There are several reasons for deciding to remove your breast implants. Perhaps they have contracted, ruptured or leaked; maybe you simply are dissatisfied with their size and shape and want a new look. Whatever your motivation, it makes sense to educate yourself about every aspect of this procedure.

One little known fact about breast implants is that depending when they were put in, they are not designed to last the rest of your life. This is true whether they are saline or silicone. Over time, you may notice your breasts becoming softer and smaller, particularly if you have saline implants. Whichever type you have, it is important to consult with your plastic surgeon if you notice changes in order to determine whether adjustment or removal is necessary.

If implant removal is recommended, you may be relieved to know that the procedure lasts less than an hour and involves very little pain during the recovery period. As with your previous enhancement surgery, you are monitored at all times by an anesthesiologist, who will also ease your long-term recovery after the operation by injecting a long-acting pain reliever into your incision.

Once the actual surgery is completed, you will spend about two hours in the recovery room where your vital signs will continue to be watched carefully. You can then go home. Over the next week, you will wear a light wrap around your chest to ensure proper healing and minimize the possibility of fluid collecting around the incision site, which is usually located below your breasts.

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For the next few days, it is helpful to have a friend or family member nearby to make sure you are comfortable. Driving is discouraged for the first 24 hours. The good news is that pain is minimal since your surgeon will not disturb the pocket where your implant was located. Although complications such as infection are remotely possible, they are extremely rare.

The best way to ensure a speedy recovery from your breast implant removal is to be armed with as much knowledge as possible and to follow your doctor’s instructions. Don’t hesitate to call Dr. Kulick or a member of his team with any concerns or questions you may have before or after your procedure. Our staff is committed to helping you have a smooth and full recovery process so that you can resume all of your activities as quickly as possible.

Dr Michael KulickDr. Michael Kulick, MD is a leading board certified plastic surgeon in San Francisco, California. During an initial consultation, he’ll examine your individual anatomy, discuss all your options, and create a unique treatment plan along with any other necessary procedures. If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of plastic surgery and are looking for a qualified cosmetic surgeon, use this online form to request a consultation with Dr. Kulick or call 415-956-2550.