Breast Implant Removal Helping You Regain Your Quality of Life

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 a breast lift to suitable candidates.

If you’re interested in learning more about this procedure, our team is here to help. Our offices serve the Charlottesville, Northern Virginia, Washington DC, and Richmond areas. Reach out and speak with a helpful member of our team to set up your initial consultation and get started on your cosmetic journey.

The Ideal Breast Implant Removal Candidate

Breast augmentation is an incredibly popular procedure, and patients frequently love the results it creates. In some cases, however, issues can occur with the implants, after the procedure has been completed. Sometimes these issues are simply cosmetic in nature. Other times, implant complications can come along with medical issues that require attention as soon as possible. Brothers Dr. Burton Sundin and Dr. Reps Sundin have an extensive amount of experience, and can help you navigate your decision with a high level of information and confidence.

You’re likely an ideal candidate for breast implant removal in the Richmond, Northern Virginia, Charlottesville, & Washington DC areas at VIPS if you’re experiencing:

  • Rupture
  • Migration
  • Rippling
  • A change in preference
  • Dissatisfaction with your results
  • Other breast implant complications
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Capsulectomy vs. En Bloc Capsulectomy: What's the Difference?

Capsulectomy and en bloc capsulectomy are two surgical procedures associated with breast implant complications, particularly in cases of capsular contracture or implant rupture. Here's a breakdown of the key differences between the two:


This involves surgically removing the capsule that forms around a breast implant. The capsule is the natural scar tissue the body forms in response to the implant. It's typically performed to address capsular contracture, which is the hardening of the capsule around the implant. Dr. Sundin removes the capsule while trying to preserve as much healthy tissue as possible.

En Bloc Capsulectomy

In the en bloc breast implant removal procedure, Dr. Sundin leaves the scar tissue capsule intact around the implant. He cuts around the capsule without disrupting the implant inside so that the entire capsule and the implant can be removed together “as one” (en bloc). This procedure was often recommended in cases of implant rupture, severe capsular contracture, or suspicion of implant-associated problems like implant-associated lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). Now, en bloc is reserved for cases with cancer present, which is rare.

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Before & After Breast Implant Removal

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The Safest Option For Breast Implant Removal

Capsulectomy continues to be the safest and most appropriate breast implant removal technique for many women. Take a look at an informative video that explains why capsulectomy remains the safest and most effective option for breast implant removal.

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Preserving Your Peace of Mind

Breast implant removal is a great way to respond to changes in your aesthetic preference, or to address breast implants that have eventually proven to be defective or damaged. While problems with breast implants can be frightening and uncomfortable, patients can rest assured when visiting the Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Burtin Sundin and Dr. Reps Sundin are extensively trained and will help you find a solution to the issues you’re experiencing.

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When is En Bloc Capsulectomy Necessary?

The BSCC, comprised of physician representatives from ASPS and The Aesthetic Society, recently made a consensus statement that emphasizes that an en bloc capsulectomy should only be considered for patients with confirmed or suspected breast implant-associated cancer following thorough medical evaluation.

According to Scot Bradley Glasberg, MD, President of the Plastic Surgery Foundation (PSF) and co-founder of the BSCC: “The en bloc is only necessary in particular cases, and it can leave patients with significant breast deformities and be prone to complications. Ultimately, the science and clinical data should dictate clinical care and guidelines."

The BSCC consensus statement highlights the uncertainty regarding whether the removal of breast implants, with or without a capsulectomy, can prevent the occurrence of breast implant-associated cancer in the future. It also notes that there is a small group of patients who have developed breast implant-associated cancer even after undergoing capsulectomy.

Additionally, the BSCC consensus statement clearly specifies that "the definitive and sole reason for an en bloc capsulectomy is for a confirmed or suspected breast implant-related cancer following thorough medical evaluation."

Your Breast Implant Removal Consultation

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 a lung injury risk. Dr. Sundin and the entire team at VIPS are committed to providing patient education as a key part of plastic surgery. During your initial consultation, Dr. Sundin will discuss everything you might want to know about your breast implant removal or replacement surgery, and help you make the decisions that are right for your body.

Your Breast Implant Removal Experience

Each breast implant removal procedure is unique, so Dr. Sundin will be sure to talk through your surgical plan with you before the date of your procedure. You’ll learn about where incisions will be placed, which technique will be used in your surgery, and everything you can expect from the recovery process once your procedure is over.

In most cases, breast implant removal takes about three hours to complete. Dr. Sundin will likely do everything he can to utilize the same incisions that were made during your initial procedure, so you won’t have to worry about the presence of any post-surgical scarring. You’ll be given a complete overview of your procedure during your consultation.

Your Breast Implant Removal Recovery and Results

You’ll spend a short amount of time in our recovery area before returning home on the same day of your surgery. You’ll be given a surgical bra, which will need to be worn for the first few weeks as your swelling subsides and your breasts heal.

You can expect to return to work and your other normal activities after about five to seven days, though you’ll need to avoid things like exercising and heavy lifting for at least six to eight weeks after the completion of your procedure.

We’ll ensure that you have everything you need to stay as comfortable as possible during your procedure, and you’ll be given a detailed recovery timeline before the day of your surgery. Our team will be available to you at every step of the process.

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How Much Does Breast Implant Removal Cost?

Our breast implant removal procedures include surgeon's fees, anesthesia, facility fees, and follow-up appointments. However, the final price can vary depending on the type of implants being removed and the complexity of the procedure.

Pricing is as follows:

  • Breast Implant Removal: $5,000-$7,000
  • Breast Implant Removal with Capsulectomy: $8,000-$10,000
  • Breast Implant Removal with Fat Transfer: $11,000-12,000
  • Breast Implant Removal & Lift: $10,000-$12,000

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Reps B. Sundin, MD

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Helping You Make the Most Informed Decision

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. Your consultation gives Dr. Sundin the opportunity to learn about the specific issues that you’re dealing with, get to know the goals and aspirations that you have for your physique moving forward, and learn about your personal lifestyle. Dr. Sundin is here to guide and support you with regard to your existing implants and will help you make the choice that is right for you and your needs. 

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