Breast Implant Removal

Over time, some women make the decision to undergo breast implant removal, also known as explant surgery. This is a surgical procedure to remove implants from the breast pocket. Some women desire to remove implants and return to a more natural look. They may need to consider an additional procedure, such as a breast lift- to address the skin that has been stretched over time.  Other women desire to remove implants and require no other procedures. Still, others desire to refresh and exchange their implants for a different type or style.  Every woman’s body is different and a consultation with Dr. Mosiello will help you determine which option is best for you. 

You may be considering breast implant removal in Tampa, Florida if you are reconsidering your aesthetic priorities or experiencing complications. 

No matter your reason, Dr. Gerard C. Mosiello and his experienced team at Tampa Palms Plastic Surgery are here to help you enjoy a simple and successful breast implant removal experience. 

When to Consider Breast Implant Removal

Women make the choice to have their implants removed for many different reasons. You may consider this option yourself if you can relate to any of the following:

  1. Your existing implants are 10-20 years old.
  2. Your cosmetic preferences have changed.
  3. Age, pregnancy, and/or breastfeeding have changed the shape and size of your breasts.
  4. You are experiencing pain and discomfort around your implants.
  5. Scar tissue (capsular contracture) has created a hard, distorted appearance in your breasts.
  6. Your implant has ruptured or rippled.
  7. You are experiencing symptoms of breast implant illness.


What Are the Steps of Breast Implant Removal?

Breast implant removal surgery is performed under general anesthesia. The procedure takes between one to three hours. 

During surgery, your plastic surgeon may make an incision in the same place where your breast implants were originally inserted. If you choose to undergo a breast lift during your breast implant removal, your surgeon will also remove excess breast skin and tighten the tissue to create better support. 

How Long Is the Recovery Following the Breast Implant Removal?

Most patients agree that breast implant removal recovery is quicker and easier than the recovery process after the original augmentation surgery although things may be a bit different depending on the reason you are having your implants removed.  In many cases, you are able to return to work within five days. 

Healing occurs gradually over about three to four months. You’ll only experience minimal discomfort, but it is important to avoid heavy lifting and intense exercise for the first six weeks after surgery. Most breast implant removal scars heal well, leaving no obvious signs of your surgery. 

What Are the Results of Breast Implant Removal Surgery?

The results of breast implant removal surgery change over time. Immediately after surgery, your breasts may appear deflated, unless you also had a breast lift during surgery. It takes up to three weeks for the breasts to regain their volume after implants are removed. 

Dr. Mosiello will provide specific recovery instructions to help you achieve the best results without complications. Your wellbeing and satisfaction are his top priorities, so he is with you every step of the way. 

For more information about breast lift surgery or to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Mosiello, contact Tampa Palms Plastic Surgery at (813) 343-0787. Our Tampa Palms plastic surgery office is conveniently located in New Tampa near Wesley Chapel. 


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