POSTED 4th December 2019

How long does a breast implant removal and recovery take?

Every year, we see dozens of people who wish to have their breast implants removed.  If you would like to explore breast implant removal surgery, the first step is to book an initial consultation with one of our experienced consultant plastic surgeons.  Our highly experienced breast surgery team is here to guide and care for you every step of the way. Here, we explain more about the procedure, so you know what to expect.


The initial consultation

The starting point in your breast implant removal journey is to attend an initial consultation at the Spire Manchester Hospital with Mr James Murphy, our lead on breast surgery.  Mr Murphy will discuss your motivation for implant removal and seek to understand what you wish to achieve in order to provide tailored advice and guidance.  He will talk you through the procedure in more detail and answer any questions you may have so that you can make an informed decision about whether to go ahead with surgery, if you haven’t yet decided.


The surgery

If you decide to go ahead, we will set a date for your surgery and provide you with advice and guidance on how to prepare.  The surgery itself usually takes around two hours and involves removing the breast implants using the original incision sites, to minimise further scarring.


Where appropriate, and where a breast uplift is required, we will use a breast implant removal technique called ‘en bloc removal’.  This is the best way to remove an implant as it involves removing the implant and the capsule as one, so the implant is removed without contaminating the pocket with any silicone whatsoever.


When your procedure is complete, dressings will be applied and you’ll be taken to a private recovery room to ‘come round’ from your anaesthetic.  You will need to stay overnight so that we can help you rest and monitor your recovery.


What happens next?

After a good night’s rest, you should be able to leave hospital the next day to continue your recovery in the comfort of your own home.  You will be prescribed with painkillers to ease any discomfort in the first few days of your recovery, and you’ll be invited back to clinic within 7 – 10 days to meet with your surgeon to check that all is well.  Of course, if you have any concerns in the meantime, please do to get in touch with us.


Everyone’s body is different, so recovery varies from person to person.  However, if you work, you should take at least a week off to rest and recuperate.


Most people will feel fine to return to normal activities like driving within a couple of days, though don’t be surprised if you don’t feel ready to do so for a week or more – this is completely normal.


Our advice would be to listen to your body and do what you feel is right for you.  The more you can rest in the immediate aftermath of surgery, the faster your recovery will be in the medium term.


Please get in touch to find out more or to book your initial consultation.