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Breast implant removal, commonly known as explant surgery, is a procedure to take out breast implants without replacing them with new ones.
There are a number of reasons you might be considering having your implants removed. They may no longer look or feel how you want them to, or there may be a medical reason behind why you need them taken out. It may also be that the implants’ natural life cycle has finished. Whatever your reasons might be, our surgeons and nurses have years of experience in breast surgery and will be able to guide you.
You may feel that your breast implants do not match your style anymore, or perhaps they’ve changed over time. This could be due to pregnancy, weight loss, weight gain or the effect of gravity. Having your implants taken out can help you feel more comfortable in your own skin by returning to smaller, natural breasts.
Unfortunately, there are a small percentage of patients who may develop a capsular contracture or ruptured implant, where the implant feels painful and hard. Our surgeons can also remove any scar tissue build up from inside the breast when they take out your implants.
All surgical procedures pose a potential risk, and it is important know what these are before you go ahead so that you can weigh them up against the benefits your procedure could bring. During your consultations you will talk through these potential complications and you can ask any questions that you have about them.
As a guide, these smaller risks may include numbness, bleeding, infections, bruising, scarring and surplus skin.
You may want to remove your breast implants for various reasons. You may no longer feel satisfied with the shape, size and symmetry of your implants. You may even feel that having implants is not the look you want anymore, or they may have reached the end of their natural lifecycle after 10 years or more and you do not want to replace them.
Medical reasons or complications may also be the reason why you want to have them removed. These include capsular contracture, implant rupture, leakage, gravity or the “double bubble” effect, where the implant is sitting lower than it should.
It is important to think about how you want your breasts to look after implant removal surgery. You may want to consider a breast uplift for your natural breasts, as it is quite common to be left with excess skin that has now stretched to accommodate your implants. Making this decision now could prevent you from undergoing surgery in the future. This can be discussed with your surgeon assistant and expert surgeon at your free consultation.
The Hospital Group is a responsible provider of cosmetic surgery, so we understand that each procedure is different and tailored to your requirements and individual needs. At your free consultation, your surgeon assistant will be able to discuss the surgery with you, let you know the cost, and the payment plans available.
We have several finance options to choose from, ranging from paying for the procedure outright, to spreading the cost over a number of years on our flexible finance plans. Learn more about these on our Pricing and Finance page.
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Your Journey Step by Step
Your first appointment
Your journey with The Hospital Group begins with a free telephone consultation with our friendly surgeon assistants. During this conversation you can talk through why you are interested in surgery, how much it costs, the finance options available to you, how much recovery time you will need, and potential surgery dates. Whenever you decide to book a surgery date, you can secure it for a minimum refundable deposit of £500.
If you would like to proceed, we will book your surgical consultation.
During this consultation you will talk about your goals for surgery and go through your medical history to ascertain whether you are a suitable candidate for this procedure. You will also discuss the results you might expect, as well as the possible risks and complications of surgery. Our specialist surgeons are extremely knowledgeable, so they can answer any questions you might have.
If you feel you would like to go ahead, you will then be referred to a clinic nurse for pre-operative assessments and tests.
You will see your surgeon on the day of your surgery so that you can talk through any final questions and read through the consent form. The whole surgical team will be introduced to you before heading into theatre for the procedure.
The specifics of the surgery will be discussed prior to the day – you will find out how long it will take, the types of anaesthetics used, and they will talk you through the procedure itself.
The surgeon will let you know whether you will need to stay in the hospital overnight. You might feel swollen and tender for a while, but this is completely normal and should settle fairly quickly. We’ll provide any pain relief you need whilst you’re in hospital.
Your nurse will call you once you get home to make sure you feel okay and book you in for your post-operative review in the clinic when needed. We’ll also give you our 24/7 patient helpline number so that you can speak to a member of the clinical team at any time.
At The Hospital Group, we offer a full package of aftercare support with all our cosmetic surgery procedures to give you complete peace of mind. You’ll benefit from the following aftercare: unlimited post-op appointments with a member of our clinical team whenever you need them, surgical cover for 2 years, with an additional 3 years available for breast procedures – revision surgery where clinically indicated, additional days’ stay in hospital when needed, additional medication and dressings at no extra cost, and emergency telephone support which you can use at any time.
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