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Breast Implant Removal

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Breast implant removal may be necessary for a variety of reasons such as implant rupture or personal preference. If you are experiencing discomfort or issues with your breast implants, our expert team can help guide you through the process of breast implant removal or breast implant exchange. During your consultation, Dr. Elkins-Williams will discuss your options and work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan to achieve your desired outcome.


Breast implant removal or exchange can benefit a variety of women who have had breast augmentation in the past. Women who are unhappy with the size of their breasts after breast augmentation may find that removing or exchanging their implants can help them achieve their desired breast size and shape. Women who have developed capsular contracture, a condition where scar tissue tightens around the implant, causing discomfort and distortion of the breast shape, can benefit from implant removal or exchange to alleviate their symptoms. Those with ruptured implants, which can cause pain or asymmetry of the breasts, may also choose to have their implants removed or exchanged. Finally, women who have changed their minds and no longer wish to have breast implants can benefit from the removal of their implants. Whatever the reason for wanting breast implant removal or exchange, out team will work with you to develop a treatment plan that fits your needs. 


When you come in for a breast consultation with Dr. Elkins-Williams, you can expect a thorough discussion about your goals and expectations for the surgery. Dr. Elkins-Williams will also review your overall health, medical history, prior surgeries, medications, and drug allergies. This will include a discussion about any personal or family history of breast cancer and a review of prior mammograms or breast biopsies. We will conduct a thorough examination and measurement of your breasts, which may include assessing the size, shape, skin quality, and placement of your nipples and areolas. Dr. Elkins-Williams will work closely with you to determine the most appropriate surgical technique for your individual circumstances. His goal is to help you achieve your desired breast size, shape, and overall appearance while ensuring natural-looking and long-lasting results.


During your consultation, you will receive a detailed surgical quote and any required clearance forms. If you choose to proceed with surgery, our dedicated Patient Coordinator, Julia, will guide you through the process of selecting a procedure date. To finalize your preferred surgical date, a non-refundable, non-transferrable booking fee will be required upon scheduling. A pre-operative appointment will be scheduled for at least two weeks prior to your surgery date. At the time of booking surgery, we will also schedule your first follow-up visit. 


During your pre-operative appointment, you’ll have plenty of time to discuss your upcoming procedure in detail and have all your questions answered. Your pre- and post-operative care instructions will be reviewed with one of our nurses, as well as any medications you’ll need to take before and after surgery. You’ll review and sign the consent form for the surgery, meet with Dr. Elkins-Williams to revisit your goals, and your surgical quote balance will be due at the end of this appointment. Our goal is to ensure that you feel fully informed and comfortable with the upcoming procedure, allowing you to approach your surgery with confidence and peace of mind.

What to Avoid Before Surgery

To minimize the risk of bleeding and bruising, it’s important to avoid blood thinning medications and supplements for two weeks prior to your procedure. This includes aspirin or aspirin-containing products, as well as anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen or naproxen (including Motrin, Aleve, and Advil). Additionally, supplements such as Vitamin E, multivitamins, and omega 3 fatty acids (fish oil and flaxseed oil) should be avoided. For a complete list of medications and supplements to avoid, please consult with your pre-op nurse.


After breast surgery, you’ll wear a soft post-operative bra, and there will be no dressings to change or drains to worry about. Although you may experience some pain and swelling initially, most patients do not require pain medication for more than a few days. You may take Tylenol (Acetaminophen) as directed. You can resume normal activities of daily living and light walks as soon as possible. However, you will need to avoid aerobic exercise for two weeks and strength training for four weeks. Over a period of about three months, swelling will gradually subside.


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