Whether for cosmetic or reconstruction purposes, around 400,000 women per year receive breast implants. However, only around 45,000 women have their breast implants removed. If you opt for breast implants, it’s important to consider that you might have them removed in the future. Researching your options is an important part of making an informed decision about plastic surgery, so here’s what to know about this process and what costs you can expect.
Usually, breast implant removal is indicated if you experience capsular contracture (or, hardening of the scar tissue around the implant), proof of rupture and leakage (done through medical imaging), general pain caused by the implant, or a desire to not have implants anymore. Additionally, good candidates for breast implant removal:
- Don’t smoke
- Are physically fit and have a healthy weight
- Have experienced a rupture or leak
- Underwent imaging that suggests a rupture/leak
- Feel discomfort or pain from breast implants
- Are bothered by the appearance of the implants
- Feel their breasts are too heavy
Remember that each case is unique and requires a consultation for a correct assessment of exact costs. Some factors that can affect your total cost include surgeon’s fees, facility costs, anesthesia, equipment used, medical tests and X-rays, post-surgery garments, and prescriptions for medication.
Selecting the right board-certified plastic surgeon to perform your removal procedure is one of the most important steps in your revisional surgery process. During your consultation, make sure to ask these questions:
- Are you board certified? By which entity?
- How are complications handled?
- How many years of experience with breast implant surgery do you have?
- Will you be performing this procedure in a hospital?
- How long of a recovery period should I expect?
- What techniques will you use to create a good result?
Breast implant removal can be an effective solution for your goals when you experience complications, changes, or different aesthetic goals. The best way to learn more about your best options, we invite you to meet with Dr. Lorraine Golosow at our Fort Myers-area locations. To get started, contact us by calling or filling out our online form.