helpline so you can speak to a member of our clinical team, day or night.
Within the first two weeks, it’s likely that you’ll notice reduced swelling, bruising, pain and discomfort. During this time, you’ll also have your dressings changed and sutures removed if necessary.
We believe that the highest quality aftercare is just as important as the surgery itself, so we’re here to support you through the recovery period. You’ll need to give your body plenty of time to heal and we’ll give you detailed guidance on the best way to do this. The recovery period will differ from person to person. We recommend taking at least one week off work, although you may need longer. You’ll need to avoid strenuous activity and heavy lifting for up to six weeks to make sure your wounds heal properly.
It’s important to be aware that while your breasts will have healed after six weeks, it will take a few months for them to settle into their new position.
If you have any questions or concerns at all, you can contact our 24/7 helpline. You’ll also have a series of follow-up appointments with the Transform team to make sure you’re healing well. All patients have access to our two-year aftercare programme as standard and you’ll have the option to extend cover by five years.