What are the steps of a breast implant removal procedure?
Step 1 – Anesthesia
Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedure. The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your doctor and anesthesiologist will recommend the best choice for you.
Step 2 – The incision
A breast implant removal requires an incision to be placed along the lower fold of your breast (the inframammary fold) or an incision around or below the areola.
Step 3 – The operation
This will depend on your particular surgery and your surgeon. Often, the breast capsules and implants are removed using a combination of techniques.
Step 4 – Closing the incisions
Sutures, skin adhesives, tapes or clips close the skin incisions.
Your breast implant removal will result in a different shape of the breast profile, which may be flatter or droopier than before surgery and have irregularities and/or indentations. You may also notice that the breast can take on a different shape with indentations depending on how much scar tissue was produced around your implants.