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Are you considering breast implant removal, also known as explant surgery? Whether it’s due to dissatisfaction, complications, or a change of heart, understanding the process is crucial. Here we’ll discuss some primary reasons for breast implant removal, the procedure itself, and what to expect during recovery. 

Reasons for Breast Implant Removal 

Breast implants, while a popular choice for many, may not be the right fit for everyone. Here are some common reasons why individuals opt for breast implant removal: 

  1. Personal Dissatisfaction: Some individuals never acclimate to the sensation of having breast implants. Whether it’s discomfort, the appearance, or simply a change in personal preference, dissatisfaction prompts many to consider removal.
  2. Complications: Various complications can arise post-implantation, necessitating removal. These include:
  • Dynamic Distortion: When implants placed under the chest muscle move unnaturally, causing discomfort or distortion. 
  • Capsular Contracture: Formation of hardened scar tissue around the implant, leading to pain and distortion. 
  • Pain and Limited Range of Motion: Some experience discomfort and restricted movement in the back, shoulders, or chest. 
  • Implant Displacement: Implants shift position over time, causing asymmetry or discomfort. 
  • Infections: Bacterial infections within the scar capsule surrounding the implants. 
  • Implant Rupture: Leakage or rupture of implants, whether due to age or trauma. 
  • Implant Extrusion: Implants protruding through the skin. 
  1. Medical Necessity: In certain cases, medical issues or concerns necessitate the removal of breast implants.

The Breast Implant Removal Procedure 

Breast implant removal surgery typically requires general anaesthesia and can last one to three hours. The duration may vary based on individual circumstances and whether one or both implants are being removed. Additional procedures like aesthetic flat closure or flap reconstruction may prolong the surgery. 

Before the surgery, imaging studies such as MRI or ultrasound may be recommended to assess the condition of the implants and detect any complications like ruptures or BIA-ALCL. 

During the surgery, the surgeon not only removes the implants but also the scar tissue surrounding them, known as the capsule, and any allograft material present. 

The Capsulectomy Procedure 

Capsulectomy involves the surgical removal of the scar tissue surrounding the breast implant.  

In total capsulectomy, the surgeon removes both the implant and the capsule, sometimes peeling pieces of the capsule from the chest wall and surrounding tissues.

Surgery: On the day of the surgery, the patient will undergo general anaesthesia to ensure comfort throughout the procedure. The surgeon will then carefully remove the breast implants, taking care to address any surrounding scar tissue or capsule formation. 

Closure: Once the implants are removed, the surgeon will close the incisions with sutures, aiming to minimise scarring and achieve optimal aesthetic results. 

Recovery: Following surgery, patients will be monitored closely in the recovery room before being discharged home. It’s essential to follow Dr Faisal’s post-operative instructions to promote proper healing and minimise complications with breast Implant Removal  

Risks Associated with Breast Implant Removal 

Like any other surgical procedure, breast implant removal carries certain risks and potential complications, including: 

  • Bleeding and Infection: Although rare, bleeding and infection can occur following breast implant removal surgery. Patients should closely follow their surgeon’s post-operative care instructions to reduce the risk of these complications. 
  • Changes in Breast Appearance: Depending on the patient’s unique anatomy and the duration of implant placement, breast implant removal may result in changes to breast shape, size, and symmetry. In some individual cases, additional procedures such as breast lift or fat transfer may be recommended to achieve desired results. 
  • Capsular Contracture: If the patient experienced capsular contracture with their breast implants, there is a risk of recurrence following implant removal. The surgeon may need to address any residual scar tissue during the procedure to minimize this risk. 
  • Emotional Adjustment: For some individuals, adjusting to the physical changes resulting from breast implant removal can be emotionally challenging. It’s essential for patients to seek support from loved ones and healthcare professionals during this transition period. 

Breast Implant Removal Recovery 

Post-surgery, expect to have gauze dressings or bandages, and possibly drains to manage excess fluids. You may be instructed to wear a support bra or compression garment to minimize swelling. Here’s what else to anticipate during your recovery: 

Recovery from breast implant removal surgery varies from person to person with an approximately similar timeline: 

  • Immediate Post-Operative Period: In the days following surgery, patients may experience swelling, bruising and mild discomfort in the chest area. Dr Faisal will prescribe pain medication that can help manage these symptoms. 
  • Activity Restrictions: Patients should avoid strenuous activities and heavy lifting for several weeks following breast implant removal to allow for proper healing. Light walking and gentle arm exercises are usually encouraged to promote blood circulation to prevent blood clots. 
  • Follow-Up Appointments: Patients are scheduled follow-up appointments with their surgeon to monitor healing progress and address any concerns. During these appointments, the surgeon may remove sutures and provide additional guidance for recovery. 
  • Resuming Normal Activities: Most patients can return to work and resume light activities within one to two weeks after breast implant removal surgery. However, it’s essential to avoid activities that could strain the chest muscles until they are cleared by the surgeon. 
  • Long-Term Results: While initial swelling and bruising will subside within a few weeks, final results may take several months to fully manifest. Patients should be patient and diligent in following their surgeon’s recommendations for optimal outcomes. 

Opt for freedom and comfort with breast implant removal 

Choose Dr Faisal for your breast implant removal journey and embrace the freedom and comfort you deserve. With his expertise and compassionate care, Dr Faisal ensures a personalised experience tailored to your needs. He prioritizes your safety and well-being, guiding you through every step of the process with transparency and professionalism.  

Trust in Dr Faisal Salim’s commitment to achieving your desired outcome, allowing you to reclaim your natural beauty and confidence with peace of mind. Choose Dr Faisal for bespoke excellence, and a transformative journey towards breast implant removal. 

Patient Testimonials

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Aadel Hameed
Aadel Hameed
I am an Italian woman and I would like to share my amazing experience with Dr. Faisal. When I decided to have my breast augmentation I visited several doctors, and I must say that every time I was more and more confused because I always received different advice and I felt a little lost. However, I decided to continue searching and found Dr. Faisal's profile on google, read some of his reviews and contacted him for a consultation. For the first time I really felt listened to, where I wasn't a "30 min visit" to sell the operation, but it was me as a person. Dr. Faisal asked me many questions to make me feel at ease and understand what my goals were (there was no time, he was just listening to me). I had finally left the studio happy, and sure he was the right surgeon. I want to clarify that I am a super sporty girl (I do running, CrossFit, kickboxing, tennis hiking), and also during the appointment, for me the most important aspect was to obtain a natural effect and be able to continue to do my sports activities as before. So I took a couple of weeks where every time I needed clarification he asked me to stop by the studio to explain me everything in detail! After my thousand dramas I decided the date of the operation :) it was a Friday. The day after I went out for a walk (Dr. please don't read, that I promised you I would be rested). On Monday I was already back to work and on Wednesday I could already drive. As for sport, I followed everything the Dr. advised me and after about 3 weeks I was back to running a bit. After about 5 weeks I was back to doing some weights. Now after 3 months I'm back to doing all my sports. I was already super happy with the result after the operation, now is absolutely incredible. I hope my experience can help other people because in addition to professionalism, he is a doctor who truly listens and cares about the person's happiness and I can't recommend him enough.
thuy lan pham
thuy lan pham
I had the pleasure of seeing Dr. Faisal recently and can confidently say he is one of the best doctors I have ever had. he is incredibly knowledgeable and provides incredibly thorough explanations, treatment plan. and never rushes me through an appointment. In addition, He is genuinely concerned about my wellbeing. I highly recommend Dr. Faisal for anyone searching for an amazing doctor.
Obaid Qahash
Obaid Qahash
I highly recommend Dr Faisal to anyone thinking of undergoing surgery. I had a few consultations with other Drs but instantly i had a really good feeling when discussing everything with Dr Faisal. He really took the time to listen and understand exactly what I wanted to achieve. He reassured all the way through the process and made me feel so at ease. I had done extensive research (15 years) before I decided to do the surgery of Breast Augmentation. Dubai can be a minefield trying to find the right surgeon but he came highly recommended from many people and I now know why. I’m so happy with my results.
Sophia Adams
Sophia Adams
I had the best experience with Dr.Faisal for my 360 lypo surgery. Starting from my very first consultation in which he was very welcoming and open to listening to what I was looking to achieve. He really took my case with all care and professionalism, and I couldn’t be happier with what we achieved. Beyond his professional capabilities, his after care and support post operation has been second to none. I highly recommend Dr.Faisal to anyone who is looking to do any cosmetic work- minor or major in Dubai, there is no need to travel abroad looking for better doctors or prices ..etc. Dr.Faisal’s procedure and care have been the utmost best in class.
M. E.
M. E.
I decided to undergo lower eyelid surgery with Dr. Faisal Salim after many years of having a complex and I can truly say that it was one of the best choice I've made. Knowing Dr. Faisal for some years I had plenty of faith that he would do a great job. His care to detail, precision, and overall perfectionist that he is are what made me put my trust in him to perform my surgery and it shows as I'm highly happy with the result!
Essa Hezek
Essa Hezek
I am 27 yrs old and I had a desire of getting larger and proportionate breasts since my younger age. When I researched surgeons and was looking through many, many galleries of results, I wasn’t impressed by almost any of the doctor's work. After a long search, I came across the website of Dr. Faisal Salim, read his reviews, and looked at his results. I was so happy and just knew i had to do a consultation with him! I spoke with his clinic first on the phone and she gave me so much information even before booking a consultation with a doctor. From the first tele conversation, I was so impressed, and comfortable and felt that they cared about me as a patient. I went to my consultation where he explained every part of the procedure and answered all my questions. As we have a family history of breast cancer, Dr Faisal referred me to do an ultrasound mammogram, along with a health screening and tests to check i was a proper candidate for surgery. When I was cleared I had my surgery in October 2021, and have had many checkups with Dr. Faisal since he is very involved and wanting to make sure i have the best results. He and his team are better than I could have imagined. I have had a lot of friends, and even strangers ask me to know my doctor's name because they are wondering about my result. I recommend him to every female out there wanting the Best Results!!!
Emma Fernandez
Emma Fernandez
I am very grateful to Dr. Faisal Salim for helping me to get rid of my post-pregnancy and post-delivery tummy weight. He explained the procedure to me very clearly and was very patient in doing so. I have been able to look like my old self again, all thanks to Dr. Faisal Salim. Thank you, Dr. Faisal Salim!!!
Kayla Heyden
Kayla Heyden
I would highly recommend anyone anyone who is thinking about Breast augmentation in the UAE to consult with Dr. Faisal Salim. The whole experience from start to finish has been highly professional and he truly listens to the outcome you want and advises appropriately based on his many years of experience. He also has an extremely supportive team and a good communication system which means you are still supported and reviewed weeks after the procedure. If you are thinking about having this procedure done, go and consult with Dr. Faisal. He will give you a good overview of the procedure so you can make the best decision for you and your body.
Adrena Haidel
Adrena Haidel
I had been thinking about getting a tummy tuck for years but I was so afraid of doing it. I had been searching for various surgeons because I knew it is an extensive surgery. But when I met Dr. Faisal Salim, I just knew he was the one I was searching for. After my first consultation with him, I got a confidence of doing tummy tuck surgery. It has been 6 months since my procedure and the result is amazing. He and his staff were welcoming, friendly, attentive and answered to all my questions in a positive way. I had a wonderful experience at his clinic, and his staffs were more caring. Thank you for your entire support and caring you had given me during my days in your clinic
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