The procedure itself usually takes one to two hours, depending on if there was leaking, a rupture, or excess scar tissue. Occasionally the procedure can take longer if there is a tight or hard capsule which benefits from removal..Following the procedure, you’ll have a few hours of recovery time as the anesthesia wears off.
The incisions are placed in inconspicuous areas to prevent visible scarring, and often, Dr. Priti Patel can use the same incision from the breast augmentation procedure to prevent having to add an additional scar. If a new incision is placed, it will either be under the breast along the inframammary fold to make the scar less noticeable. This allows the best access to the implant and surrounding capsule as well as any leaked contents.
Because the surgery requires general anesthesia, we recommend having someone stay with you for 24 hours after the procedure. You will be in recovery at the facility for a few hours after the surgery. Our office will prescribe a short supply of pain medications if needed. Most of our patients will take Tylenol or Motrin after the procedure. You will be able to drive once you have stopped taking narcotics and most patients are able to return to work in two or three days. We will provide you with compression garments to wear for six weeks, and during this time, it’s important to avoid strenuous activity and exercise. During recovery, it is important to to avoid sleeping on your chest/abdomen. We recommend a reclined position for comfort.
Removing breast implants is a very safe procedure with minimal risk of complications. The most common complications include infection, pain, hematoma, and fluid collections. Dr. Priti Patel will discuss potential complications and address any concerns at your consultation. If the implants are removed without replacement or breast lift, a surgical drain is often used to help prevent these complications.