If you decide you no longer want your breast implants, or it is time to have a replacement, they can be removed at any time. Our team is highly experienced in breast implant surgery and we offer state-of-the-art facilities at the Spire Hospital Manchester, so you can rest assured you are in safe hands.
If our breast implant removal services interest you, then keep reading to find out more.
There are lots of reasons for choosing to have breast implants removed. You may simply no longer want them and would prefer a smaller size – your feelings about your body may have changed, or your body shape may have altered, either because of the ageing process or lifestyle factors such as pregnancy and breast-feeding.
Also, breast implants typically have a life span of up to 15 years, so some people prefer to have their implants removed and replaced for peace of mind.
Other people have their breast implants removed based on medical advice. Complications are rare but some people experience what is known as capsular contracture. This occurs when the very thin layer of scar tissue that forms naturally around the breast implant starts to thicken, causing firmness and distortion of the implant. Capsular contracture can happen quite early on in unusual cases though is more common when the implants have been in place for a few years.
The reasons for capsular contracture are multiple but one of the most common current theories is what is known as a ‘biofilm’. This is a very low-grade colonisation of the implant surface with bacteria, which forms a layer around the implant and is believed to cause irritation/inflammation.
Whatever your motivation for breast implant removal, we can provide the advice, support and medical care you need.
You will need to have a general anaesthetic which means you’ll be asleep throughout. We will then remove your implants, making incisions in the same location as when your breast implants were inserted so that we minimise scarring as far as possible.
Where appropriate, and in cases where a breast uplift is required, we use a breast implant removal technique called ‘en bloc removal’ which involves removing the implant and the capsule as one. This is seen as the ‘gold standard’ way of removing the implant without contaminating the pocket with even microscopic amounts of silicone.
Complications with breast removal surgery are rare but can include infection which can be treated with antibiotics or further surgery if necessary. Signs of infection include swelling, oozing from wounds, fever and the breast being particularly hot to the touch.
While follow-up appointments will be arranged to ensure your recovery runs smoothly, please call us straight away if you have any concerns following surgery.
Before you come to hospital, compile any books and films you might like to read or watch while you’re recovering, that way you can relax as soon as you get home.
Make sure you have a stock of food so that you don’t need to shop and enlist the support of your family and friends. You’ll need to ask someone to drive you home from the hospital, and to help with household chores and meal preparation when you get home. Make plans for other people to help with childcare so that you are able to get plenty of rest.
When you’ve had your breast implant removal surgery you will stay with us for at least one night, that way we can monitor your progress and ensure you get a good rest.
You should be able to leave the hospital the next day and we will provide you with pain relief medication as appropriate. You’ll be invited to return for a follow-up appointment 7 – 10 days after your surgery and then again after 1 month. Further follow-up appointments will be made depending on how things are progressing.
In the immediate aftermath of surgery, it’s very important that you rest so make sure you enlist support with household chores and meals and be sure to avoid lifting or carrying for at least a fortnight. Try to sit upright as much as possible to minimise swelling. We will provide you with a soft bra to wear while your scars heal, though it’s best to avoid wearing anything close to your scars for several days after surgery. You will want to wear loose clothing for a while.
You should feel like you are getting back to normal after about a week and able to return to work though you will need to continue to be careful with what you lift and carry until your scars have healed.
You can expect breast implant removal to cost between £3,615 – £5,356, though we will be able to provide an exact quotation following your initial consultation. This approach enables us to tailor our service to meet your specific needs as we always endeavour to meet individual requirements.
The first step is to attend an initial consultation with our experienced plastic surgeons. During this meeting, we will seek to understand your motivations for surgery and the results you would like to achieve. We will also be able to tell you more about what the surgery involves, and any associated risks and potential complications. This is an opportunity for you to ask questions about any aspect of your surgery so that you can make an informed decision about whether breast removal surgery is right for you.
At this moment in time, we continue to run our clinics as normal and are offering "virtual" consultations, via telephone or Zoom. Please contact us for more information.