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Implant Removal

Many women who undergo breast augmentation notice a significant improvement in their figure and self-esteem. While breast implants can enhance the overall size and shape of the breasts, they can also rupture, develop complications, and change the aesthetics of the breasts over time. Implant removal is a surgical breast revision procedure that removes a patient’s breast implants to restore natural breasts and eliminate any negative physical or emotional symptoms associated with the implants.


Reasons for Implant Removal

Implant Defects or Complications

Certain issues like implant rupture or capsular contracture can necessitate implant removal. These problems may develop immediately after augmentation surgery or years down the line, and they may be the result of an inexperienced surgeon or the body’s natural reaction to implants. Implant removal can address these concerns to produce a more aesthetically pleasing appearance.

Lifestyle Changes

A woman’s body can experience significant changes due to aging, weight loss, and pregnancy that can cause breast implants from a previous augmentation to look unnatural or unbalanced over time. Some patients may decide their implants no longer represent the look they want to achieve. Others, involved in sports or new hobbies, may find implants interfere with their new lifestyle. In those cases, implant removal can restore a sense of satisfaction and balance in keeping with new lifestyle choices.

Displeasing Initial Results

After breast augmentation, some women feel that their breast implants look unflattering or that they did not achieve the results they expected. This can cause embarrassment or self-consciousness about their appearance. Implant removal can restore the breasts to their original shape and position to restore a woman’s confidence and self-esteem.



Implant removal is performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia.

Intravenous sedation may also be used depending on the amount of correction needed for your procedure.


During your implant removal surgery, an incision will be placed below the breast, around the nipple, or under the areola.

The capsule of scar tissue surrounding the implant may be removed along with the implant. The incisions are then closed using surgical sutures.


Some women choose to combine their implant removal surgery with breast lift surgery to tighten the tissues and raise the breasts to an aesthetically pleasing position.

This can also provide patients with youthful, natural-looking breasts that accentuate their overall figure.



During your consultation, Dr. Grotting or Dr. Cohn will examine the condition of your breasts to determine which technique will best suit your personal and aesthetic needs.

They will also review your medical history and determine the best technique to reach your goals.


Following your implant removal surgery, you will be asked to wear a surgical garment to protect your new contours and minimize swelling.

Drainage tubes may also be placed to collect any excess fluid or blood. Swelling and bruising should resolve within a few days. You should avoid all strenuous activities for a few weeks unless instructed otherwise by Dr. Grotting or Dr. Cohn.


Dr. Grotting or Dr. Cohn will make sure all incisions are placed in discreet locations.

Any visible scarring that does occur can be covered with swimsuits or undergarments and will likely fade over time.


You may experience some moderate discomfort following your implant removal surgery.

Dr. Grotting or Dr. Cohn will prescribe medication to minimize the pain.


“I was informed and knew what to expect and my results have been much better than I ever thought they could be. I only wish I had known how great it would be. I would have had this done years ago.”

Frequently Asked Questions

Candidates who wish to remove their breast implants should do so for personal or medical reasons. Patients must also be in good health and have realistic expectations.

You will likely feel relieved after your implant removal surgery and experience a significant change in appearance and self-esteem. Patients often feel more comfortable with the look and feel of their breasts after the procedure.

As with most surgical procedures, there may be some risks involved with implant removal. These include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Hematoma
  • Scarring
  • Poor wound healing
  • Change in skin sensation
  • Asymmetry
  • Small or droopy breasts
  • The possibility of revision surgery

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