Breast implant removal explained
There are countless reasons as to why someone may wish to have their breast implants removed. From the desire for a more natural look after having had larger breast implants to the need to replace certain breast implants, either because they have been in the body for the recommended timeframe, have ruptured, are causing pain or discomfort through capsular contracture. Ageing, pregnancy and breastfeeding can also affect the decision to take out or replace one’s implants.
Whatever your reasons for wishing to have breast implants removal or replacement, Dr Veerle Rotsaert has a wealth of expertise and experience performing this surgical procedure from her central London practice.
What happens during a breast implant removal or replacement surgery?
Before your breast implant removal surgery, you will have an initial consultation with Dr Rotsaert to discuss the reasons for your breast explant. You’ll discuss whether you would require a replacement or further breast uplift surgery should you decide to remove your implants without replacing them.
Dr Rotsaert will also check your medical history to ensure that you are well enough to undergo a general anaesthetic and all the aspects of this simple but still serious surgical procedure.
You can discuss the recovery period and what to expect. Patient experiences vary depending on the procedure, whether you have replacement implants or an uplift or solely a removal so that you can plan and make the necessary arrangements to help with your recovery. At this stage, Dr V will examine your breasts and take photographs, provide her recommendations best suited to your goals and lifestyle and discuss any possible risks or complications you may experience. If you are happy to proceed following the initial consultation, you can go ahead with booking your surgery.
Your patient concierge is available throughout your journey to assist with arrangements and take any queries, from when you first get in touch with Dr V right through to post-op.
On the day of surgery, you may be asked to refrain from eating and drinking, will be advised what to bring and what to wear to hospital.
Once you’ve had your pre-op final assessment with Dr Rotsaert, you will be invited to relax until you are taken to the operating room for your anaesthesia. Patients for breast explant surgery have general anaesthesia (GA), which means you will be asleep throughout the surgery and unaware of anything taking place. The hospital team will administer medications for pain and nausea during and after your procedure.
When you are fully asleep, Dr Rotsaert’s nurse or assistant will apply disinfectant over your breasts to prevent any infection. Dr Rotsaert will then make an incision in the breast crease or around the areola to access the breast implant – this will usually be made where your original incision was. Dr Rotsaert will then decide whether to remove the implant without removing the capsule (scar tissue that naturally develops around the implant) or a portion of or the complete capsule (a more time-consuming procedure). This decision depends on your implant issues or goals for the final look and whether or not you opt for replacement breast implants.
Following this excision, Dr Rotsaert will either close the incision meticulously with dissolving sutures and finish off with special glue-like adhesives, perform a breast uplift surgery, or further implants for replacing those removed to retain volume and shape following explant.
After your operation, you will be woken from the GA and taken to your rest and recovery room. A nurse will monitor you closely for the next few hours, so assess your vital signs, pain levels and dressing sites. They will also make sure that you don’t have any complications following the surgery. Dr Rotsaert will then decide when you can leave the hospital. You will need to have someone with you to drive you home, as you cannot travel on public transport or drive following this operation.
Can I have a breast implant removal surgery on the NHS?
As breast implants and their subsequent removal is considered a cosmetic procedure and not medically necessary, it is rare for the NHS to fund this type of procedure, unless in a severe case (such as rupture after an accident or severe cases of capsular contracture). However, it is worth Googling and speaking with your GP about this if you feel you have a case.
Breast explant surgery with Dr Veerle Rotsaert
Removing or replacing breast implants is a procedure of which Dr Rotsaert is highly experienced and has worked in several major breast units around the world. She can give you all the information and reassurance you need to make an informed and educated decision on your surgery.
Contact Dr Rotsaert’s friendly team today for more information on breast implant removal surgery, or to book an initial consultation at her clinic in London.