Breast Implant Removal

Breast augmentation can accentuate a woman’s overall appearance by giving her larger and fuller breasts. However, patients may become unsatisfied with their breast implants and want them removed, whether due to initial dissatisfaction, recurring discomfort, postoperative complications, or changes in lifestyle and preferences. Fortunately, breast implant removal surgery can alleviate your dissatisfaction with your breast implants and provide you with emotional and physical relief.

Reasons to Remove Your Implants

Your Breast Implant Procedure Options

Breast implant removal alone is ideal for women who would like their implants removed and who do not seek further enhancement. During your procedure, the incision made during your previous breast procedure is reopened, through which the implants and scar tissue are carefully removed. The treated area is then cleaned, and the incision is closed using surgical sutures.

Some women who decide to have their implants removed may be left with a significant amount of breast sagging. Breast implant removal with breast lift surgery can remove your breast implants and raise the breasts to create a more youthful, perky bustline. This technique can also reposition and resize the nipple-areolar complex.

For the best results, you can combine your breast implant removal procedure with breast lift surgery and fat grafting. Once your implants are removed, breast lift surgery can lift the breasts to a higher position on your chest while fat grafting restores volume to the breasts. This combination of procedures is designed to create a natural and aesthetically pleasing bust.


Following your procedure, you will be asked to wear a surgical dressing to support your new breasts. A drainage tube may also be placed to collect any excess fluid or blood. Swelling and bruising will occur but should resolve after a few weeks. Most patients can resume their normal activities three weeks after their surgery. Make sure you avoid all strenuous activities for at least six weeks or unless instructed otherwise by your surgeon.

Depending on the type of technique used for your procedure, there may be some scarring. However, scars can be hidden underneath clothing and will continue to fade over time.

You will experience some discomfort following your breast implant removal procedure. Dr. Reichner can prescribe medicine to help minimize any postoperative pain.

Frequently Asked Questions

Ideal candidates for breast implant removal must be in good health and have realistic expectations regarding their results. Patients will also be asked to stop smoking for a few weeks before and after their surgery.

Most patients will feel emotionally and physically satisfied with their decision to have their implants removed. They can also expect to achieve smaller, perkier breasts that can enhance their figure and overall self-esteem.

As with most procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved with breast implant removal, which include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Change in skin sensation
  • Asymmetry
  • Skin loss
  • Poor wound healing

Patient Testimonial

“I have seen Dr. Reichner for 3 procedures and I could not be happier! I love him and his entire staff, he does amazing work and I couldn’t recommend high enough!”

– S.