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Upset about this. How dangerous is breast implant removal surgery?

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Dr. Joseph Mele
Surgery - Plastics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Simple

Breast implant removal is simple, and can often be performed under local anesthesia.
It is technically easer than the initial placement. It becomes more complicated with ruptured silicone breast implants, or thick capsules. The procedure should be performed by an experienced plastic surgeon in the appropriate setting. The impact of removal, physical and psychological, should be discussed.

In brief: Simple

Breast implant removal is simple, and can often be performed under local anesthesia.
It is technically easer than the initial placement. It becomes more complicated with ruptured silicone breast implants, or thick capsules. The procedure should be performed by an experienced plastic surgeon in the appropriate setting. The impact of removal, physical and psychological, should be discussed.
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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Minimal risk

Not a terribly difficult surgery with minor risk of infection which will be carefully covered at the time of surgery.
You will have a change in contour but hopefully will get rid of the problem for which you want the implant removed. Discuss this with your plastic surgeon doing the removal who will be glad to address any fears you may have.

In brief: Minimal risk

Not a terribly difficult surgery with minor risk of infection which will be carefully covered at the time of surgery.
You will have a change in contour but hopefully will get rid of the problem for which you want the implant removed. Discuss this with your plastic surgeon doing the removal who will be glad to address any fears you may have.
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Dr. Christopher Khorsandi
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Safe surgery

Breast implant removal is generally considered a safe and quick surgery.
However if a capsular contractures present the surgery will require more time and may require postoperative drainage. Nevertheless surgery has a low complication rate in the right hands. Consult a board-certified plastic surgeon.

In brief: Safe surgery

Breast implant removal is generally considered a safe and quick surgery.
However if a capsular contractures present the surgery will require more time and may require postoperative drainage. Nevertheless surgery has a low complication rate in the right hands. Consult a board-certified plastic surgeon.
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Ruptured or not?

Removal of an uncomplicated saline or silicone implant can be simple and performed under a straight local anesthetic if a capsulectomy is not required.
Severe capsular contractures, pocket transitions, delayed silicone ruptures, textured implants, etc can present with various clinical pictures that may be significantly more complicated and may require more extensive surgical procedures.

In brief: Ruptured or not?

Removal of an uncomplicated saline or silicone implant can be simple and performed under a straight local anesthetic if a capsulectomy is not required.
Severe capsular contractures, pocket transitions, delayed silicone ruptures, textured implants, etc can present with various clinical pictures that may be significantly more complicated and may require more extensive surgical procedures.
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Dr. Tom Pousti
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Generally Not.

Generally speaking, breast implant removal is a relatively well tolerated procedure with relatively low risk and significant less “recovery time” compared to initial breast augmentation surgery.
If a breast implant has ruptured and/or is associated with thickened breast implant capsule tissue, the complexity of the procedure ( and the potential risk/complications associated with it) is increased.

In brief: Generally Not.

Generally speaking, breast implant removal is a relatively well tolerated procedure with relatively low risk and significant less “recovery time” compared to initial breast augmentation surgery.
If a breast implant has ruptured and/or is associated with thickened breast implant capsule tissue, the complexity of the procedure ( and the potential risk/complications associated with it) is increased.
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Dr. Dennis Dass
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: This depends

Breast implant removal (for an intact implant) is a relatively simple procedure.
Implant removal can usually be performed under local anesthesia in patients that simply desire implant removal. The recovery is also very quick, usually you will go back to normal activity the next day. http://www.dassmd.com/breast-augmentation/breast-augmentation-of-los-angeles.html.

In brief: This depends

Breast implant removal (for an intact implant) is a relatively simple procedure.
Implant removal can usually be performed under local anesthesia in patients that simply desire implant removal. The recovery is also very quick, usually you will go back to normal activity the next day. http://www.dassmd.com/breast-augmentation/breast-augmentation-of-los-angeles.html.
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