Suffering from painful breast implants can make daily life a struggle, and lead to other ongoing health issues. There are a number of reasons why implants can hurt or a patient should feel the need to change their implants, but this can lead to further distress and discomfort if not addressed.
Some of the most common reasons for changing your existing implants are down to a personal preference in size, shape or manufacturer.
Although breast implants are generally safe, occasionally they will fail. If the problem is detected early enough, breast implant removal is usually straightforward, but if the damaged implant is left, the problem will worsen. This is because the scar tissue around the breast will continue to thicken and deform, causing further pain. If the implant has ruptured, surgery will be more complicated.
Depending on your personal situation, you may also require a capsulectomy.
This is the surgical removal of capsular contracture. Capsular contracture is where tight scar tissue contracts around the breast implant, leading to potential complications.
There are four grades of capsular contracture which will be discussed with you during your consultation:
Breast implant removal surgery is usually performed under general anaesthetic. It normally takes between one and a half to three hours to complete, but this is dependent upon your individual case.
The complications of breast implant removal include:
The recovery time for breast implant removal is usually similar to that of the initial surgery. You should expect to be off work for at least a week and strenuous activity should be avoided for a minimum of three weeks.
Costs for breast implant removal vary depending on the type of surgery you choose. All treatment costs will be discussed with you in full during your initial consultation.
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In order to make a fully informed decision, click this link for a full guide on what to consider before surgery.