Breast Implant Removal Risks And Safety

Breast Implant Removal Risks And Safety | Houston, TexasA woman may need a breast revision cosmetic surgery if she seeks to have her implants replaced or removed due to damage or a change in her personal preferences. Breast removal surgery has associated risks, similar to any surgical procedure. 
It is important for patients to understand that breast removal surgery may sometimes be a more complicated procedure than the original breast implant procedure. Board certified plastic surgeons at the Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery (ACPS) provide breast implant removal to patients in Houston, Texas, TX, and surrounding communities. 

Potential Surgical Complications

During the pre-op consultation, the surgeon will explain the potential risk and complications associated with breast removal surgery to the patient. The patient, on their part, should follow the surgeon’s pre and post-op guidelines in a dedicated manner to reduce these risks. The primary complications pertaining to this procedure are:

  • Poor response to anesthesia
  • Bacterial infection
  • Bleeding
  • Unfavorable scarring
  • Undesirable cosmetic outcomes

Breast Implant Removal Risks

Breast implant removal itself is often an uncomplicated plastic surgery. However, it may have to be performed along with a breast lift for desirable outcomes. In exceptional cases, a patient may experience the below-mentioned complications during or after implant removal surgery:

  • Loss of sensation or changes in sensation in the nipple region
  • Bleeding
  • Scarring

The breasts will likely not seem the same as they did prior to breast implant surgery. There may be some deformity and sagginess in the breast, especially in case of more substantial implants. If a breast lift is performed along with a breast implant removal procedure, it can correct the undesirable aesthetic outcomes in such cases. 
Certain patients may find that their natural breasts appear smaller after the implant removal than what they recall. This may happen due to weight loss or hormonal fluctuations that occurred when the patient underwent their original breast augmentation surgery. Patients should have reasonable expectations of breast removal surgery for desirable outcomes.

Breast Implant Replacement Risks

The risks associated with breast implant replacement surgery are the same as those related to the primary breast augmentation procedure. In exceptional cases, breast implant replacement surgery may present the below-mentioned complications:

  • Implant rupture
  • Implant shifting from its original position
  • Implant rippling 
  • An altered sensation of the breast
  • Capsular contracture

Women who choose more substantial sized implants for their breast revision surgery may undergo more discomfort as the body takes time to adjust itself to the new, larger implants. Stemming from this, larger implant placement involves a more invasive and complex surgical process. 
The surgeon will have to develop new breast pockets to hold the larger implants. Furthermore, and with some reluctance, they may have to change the placement of the implants, causing a slight increase in the risk of having a complicated development manifest itself.
A patient should understand that any breast revision surgery will involve some level of risk. Therefore, she should only consider implant replacement if she experiences a complication or wants to change the size of her breasts. Cosmetic surgeons at the ACPS receive patients from Houston, Texas, TX, and nearby areas for breast implant removal. 
For more information about The Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery (ACPS) physicians and the cosmetic surgery treatments and procedures they perform please click here or call us at 713.799.9999. We have offices in and around Houston, Texas.
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ACPS Update

Our hearts go out to all those impacted with last week’s horrific storm.  We hope you and your loved ones are doing well.  ACPS is happy to announce we will be totally operational starting Monday, May 20th.