Breast Implant Removal
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.
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.
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
- 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.
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.
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.
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.