Breast Implant Removal or Revision in Sydney
Breast Implant Removal or Revision in Sydney
What is Breast Implant Removal Surgery?
As the name would imply, breast implants once inserted, can also be removed.
The reasons for this can be quite varied. Patients may be unhappy with the appearance of their current breast implants and may choose to have them removed and replaced or just removed altogether. Some patients have experienced a problem with their implants such as a rupture or a capsular contracture (when the breast implant capsule contracts leading to misshapen and/or firm and/or tender breasts)
Recently there has been a great deal of conversation and controversy around “Breast Implant Illness”. While there remains currently no evidence linking breast implants to the symptoms being experienced by some women around the world, that is not to say that these ladies don’t have genuine symptoms. It can get even more complicated when some ( but not all) women report an improvement in their symptoms following removal of their breast implants.
Dr Kumar firmly believes that breast implant removal is just as personal a decision as it is breast implant insertion. While there is no direct clinical evidence, Dr Kumar is happy to offer breast implant removal in the context of symptoms attributed to “Breast Implant Illness” if this is what you wish. Unfortunately, no guarantee can be given that this procedure will then resolve your symptoms.
After the breast implants have been inserted, over a period of time the body forms a capsule around the implant. This is a perfectly normal thing to happen. In the absence of disease in the capsule itself, there is little medical evidence to support removing the entire capsule when removing a breast implant. However, when removing the implant, it is quite common to attempt to remove the entire capsule. This is what is called an en bloc removal with total capsulectomy.
Dr Kumar performs en bloc removals in Sydney when the capsule is diseased or when it is safe to do so. Not every patient requires an en bloc removal and sometimes it can be quite dangerous to perform especially if the previous implants were placed under the muscle. When seeing Dr Kumar for a consultation, he will go through all the pros and cons of removal the capsule as it applies to your particular issues and symptoms.
What is Breast Revision Surgery?
As you age, have children and/or breast feed or lose or gain weight ( among a host of reasons) you may find that you no longer feel your breast implants fit your physique or lifestyle.
Some patients have concerns about the impact Breast Implants may have on their ability to breastfeed while others may have more complicated problems. For some patients, their breast implants have been in place for some time and it’s time for a change while others wish to increase the size of their implants or exchange from saline to silicone implants.
For these and many more reasons, patients can choose to have their current implants removed and replaced with new implants
Am I a Good Candidate for Breast Implant Removal or Revision in Sydney
As a general rule, you may be a good candidate for removal or vision of your breast augmentation if:
- you are fit and healthy
- you have made the decision to remove or revise your previous breast augmentation in a calm and rational manner
- If your breast capsule is diseased ( capsular contracture)
- you are having problems with your implant ( rupture, deflation, extrusion etc)
- it has been at least ten years or maybe more since you had the implants inserted
Benefits of Breast Implant Removal or Revision
What are the Benefits of a Breast Implant Removal or Revision Procedure?
- Improving or removing the feeling that your breast implants no longer suit your body shape or lifestyle
- You can go smaller or bigger than your original breast implants to better suit your lifestyle
- Alleviates concerns about breastfeeding with implants
- Alleviates concerns regarding Breast Implant Illness
- Treats or alleviates concerns regarding BIA-ALCL
- Correcting problems or complications from previous surgery
Common Questions about Breast Implant Removal or Revision Surgery
What Can I Expect During Surgery?
There are a variety of surgical options based on the extent and cause of the problem when it comes to the surgical approach and process for Breast Implant removal or Revision Surgery in Sydney. The exact procedure will depend on your type of skin and what type of appearance you’re wanting after your procedure.
Dr Kumar will advise a surgical approach that aims to solve your individual symptoms or breast appearance problems.
Please keep in mind there is variability in surgical approaches and outcomes that may vary slightly.
As breast implants get older, one option is to replace them with new implants. During this surgery:
- You may also be able to increase or decrease the size
- A breast lift may also be required depending on your skin
Another option is to explant your implants without replacing them
Some patients will require breast and/or nipple uplift surgery after explantation or replacement.
Will I Get Scars?
This is a very common question. All patients who undergo surgery get scars. However, some scars are easier to hide then others.
The amount of scarring will depend on the procedure you require to achieve your end result. for some patients the final result can be achieved by using the scars already present from your original surgery. However, in others, for example, those needing a breast or nipple uplift, there will be new scars on the breast.
As a specialist plastic surgeon, Dr Kumar aims to design his incisions in a way that will best minimise or camouflage your scarring. Over time scars do fade and there are also multiple modalities of treatment available to treat your scars if they don’t heal in a favourable manner.
What Type Of Anaesthesia Will I Have?
Breast Implant Removal or Revision Surgery in Sydney, is performed under general anaesthesia Occasionally you may need stay in hospital overnight but for most patients this is a day stay procedure. There is minimal pain after the procedures and this is controlled with simple analgesia.
Dr Kumar only performs this procedure under a general anaesthetic in accredited private hospitals to ensure maximal patient safety and comfort.
Risks and Complications
If you are considering breast implant removal or revision surgery in Sydney, then it is important that you are informed of the potential risks, complications and side effects of this surgery.
While all care is taken to minimise or totally avoid these complications and side effects, complications may and do occur despite the best medical care. It is important that you carefully read and understand the risk factors and they will be discussed in more detail when you have your consultation with Dr Kumar.
The risk include:
- Partial or total loss of the nipple and/or areola
- Bleeding or haematoma ( blood clot)
- Infection around the incision sites
- Loss of sensation in the nipple
- Wound breakdown
- Abnormal scarring
- Lumpiness or fat necrosis
- Breast asymmetry
- Temporary or permanent areas of numbness around the scar
- Inability to breast feed
- Revision surgery to correct complications or any unevenness between the two sides
Recovery From Breast Implant Removal Or Revision Surgery
The length of your recovery will depend on the specific procedure and technique that Dr Kumar has used for your results. Recovery times can vary from person to person. If you have a “desk job” or one that doesn’t involve significant upper body physical activity, then most patients are back at this within 2 weeks of surgery. In general, however, Dr Kumar suggests that you should allow 4-6 weeks for initial recovery following your surgery. Scar maturation/fading often takes longer.
Patients report minor post-operative pain, which can be treated with oral medication. You will be given prescriptions to relieve pain and prophylactic antibiotics are prescribed.
A drain may be placed in each breast to drain off excess blood and fluids for the first day or two. All sutures are self-dissolving
Dr Kumar will work with you to allow for adequate and proper healing time. It is important to speak with him before returning to daily activities such as driving, lifting and exercise.
You will be given post-operative compression garments to wear after your surgery and it is vital that you follow Dr Kumar’s orders with respect to wearing these during your recovery period.
Good results depend on a collaborative approach between you and Dr Kumar. You must be willing to follow the specific instructions given to you by Dr Kumar, and attend all post-operative appointments.
Maintaining your Breast Implant Removal or Revision results
Please keep in mind that your results from your surgery may be impacted by fluctuations in your weight, early excessive activity, skin health or Body Mass Index (BMI). Pregnancy and breastfeeding may also impact on your surgical results following your Surgery.
No two patients are the same and surgery results will vary from patient to patient. It is important to work together with Dr Kumar to ensure you get the most out of your surgery and results.
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- How to assess if you are a good candidate
- How to plan for your Breast Implant Removal or Revision surgery
- Answers to some of our most frequently asked question
Breast Implant Removal or Revision Cost
How Much Is Breast Implant Removal or Breast Implant Revision Surgery?
After your initial consultation with Dr Kumar, you will be given a detailed itemised quote. This will include Dr Kumar’s fee, Anaesthetist fee, Surgical Assistant fee and the hospital fees. The fee will take into account whether the procedure is to be done in one stage or two, the type of implants best suited to you and the need for an additional procedures such as a Fat Grafting.
We will also provide information on our breast implant removal or breast implant revision payment plan plus other different ways to pay for you surgery.
Can private health insurance be used?
If you are privately insured then you may be able use this for breast implant removal or revision surgery in Sydney. You will not be able to use this for breast augmentation surgery. You may also need to have pre-approval from Medicare using the photographs taken in our rooms or photographs taken in surgery.
Your operating theatre and hospital costs, including the post operative stay may covered if you have the appropriate level of cover and you qualify for a rebate. Medicare and your private insurance may also contribute to Dr Kumar’s fees.
Individual circumstances will vary and it is best to discuss your surgical requirements with Dr Kumar to see if your surgery ( or part of it) can be covered by your health fund.
Meet The Expert
Dr Kumar as a specialist plastic surgeon has a particular area of interest in body contouring procedures which focus on areas such as the breasts, arms, back, abdomen, thighs, hips, buttocks and flanks – the areas that are most affected after losing a significant amount of weight.
During your consultation, Dr Kumar will evaluate your needs and take the time to understand your main concerns before suggesting a surgical plan that suits you.
As a patient of Dr Kumar, you can expect a personalised and positive experience. Working in harmony with you, Dr Kumar and his team strive to deliver results that surpass your expectations and do so in a safe environment. Along with him, his professional and caring team are there to support you on your surgical journey from your first call to well after you have recovered from your surgery.