Breast Implant Removal

What are reasons to have your breast implants removed? 

There are 2 main reasons that breast implant removal surgery may be required:

  • Complications
    • Capsular contracture: tightening of tissue capsule around the implant resulting in firmness & hardening of the breast
    • Implant rupture 
    • Infection 
    • Breast implant associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL)
  • Personal choice 

How is breast implant removal performed? 

Breast implant removal surgery is performed under general anaesthesia. Incisions will usually be made in the same place where the breast implant surgery was performed. The implant and surrounding capsule is removed. The procedure usually takes around 1 to 2 hours. Please note Dr Ling only offers breast implant removal without replacement. 

What is the expected recovery after breast implant removal?  

The recovery is different for each person. Most people go home the morning after surgery.

A follow-up appointment is arranged for 3 weeks after surgery. 

What will my breast look like after breast implant removal?  

Following your breast implant removal surgery, your breasts will not look the same as before your original breast implant surgery. The weight of the breast implants stretches your tissue and causes changes in the rib area. After surgery, your breasts will initially look deflated. It can take 3 weeks for the breasts to regain their volume. 

What are potential complications of breast implant removal?

All surgery has risks despite the highest standard of practice. The following possible complications are listed to inform not to alarm. There may be other complications that are not listed. 

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Scarring 
  • Numbness of the breast area 
  • Breast deformity or sagging

Dr Mary Ling performs breast implant removal surgery at Brisbane Waters Private Hospital, Gosford Private Hospital and Tuggerah Lakes Private Hospital on the Central Coast. Dr Ling contributes data to the Australian Breast Device Registry