What Is Breast Implant Removal?
Breast implant removal, also known as explantation, is a surgical procedure designed to remove saline or silicone breast implants, whether for cosmetic or medical reasons. While breast revision often involves implant exchange, some patients choose to undergo explant surgery without implant replacement. In addition to her experience with breast augmentation, Dr. Mary Herte, our board-certified plastic surgeon, has advanced expertise as a breast explant surgeon, working with women to restore their breasts to their natural size.
What Does En Bloc Capsulectomy Entail?
To perform breast implant removal surgery, Dr. Herte typically recommends en bloc capsulectomy. This technique, also known as a total capsulectomy, involves removing the implant while it remains in its capsule (scar tissue that develops around it). By performing implant removal surgery in this way, she can ensure any possible leaked implant material stays within the capsule as it is removed. En bloc capsulectomy is the preferred technique for any patients showing symptoms of BIA-ALCL. Once the breast implants and their capsules have been removed, Dr. Herte may perform a breast lift to tighten the surrounding tissue, as it may have stretched to accommodate the implants. Not all patients may need this, and others may choose to get a lift at a later time.
To complete the breast implant removal procedure, Dr. Herte will close the incisions using DERMABOND® PRINEO®, which is a strong yet lightweight mesh material that adheres to the skin. By utilizing this product, Dr. Herte has found patients experience faster healing and less noticeable scarring. Patients can typically go home the same day as their procedure to begin their recovery process.