Safe And Proven Breast Implant Removal or Replacement Surgery
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, breast augmentation continues to be the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in the US (with 313,735 procedures performed in 2018.) However, some women may need to undergo breast implant removal or breast implant replacement surgery at some point.
The Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery, led by ABPS board certified plastic surgeons Dr. Burton M. Sundin and Dr. Reps B. Sundin, is one of the most qualified practices providing breast implant removal, breast implant replacement, and breast implant removal with breast lift to suitable candidates.
Capsulectomy Technique for Breast Implant Removal
Total capsulectomy is the foremost surgical technique to perform breast implant removal or replacement surgery. Dr. Sundin will perform this procedure in a less invasive manner using a relatively smaller incision.
Following the incision placement, Dr. Sundin will partially release the scar tissue capsule from the surrounding breast tissue. He will then carefully open the capsule to extract the breast implant. After the implant removal, he will release the remaining part of it from the breast tissue in order to remove the entire capsule from the body. In some cases complete removal of the capsule may not be possible (see below).
Capsulectomy continues to be the safest and most appropriate breast implant removal technique for many women.
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En Bloc Technique for Breast Implant Removal
In the en bloc breast implant removal procedure, Dr. Sundin will leave the scar tissue capsule intact around the implant. He will cut around the capsule without disrupting the implant inside so that the entire capsule along with the implant can be removed together “as one” (en bloc).
Women who are concerned about breast implant illness due to silicone implant rupture may be more appropriate candidates for the en bloc procedure.
Is En Bloc Implant Removal Always a Good Choice?
In Dr. Sundin’s experience, en bloc breast implant removal may not be the best decision under all circumstances. If the breast capsule is too delicate or thin, it may not be possible to remove it in one piece. Another condition that could prevent the surgeon from performing this technique is when the capsule is tightly adhering to the rib cage tissue. Attempting to remove the full capsule with the implant intact inside could pose lung injury risk.
Dr. Sundin and the entire team at VIPS is committed to providing patient education as a key part of plastic surgery. During the initial consultation, Dr. Sundin will discuss with you all aspects of the breast implant removal or replacement surgery, and help you make decisions that are right for your body.
Make an Informed Choice about Your Breast Implant Removal Surgery
Dr. Sundin emphasizes that there is no single breast implant removal technique that is appropriate for all patients, and there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to this vital surgery.
A recent FDA implant recall for Biocell textured breast implants (Natrelle silicone or saline implants from Allergan) has caused a concern among some recipients of these implants.
Dr. Sundin is here to guide and support you with regard to your existing implants, and will help you make the best choice after determining your implant type, medical history, and your personal goals and needs.
To learn more, schedule your consultation today with our office.