Breast augmentation with implants is a popular cosmetic breast surgery among women in the United States. This surgical breast procedure can produce dramatic, potentially life-transforming improvements in your confidence and self-esteem. Over time, however, a woman may experience changes in the surrounding breast tissue or desire to change her silhouette to larger or smaller breasts. Additionally, breast implants have a limited life span and should generally be removed or exchanged after 10 to 15 years.

Breast implant removal in Richmond involves removing or replacing your implants. Whatever your reason for breast implant removal, when you are interested in making this change, contact Montante Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics for a personalized consultation.

Benefits of Breast Implant Removal

There are several reasons a woman may undergo breast implant removal surgery. Some of these may include:

  • Complications with implants, including capsular contracture or breast implant illness
  • Neck or back pain from large, heavy breasts
  • Implant rupture
  • A desire for larger, smaller, or natural breasts
  • Implants that have shifted position or changed shape
  • Implants are 10 or more years old

Breast implant removal in Richmond can address any of these concerns and allow a woman to decide the exact size, shape, and appearance of her breasts.

In some instances, aging, childbirth, or fluctuations in weight may cause the breasts to droop or sag. If this is the case and is causing you to feel unhappy with the appearance of your breasts, Dr. Montante can remove your existing implants and perform a breast lift to restore your breasts to a more youthful position on your chest. He can then replace the implants to restore volume, or you may choose to leave them out for a more natural appearance.

Breast Implant Removal Procedure

When it is time for surgery, your anesthesiologist will give you medicine to help you remain comfortable and asleep during the surgery. Dr. Montante will either make an incision around your areola or under the lower fold of your breasts. Typically, plastic surgeons prefer to make incisions where your existing scars are located to avoid additional unnecessary scarring.

Your implants will be removed along with any scar tissue. In some instances, the capsule may also be removed. If you are also having implant replacement or a lift, your surgeon will then place new implants or re-sculpt your existing breast tissue before closing the incisions.

Most women will be required to wear a special support bra for a few weeks that provides compression and controls swelling. You may also have small drainage tubes placed near your incisions. These tubes prevent fluid accumulation and aid in healing and are usually removed after 3-10 days, depending on your situation. It is important that you follow instructions from your surgeon regarding post-operative care and follow-up visits.

Contact Our Office to Learn More About Breast Implant Removal in Richmond

Whether you are having complications related to your implants or simply desire a different aesthetic, breast implant removal in Richmond can address your concerns and help restore your self-confidence and quality of life. During your consultation, we will discuss your medical history, aesthetic goals, and expectations from surgery. Our team will also review the procedure’s potential risks, complications, and outcomes and examine your existing implants to determine the best way to meet your needs. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation.