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Breast Implant Removal Risks And Safety

Breast Implant Removal Risks And SafetyBreast implant removal cosmetic surgery is a useful option for women who have suffered breast implant damage or those who experience a change in their aesthetic preferences. 

This procedure may involve breast implant removal or replacement. However, similar to any surgical procedure, breast implant removal surgery also has certain associated risks and side effects.

Breast implant surgery can be a more complicated procedure than the original breast enhancement procedure, especially when it is performed along with a breast lift. Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Landon D. McLain provides breast implant removal to patients in Huntsville, Madison, Florence, Decatur, Scottsboro, Cullman, Athens, Alabama, and surrounding communities. 

Potential Surgical Complications

During the pre-op consultation, the breast surgeon will explain the potential risks and complications of the procedure to the patient. The patient, on their part, should follow the surgeon’s pre and post-op guidelines in a responsible manner to reduce the risks. Breast implant removal surgery has the below-mentioned associated risks:

  • Poor response to anesthesia
  • Bacterial infection
  • Unwanted cosmetic results
  • Bleeding
  • Unfavorable scarring

Risks associated with Breast Implant Removal

Breast implant removal is a relatively simple procedure. However, at times, it may have to be performed along with a breast lift for excellent outcomes. A patient may experience the following exceptional but serious complications during or after an implant removal procedure:

  • Scarring
  • Bleeding
  • Loss in sensation or a changed sensation in the nipple region

The breasts will likely not look the same as they did prior to the breast enhancement surgery. The patient may experience some breast sagginess or deformity, particularly if they had larger implants. In such cases, breast lift surgery, along with a breast removal procedure, can help develop more attractive outcomes.

At times, the patient may experience that her natural breasts seem smaller after the implant removal than what she recalls. The reason for this occurrence could be hormonal fluctuations or weight loss that happened when the patient received the primary breast augmentation plastic surgery

Risks related to Breast Implant Replacement 

The risks involved in breast implant replacement surgery are the same as those present at the time of the primary breast augmentation procedure. While rare, the following complications are associated with a breast implant replacement procedure:

  • Shifting of the implant from its position
  • Capsular contracture 
  • Implant rupture
  • Implant rippling
  • An altered sensation of the breast

A woman who chooses larger-sized implants for her breast implant revision surgery may experience more discomfort as her body will take time to acclimatize to the new implants. In addition, the surgery to place the larger implants will be more invasive and complex.

This procedure involves the surgeon creating new breast pockets to accommodate the larger implants. In correlation to this, they may have to change the placement of the implants as well, which may lead to a slight increase in the risks related to this procedure. 

Patients should understand that any breast revision surgery has some degree of associated risk. For this reason, a patient should only consider replacement surgery if she experiences a complication or wants to change her breast size. 

Dr. Landon D. McLain receives patients from Huntsville, Madison, Florence, Decatur, Scottsboro, Cullman, Athens, Alabama, and nearby areas for breast implant removal.

McLain Surgical Arts is a leading cosmetic surgery practice headed by Dr. Landon D. McLain MD, DMD, FACS in Huntsville, AL. Dr. McLain is a double board certified cosmetic and oral & maxillofacial surgeon, offering a variety of procedures such as dental implants, wisdom teeth extraction, breast augmentation, liposuction, rhinoplasty, tummy tuck, facelift, Botox, and laser skin resurfacing. For more information or to schedule a consultation call 256.429.3411 or click here.

Now taking patients from Huntsville, Scottsboro, Decatur, Madison, Athens, Florence, Cullman, AL and surrounding areas.

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