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There are many reasons to have breast implants removed. These include failure of an implant (leakage), poor outcome (appearance), and/or capsular contracture.  Many patients are also concerned about possible longterm 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, which is a surgery called “capsulectomy.” This 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.


In the initial consultation, Dr. Crabtree will use the time to get to know you, learn about your expectations and discuss a plan to achieve your goals.  He will discuss the variables of the surgery and create a custom approach for your procedure.  Together you will decide if you want to do an implant replacement or just the explantation.  Dr. Crabtree will also be able to tell you if you need a capsulectomy. Prior to surgery you will have a good understanding of the procedure, plan and recovery.


The Breast Implant Removal Procedure:

  • Clinic Procedure or Operating Room:Operating Room
  • Hospital Status:Outpatient
  • Length of Surgery:1-2 hours
  • Anesthesia:General Anesthesia performed under the care of a board certified Anesthesiologist
  • Post-Operative:A special bra may be worn for up to two weeks to help with swelling and recovery.  Mild soreness, swelling, and bruising are all normal
  • Recovery Time:Return to normal daily routine in one week, one month avoiding strenuous activity and several months for scars to fade and normal sensation.
  • Results: The results will be evident immediately but will continue to improve and “settle” over the course of several months.