Past breast augmentation patients may be considering removing their implants for several reasons including no longer desiring a large breast size, wanting to return to their natural look, or even medical issues and implant malfunction. These malfunctions may include implant leaking, rupture, or the formation of scar tissue around the implant (known as capsular contracture).

What Is Implant Removal With En-Bloc Capsulectomy?

Your body’s natural reaction to breast implants is to form scar tissue over time around them. This is known as the capsule and doesn’t result in any changes to the way your implants feel or look aesthetically. This capsule must always be addressed by the surgeon who is performing a breast implant removal procedure. A breast implant removal with en-bloc capsulectomy is one of the preferred methods for implant removal as it is ideal for the fastest tissue recovery and healing. This method involves removing the entire capsule and implant as a single unit. Even though this method is sometimes used by our surgeons, it’s not always an option for every patient depending on various factors.

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What implant removal technique is best for me?

The best technique for your implant removal will be discussed during your personal consultation with one of our surgeons. Factors that will be discussed during your consultation will be the potential state of the capsule itself including its thickness and how tightly connected it may be to the chest wall. These factors will determine the approach our surgeons take and won't be fully understood until the surgeon is able to explore the capsule during surgery.

During your consultation with one of our board-certified surgeons, you can explore your specific breast implant removal situation and what the best treatment options are for your unique goals.

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Understanding Breast Implant Illness

Complications can arise following a breast augmentation procedure can arise for a variety of reasons. "Breast Implant Illness" is a general term describing these issues, and the experienced team here at Neaman Plastic Surgery is ready to assess your issue and develop your treatment plan.

No two instances of breast implant illness are exactly the same, so you'll be able to rely on the experience and training that our staff brings to the table. We'll work closely with you to craft a treatment plan that properly addresses your breast implant illness and restores your full quality of life.

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The Implant Removal Process

The process begins with a personal consultation with our surgeons where your treatment options will be discussed. 

Your surgeon will work one on one with you to make sure you understand your treatment options and to develop a treatment plan specific to your unique situation and goals. Our surgeon's primary goal is to make sure your implants are safely removed, minimizing any future potential risks for you, and to make sure you have a comfortable and speedy recovery. 

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Combining a Breast Lift with Implant Removal

Some patients may benefit from having a breast lift performed at the same time as an implant removal procedure. This can restore the cosmetic appearance of the patient's bust and eliminate the need for implant replacement. If this sounds like something you might prefer, be sure to discuss this option with a member of our staff during your consultation.

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Understanding the Terminology Involved in Breast Implant Removal

There are three key terms to understand when discussing the implant removal with a plastic surgeon: en-bloc, total capsulectomy and capsulectomy. "En bloc" and "capsulectomy" refers to the method of implant removal used by the surgeon. 

  • En-Bloc: Using the en-bloc method, the implant and the tissue capsule around it are removed as a single unit. This requires an extremely knowledgeable and skilled surgeon.
  • Total Capsulectomy: This term means that all scar tissue is removed during the procedure, including the lining around the implant along the ribs and lungs. This is normally done in two parts as the surgeon will remove the implants first and then remove any remaining scar tissue left over.
  • Capsulectomy: This term refers to only partial removal of the capsule scar tissue and again is normally done in two parts as the surgeon will remove the implants first and then address any remaining scar tissue left over.
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Breast Implant Removal FAQ's

What is Breast Implant Removal (also known as a Breast Explant) surgery?

What is an Breast Implant Removal 'En-Bloc'?

Can breast implants cause illness?

How do I know if I need Breast Implant Removal?

What type of recovery should I expect from Breast Implant Removal?

Can I get pictures taken of my implants and the capsules after removal?

What is done with my implants after they are removed?

Will you help me determine if insurance will cover all or a portion of my procedure?

What is Breast Implant Removal (also known as a Breast Explant) surgery?

Breast Implant Removal is a surgery in which a breast implant and the capsule of scar tissue around it are removed.

What is an Breast Implant Removal 'En-Bloc'?

En-Bloc, meaning 'as a whole', is a Breast Implant Removal surgical method in which the breast implant and capsule of scar tissue around it are completely removed as a single unit.

Can breast implants cause illness?

Medical complications from breast augmentation involving implants are very rare and there is no scientific link between breast implants and illness.

How do I know if I need Breast Implant Removal?

Candidates for Breast Removal can include patients with aesthetic reasons such as no longer wanting a large breast size or a desire to return to their natural look and for these patients it's a highly subjective decision. In very rare cases, patients may have health complications that may be linked to their breast implants or even have confirmed implant malfunction, requiring the removal of the implants.

What type of recovery should I expect from Breast Implant Removal?

The average downtime for the procedure is one to two weeks to return to regular activity. Normal daily activities such as walking, eating, and bathing can be resumed within one day of the procedure.

Can I get pictures taken of my implants and the capsules after removal?

Yes, all you need to do is request photos during your surgical consultation or any time leading up to your procedure and we will be happy to accommodate this for you.

What is done with my implants after they are removed?

It depends on your unique situation and what is best for you. What is done with your implants will be discussed during your surgical consultation and we are happy to either return them to you, dispose of them safely, or return them to the manufacturer on your behalf should they be defective, recalled, or otherwise eligible for compensation from the manufacturer.

Will you help me determine if insurance will cover all or a portion of my procedure?

Absolutely, this is a service we are happy to provide during your surgical consultation, where our surgeon and Patient Care Coordinator will work with you to determine if you have any eligibility for coverage from your insurance company for the implant removal procedure.

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Breast Implant Removal Consultation

Explore your breast implant removal options during a personalized consultation with one of our board-certified surgeons, Dr. Neaman and Dr. Christiansen. Both surgeons have trained extensively in the latest plastic surgery techniques. To learn more about your options for implant removal and to schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified surgeons, contact us.

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