How long does it take to heal after breast implant removal?Breast augmentation plastic surgery results may not last forever, and patients may have to get the implants removed or replaced at some stage. 

Although breast implant removal surgery is not too complicated, it will involve a significant post-surgical recovery process. At the time of pre-op consultation, the surgeon will explain all aspects of the procedure to the patient, including the recovery.

Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery, led by board certified plastic surgeons Dr. Burton M. Sundin and Dr. Reps B. Sundin, provides breast implant removal to patients in Richmond, Fredericksburg, Northern Virginia, and surrounding locations.


Moderate Downtime 

When a patient chooses implant removal, she may also have to undergo breast lift surgery at the same time. The recovery process will be quite similar to that of a breast lift. However, if implants are replaced and breast lift is avoided, the recovery may be slightly faster. 

Most patients will be able to return to their work or resume their normal activities in about 10 to 12 days. In some cases, it may only take a week to recover well. Actual recovery time can differ between two patients depending on the extent of complications, patient’s age and health condition, and how committed the patient is about following the surgeon’s post-operative care instructions.


Side Effects

Mild swelling and bruising in the treated sites is expected after the breast implant removal plastic surgery. The surgeon will prescribe painkillers and antibiotics to minimize discomfort and combat the risk of infection. Patients should perform short walks and light activities at home after the first two days in order to improve blood flow in the incision sites. This will help expedite their recovery.

In the initial few weeks, patients are likely to experience minor change in sensation in the breast area, or a feeling of numbness or tingling. This condition will usually resolve by itself over time, but in rare situation, it may persist for the long-term.


Ensuring Faster Recovery 

You should be prepared to follow the post-surgical care guidelines of the surgeon diligently after your breast implant removal surgery. That is the ideal way to ensure a healthy and rapid recovery. It is best to avoid smoking for as long as possible after the surgery. Nicotine can interfere with the oxygen flow in the blood, resulting in a delayed recovery. 

To improve the post-op swelling in the incision sites, you should apply cold compresses for the first 48 hours after the surgery. Try to keep your torso slightly raised with the help of pillows in the first week when you are sleeping. This will allow for better wound healing. Take the pain medications as prescribed, and do not drive while you are on medication. 

Avoid performing any strenuous activities or exercises for the first two to three weeks after breast implant removal surgery. This will keep minimal strain on the incisions until they are fully healed. Make sure to visit the surgeon’s office for all your scheduled follow-up appointments.

Plastic surgeons at VIPS receive patients from Richmond, Fredericksburg, Northern Virginia, and nearby areas for breast implant removal surgery.

For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeons Dr. Reps Sundin and Dr. Burton Sundin please visit

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