There are many reasons to have breast implants removed. These include failure of an implant (leakage), poor outcome (appearance), and/or firm internal scars also known as capsular contracture. Many patients are also concerned about possible long-term health effects and simply wish to remove otherwise “normal” implants. Dr. Crabtree is very experienced and sought after to address these various situations.
Dr. Crabtree will work with you to decide on the right surgical procedure. If your breast implants are ruptured, or if you have capsular contracture or capsular calcifications, you may also need your implant capsule removed. This is a surgery called “capsulectomy” and is often performed with breast implant removal or replacement. Whether the removal of the capsule is necessary or not is determined by your physical exam, radiological studies, or both.
Depending on the amount of loose skin that you have, you may also need a mastopexy, or breast lift. The scar for mastopexy varies from patient to patient, depending on the degree of excess skin. In all cases, however, the scar is kept to a minimum, and the skin is never used to hold or lift breast tissue. Many times, however, this is not required as the breast has a remarkable ability to lift itself after the weight of the implants are removed. Dr. Crabtree often suggests letting the breasts heal and recover between the explant surgery and the breast lift surgery. This allows for a more precise and predictable final result with less risk.