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Breast Implant Removal

Doctor Certifications

Dr. Angelchik was certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) in 1996 and successfully completed a rigorous recertification process in 2006 and 2016. He participates in the Maintenance of Certification program through the ABPS. He is a member in good standing of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He has also been named to Castle & Connolly’s Top Doctors in America every year since 1996.

What is Breast Implant Removal?  

Breast implant removal is a cosmetic surgery procedure that removes breast implants placed during a previous breast augmentation. Implant removal can be performed alone or in combination with a breast lift since breast implants can stretch the breast tissue and skin, causing sagging after removal. Patients also have the option for breast implant exchange or replacement.

Who is a Candidate for Breast Implant Removal? 

Some women no longer like the look of their implants. Others have developed capsular contracture (buildup of scar tissue) or breast implant illness, or their implants have ruptured. In any of these cases, having your breast implants removed can be beneficial.

Ideal candidates are in overall good health and fit the following criteria:

  • No underlying medical conditions
  • Currently not pregnant
  • Non-smokers
  • Stable weight
  • Realistic expectations

Dr. Angelchik will discuss your medical history in greater detail at your consultation to ensure you are a good candidate for implant removal surgery.

How is Breast Implant Removal Performed? 

Breast implant removal surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure. Dr. Angelchik will make an incision under the breast fold and/or around the nipple-areola complex to remove the implant. To prevent further scarring, the incision will be made over the existing incision line. The implants are carefully removed along with scar tissue if it is present.

Breast Implant Removal Recovery and Results 

After breast implant removal, patients will receive a compression garment to minimize swelling and help the breast tissues heal. Most swelling and discomfort will improve within the first week, but it will take several months for all the swelling to reduce. Strenuous activity should be avoided for at least three weeks or until Dr. Angelchik has advised you that exercise is safe. Several post-op appointments will be scheduled so that Dr. Angelchik can track your recovery and help prevent any complications.

Schedule a Consultation

If you are considering breast implant removal in Phoenix and Scottsdale, AZ, schedule a consultation today with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Angelchik to discuss your options. 


How will my breasts change after breast implant removal?

After your breast implant removal, your breasts can appear misshapen and droop or sag. Many patients decide to have a breast lift at the time of removal to remove excess skin and reshape the breast tissue.

How painful is recovery after breast implant removal?

This procedure is not as painful as the initial breast implant surgery. The pain right after is traditionally very minimal. You should be able to resume your activities shortly after surgery.

Do the breasts fluff up after getting an explant?

Expansion or fluffing of the natural breast tissue can occur after the implants are removed.

What age should I remove my breast implants?

There is no particular age at which you need to remove implants. They typically last between 10 and 20 years. Mammograms and ultrasounds should be scheduled regularly to ensure the implants are intact.

What are the benefits of breast implant removal?

Breast implant removal restores the breasts to their natural size and shape. This can benefit patients who experience dissatisfaction with the look of their implants. Removal can also clear up asymmetry, capsular contracture, and rippling issues.

What happens to the breast pocket after implant removal?

After explant surgery, the patient is at a heightened risk for breast skin excess with rippling and nipple inversion. The breast pocket can collapse down to the chest wall.

How do you sleep after explant surgery?

You need to sleep on your back for six to eight weeks for proper healing. This minimizes stress and injury to the incision, which can cause pain and discomfort.

How long does recovery take after breast implant removal?

Recovery takes a minimum of two weeks. You can experience bruising, soreness, and swelling in the breasts and arms.

Will my breasts change with time after my explant procedure?

Your breasts can improve in appearance during the first six months after implant removal.

Will my breasts look the same as before I got breast implants?

Your breasts will not look the same as they did before your implants. The breasts have changed due to the implants, gravity, and aging.

The Angelchik Difference

Learn more about our philosophy and follow the patient journey to see what
makes us different and what to expect before, during and after your procedure.

  • Surgeon Consultation

    All patient consultations are conducted with Board Certified surgeon Dr. Angelchik and full medical history is discussed.

  • Custom Procedure

    Recommendations are based on the patient's expressed interests, health history and physical examination.

  • Personalized Experience

    Our staff offers a personalized experience for each patient with an educational and reassuring environment.

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If you're interested, please contact us today at 602-375-8888 to schedule your consultation. Our office provides excellent plastic surgery to clients in the Glendale, Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale, Mesa, Surprise and Peoria areas of Arizona.