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Breast augmentation is the most popular cosmetic surgery in the nation. However, some women with breast implants no longer want them for various reasons. Our breast implant removal in Utah is a surgical procedure to remove breast implants, along with scar tissue that has formed around them, to restore the breasts to a natural state.

What is breast implant removal and why have it done?

Breast implant removal is a cosmetic procedure that reverses breast augmentation. Women who have had breast implants sometimes choose to have them removed and not replaced for various reasons, including:

  • Complications with breast implants, such as capsular contracture
  • Implant rupture or deflation
  • Difficulty exercising due to the size of augmented breasts
  • Health reasons
  • Personal preference to restore the breasts to their natural state
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What is recovery like?

Although recovery can vary from patient to patient, it is usually smoother after their breast implant removal in Utah than after the initial breast implant surgery. If you have had a breast lift in conjunction with breast implant removal, you may experience a feeling of heaviness and tightness in the breasts for a few weeks after the procedure. Most women report minimal discomfort and are able to return to work in approximately five days after surgery.

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Breast Implant Removal FAQ's

Do health reasons exist for removing breast implants?

In certain cases, doctors may recommend that women have their breast implants removed because of health issues, such as:

  • Capsular contracture (a condition in which the scar tissue capsule that forms around the implant hardens and contracts, squeezing and distorting the implant)
  • Infection or bleeding: If bacteria is seeded on the implant and infection develops, the implant will need to be removed.
  • Calcium build-up: Calcium deposits can form in the scar tissue around the implant, causing firmness and pain.
  • Breast cancer
  • Dead tissue around the implant (necrosis): According to the FDA, necrosis around the breast can result from several causes, including infection, use of steroids in the surgical breast pocket, chemotherapy and or radiation, excessive heat or cold, and smoking.

Do women with breast implants have a higher risk of cancer?

The FDA is collecting data on a possible link between breast implants and anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL). This is a rare type of cancer involving cells of the immune system. The incidence of ALCL in the breast is only three cases in 100 million women.

Women with breast implants may have a very small increased risk of developing this rare disease. Findings are not conclusive as to whether textured implants pose a slightly greater risk than smooth implants.

What happens when implants leak?

Breast implants are not lifelong devices, and they may rupture or leak. When a saline implant ruptures, it will quickly become deflated, making the rupture obvious. The saline solution that leaks out can be easily absorbed by the body.

However, a leak in a silicone implant is not so easy to detect, and silicone leakage can cause irritation and inflammation in the surrounding tissue. When this occurs, the surgeon performing implant removal will need to remove silicone material during the procedure. As this thick, sticky, silicone gel may be difficult to remove, some breast tissue may need to be removed along with it.

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