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In a world where image is everything and first impressions are forever, breast augmentation can provide transformative results. For bold women who want to increase their breast size, the decision is usually a positive experience. Yet, while it is considered to be a long-lasting surgery, breast implants are not designed to be permanent. At some point, even if no implant complications occur, breast implants may need to be replaced or removed altogether.

What is Breast Implant Removal?

Breast implant removal is a surgical procedure in which the implants from a prior breast augmentation are removed and not replaced (explantation) or replaced with new implants of a different type or size (exchange). It is also sometimes referred to as breast implant revision, explantation surgery, or secondary breast augmentation.

Women may choose to remove their implants for several reasons. Some women may want to switch their implants to a larger or smaller size. Others may have simply changed their mind and want to remove the implants to go back to their natural breasts. Women who experience any sort of complications, such as implant rupture, capsular contracture, persisting pain, or any symptoms they may associate with having breast implants, will need to have the implants removed.

Additionally, women who are perfectly satisfied with their breast implants usually have to have the implants removed eventually. Breast implants do not have an expiration date but are typically meant to last for 10 to 20 years, so if your implants have been in for that long, then it is likely time for them to be evaluated for removal and/or replacement.

Breast Implant Removal Before and Afters

If you feel that your breasts are a problem you want to resolve, you are probably a candidate for Dr. Leslie Stevens' Beverly Hills Breast Implant Removal.

Am I a Candidate for Breast Implant Removal?

If you are unhappy with the way your breast implants look or have had the same implants for over 10 years, you may be a good candidate for breast implant removal. Other factors that make you a good candidate for this procedure include the following:

  • - Are healthy
  • - Don't smoke or can quit smoking before and after surgery
  • - Want to change the size of your implants
  • - Want to remove your implants entirely
  • - Need implant replacements for old implants
  • - Experience pain or discomfort from the implants
  • - Have implant leaks or ruptures
  • - Have scar tissue that is hardening or tightening
  • - Need to correct implants that have shifted
  • - Have realistic goals and expectations for your surgery

Schedule your consultation with Dr. Leslie Stevens to determine if you're a good candidate for breast implant removal surgery.

What Are My Options for Breast Implant Removal?

Breast implant removal surgery may look slightly different for every patient, as the steps and techniques will be tailored to suit the patient's needs and goals.

Remove Implants

You can have your breast implants removed without adding new implants. Patients who choose to remove their implants may have been unsatisfied with their augmented breasts, experienced some form of implant complication, or have reached the end of their implant's longevity.

Exchange Implants for Routine Maintenance

For patients who are satisfied with their breast implants, breast implant removal can include exchanging the old implants with new implants of the same shape and size.

Switch Implant Size

Some women may want to change the size of their implants. During breast implant removal, your old implants can be replaced with new implants of a different shape or size, depending on the patient's desired results.

Breast Implant Removal With Lift

Whether you're replacing old implants or simply removing them, you may be a candidate for a breast lift as well. After breast implants are removed, the breasts may sag due to the loss of volume. A breast lift can reposition the breasts on the chest and eliminate sagging.

How Is Breast Implant Removal Surgery Performed in Beverly Hills, CA?

During a consultation with Dr. Stevens, a surgical plan will be made based on the patient's examination and expectations to ensure a successful surgery and optimal results.

To ensure your comfort during surgery, you will either be given intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. Afterward, Dr. Stevens will make an incision to gain access to the breast implants. He will always try to utilize the pre-existing incisions from your original breast implant surgery. Once the incision is made, Dr. Stevens will remove the implant and sometimes the implant capsule if indicated. He may also need to remove free silicone gel material if there is a rupture.

If you are getting your implants replaced—whether with the same type of implants or a new size—Dr. Stevens will insert the new implants and then close the incisions.

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What Is the Recovery from Breast Implant Removal Like?

How long your recovery timeline is after breast implant removal will depend on what techniques were used during your surgery and how your body heals. If you had your implants removed without replacing them, you will likely have a quicker recovery. Typically, the recovery from a breast implant removal or an exchange is shorter and easier than the original augmentation procedure. Dr. Stevens will provide you with detailed aftercare instructions, and it is essential that you follow these carefully to ensure a smooth recovery.

After surgery, your breasts will be placed in a surgical compression bra along with the necessary gauze or bandages.

Avoiding strenuous exercise and other physical activities during your recovery is important, as you don't want to push yourself too far when your body is healing. Be sure to check in with Dr. Stevens throughout your recovery so he can let you know when you're cleared for all activities. Additionally, you'll need to attend all necessary follow-up appointments.

What Results Can I Expect After Breast Implant Removal?

There will be a noticeable difference in your breasts post-surgery. However, you may not see your full results until all swelling disappears and your body is completely healed, which may take up to several months.

Your breast implant removal results will be dependent on the type and size of the implants removed, the quality of your remaining breast tissue, and if you had new implants inserted. If you have your implants removed without adding new implants or a breast lift, then you will likely experience some breast sagging and loose tissue due to the loss of breast volume. The skin envelope will tighten over the first few weeks after the procedure to reveal the final result.

How Much Does Breast Implant Removal Cost in Beverly Hills, CA?

Your breast implant removal cost in Beverly Hills involves more than just your surgeon's fee. The total price you'll pay will factor in medical tests or X-rays needed before surgery, the surgical facility fees, anesthesia costs, and prescription pain medication. Additionally, your surgeon's fee will reflect their expertise and the level of care and attention they provide their patients.

You can visit our financing page to learn more about payment options for your procedure.

What Procedures Can Be Combined With Breast Implant Removal?

Other procedures we provide that may be combined with breast implant removal include:

Want to Learn More About Breast Implant Removal in Beverly Hills, CA?

If you'd like to learn more about breast implant removal surgery in the Beverly Hills area, call us at (310) 556-1003 or complete our online contact form. We also offer virtual consultations for prospective patients who do not live in the area but want their procedure performed by Dr. Stevens.

Breast Implant Removal Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What happens when breast implants are removed and not replaced?

When breast implants are removed and not replaced with new implants, the patient is usually left with certain degrees of excess breast skin. This occurs because the skin may have had to stretch to accommodate the original implants. Once they are removed, that volume will be gone, but the expanded skin will remain. Not everyone will need a breast lift as part of the procedure. That decision should be made in consultation with Dr Stevens, who will evaluate the quality of skin elasticity on your breasts. Not everyone after pregnancy needs to have a tummy tuck, and this holds true for breasts after the implants are removed.

Q: Does insurance cover breast implant removal?

Most insurance companies do not cover breast implant removal because breast augmentation is considered a cosmetic surgical procedure. However, if you have experienced an implant complication, some insurance providers may consider coverage if implant removal is medically necessary. You can contact your insurance provider to see if your situation is eligible for coverage.

Q: How painful is breast implant removal?

Since breast implant removal surgery is performed under anesthesia, you should not feel any pain during the procedure. It is common for you to experience some discomfort and soreness after surgery as your body recovers. Dr. Stevens may prescribe medications for pain relief to help you throughout the healing process.

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