Breast Implant Removal in Boca Raton, FL
Breast implant removal is surgery to remove breast implants, whether saline or silicone. A capsulectomy is the procedure to remove the capsule that has naturally formed around the implant. A capsulectomy is indicated if there is hardening of the breasts (capsular contracture), which may distort the breast and can be painful. If there is a silicone implant leak, a capsulectomy may be required to remove any silicone within and outside of the capsule, if necessary.
Breast augmentation continues to be a popular cosmetic procedure in the United States, and there are patients who will replace their older implants. There are also women who wish to have their implants removed permanently for personal reasons, such as lifestyle and health changes, or out of medical necessity, such as capsular contracture or implant rupture.
As trends change, women are removing their implants to accommodate their lifestyles. Without the implants, women are finding they are more at ease while exercising. Women state the implants are making them look heavier as they age or they are becoming cumbersome. Whatever the reason, a highly trained plastic surgeon can remove the implants and do a capsulectomy and breast lift if necessary.
Dr. Albert Dabbah, board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, has been performing breast implant removals and capsulectomies for close to 30 years. He will discuss the surgery during a consultation, giving the patient a thorough understanding of the options that are available and explaining the surgical plan.
Read on to learn more about breast implant removal surgery in Boca Raton with Dr. Dabbah. Contact us online today to schedule a consultation. Our practice serves patients from throughout South Florida, including Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Deerfield Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Palm Beach, Highland Beach, and Parkland.
Breast Implant Removal Consultation
During the initial consultation, Dr. Dabbah will do a physical examination as well as take measurements. He will also have a conversation as to the patient’s reasons for implant removal. For example: Does the patient want to replace the implants, or would she prefer a breast lift with or without implants? He will then recommend a treatment plan and answer your questions. Dr. Dabbah’s goal is to achieve a natural looking and youthful aesthetic appearance.
Dr. Dabbah's Approach to Breast Implant Removal
Every patient and situation is different, but the goal is to restore an attractive and youthful breast contour and appearance. The surgery may take two hours or more and performed under general anesthesia.
An incision is placed at the breast crease or inframammary fold. If the original augmentation was performed through this incision, the incision will be used to minimize scarring. Through this incision, Dr. Dabbah will remove the implants. If the concern is capsular contracture, the capsule will also be removed. If the cause for explant is a silicone implant rupture, the breast pocket will be washed to eliminate as much silicone as possible. At that time, Dr. Dabbah will proceed with the plan as discussed in the consultation.
Breast Implant Removal and Breast Lift
The size of the implants being removed and the elasticity of the breast skin will determine the need for a breast lift. A breast lift will reposition your breasts to a more youthful and attractive position, higher on your chest. Dr. Dabbah may also reposition the nipples and areolas and make your areolas smaller.
Am I a Candidate for Breast Implant Removal?
You may be a good candidate for the procedure if:
"The level of care that you receive from Dr. Dabbah as well as his staff – is unrivaled. You’re not a dollar sign, you’re family. If you have a problem, you call anytime – day or night – and he will call you back within minutes. Their patients are their family, and they treat them as such."
What To Expect In Recovery
Breast implant removal surgery is done as an outpatient under general anesthesia. You will need some time to rest and recover at home and should plan to take a week or so off from work. You may experience some discomfort, certainly, if a capsulectomy was performed, which you can manage with pain medication. There will also be some swelling and bruising, which will gradually resolve as you heal.
Dr. Dabbah will provide you with instructions on how to take care of yourself while you recover. You will refrain from driving for a week and keep your arms below your shoulders for at least two weeks. It will be six weeks before you can resume full exercise.
Take the Next Step and Schedule Your Boca Raton Breast Implant Removal Consultation
Contact us online to schedule your breast implant removal consultation today. Our Boca Raton practice welcomes patients throughout South Florida, including Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Deerfield Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Palm Beach, Highland Beach, and Parkland.
You may have heard recent media reports regarding textured breast implants and an uncommon form of cancer called breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL).
In July, the breast implant manufacturer Allergan issued a voluntary withdrawl of its Biocell textured breast implants and tissue expanders from the market.
To those patients I have cared for, I do NOT use textured implants.
BIA-ALCL is not breast cancer. It is an uncommon but treatable type of non-Hodgkins lymphoma that can develop around breast implants. To date, there have been no confirmed cases of BIA-ALCL in women who have had only “smooth surface” breast implants or tissue expanders. Due to the low risk of developing BIA-ALCL, the FDA does NOT recommend for women with textured breast implants to have them removed unless they are experiencing symptoms. The most common symptom is a collection of fluid around the implant or swelling, but symptoms may also include pain, a lump in the breast or lymph node in the armpit, rash, fever, weight-loss or unexpected changes in breast shape, including asymmetry. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, I encourage you to contact my office. I will perform an evaluation and order the appropriate tests to determine if any treatment is indicated. Your health and safety will always be my top priority. Women who develop BIA-ALCL are usually cured by removing the implant and the scar tissue surrounding it. Some patients may require additional treatment (such as radiation or chemotherapy). For additional information about BIA-ALCL, the website of the America Society of Plastic Surgeons (PlasticSurgery.org/ALCL) offers a great deal of information for patients. Of course, I will also make myself available to personally answer any of your questions and concerns. I appreciate the trust you placed in me when you selected me to be your plastic surgeon. Rest assured that I will continue to monitor any developments, and I will keep you informed of any new information.