Breast Implant Removal

Plastic Surgeon & Medical Spa Serving Newport Beach, Orange County & the Greater Los Angeles Area of California

When you undergo breast augmentation, you should rightfully expect that you’ll be happy with your new breast appearance. For the overwhelming majority of women, this is in fact what happens. However, there are some instances where this isn’t the case. If at some point down the road you decide that you prefer to remove your breast implants and return to your original breast size, Dr. Richard Lee can help.

Dr. Lee is a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 15 years of experience, and he can perform a breast implant removal procedure if you decide that you no longer want implants. You can receive individualized treatment recommendations by speaking with Dr. Lee in person. Please call 949-548-9312 today to schedule a consultation. We serve patients in Newport Beach, Irvine and throughout Orange County, California.

Common Reasons Why Breast Implants are Removed

doctor holding breast implants There are a variety of reasons why you may decide to remove your breast implants, including:

  • Development of breast implant illness
  • Complications with your breast implants such as capsular contracture
  • Infection
  • Necrosis of the tissue around the breast implant
  • Breast implant rupture
  • Interference with your lifestyle, particularly if you are very active
  • The development of back, neck or shoulder pain associated with large, heavy breasts

If you prefer to replace your current implants with a new set that will provide you with your desired appearance, Dr. Lee can perform a breast implant exchange procedure. However, Dr. Lee can also remove your implants and restore your original breast size if this is your preferred outcome.

Breast Implant Removal to Address Breast Implant Illness

Breast implant illness is a rare condition that occurs when a woman’s body has an adverse reaction to the presence of a breast implant. Some of the symptoms associated with breast implant illness include:

  • Fatigue
  • Pain in the chest and ribs
  • Hair loss
  • Lack of moisture in the skin
  • Thinning of the skin
  • Depression
  • Brain fog
  • Memory loss
  • Reduced energy level
  • Muscle aches and joint pain
  • Thyroid function abnormality
  • Gastrointestinal and digestive problems

It’s important to understand that the presence of one or more of these symptoms doesn’t necessarily mean you are experiencing breast implant illness. You will need to work with your primary care doctor to diagnose the cause of these symptoms. If your physician believes they are being caused by breast implant illness, Dr. Lee can then help you remove your implants in order to eliminate the problems you’re experiencing.

Your Breast Implant Removal Procedure

Your breast implant removal surgery is performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. Depending on the specifics of your procedure, it may take between one and three hours to complete.

Dr. Lee will make an incision near the incision location used for your initial breast augmentation procedure. He will then remove your implants. If you are experiencing capsular contracture, a complication that occurs when scar tissue forms a thick “capsule” around the implant, Dr. Lee may also perform a capsulectomy to remove this scar tissue.

In most instances, Dr. Lee will perform a breast lift after removing your implants. This will address any sagging issues that have occurred due to your increased breast size, and it will restore a perkier, more youthful breast appearance.

Recovery after Breast Implant Removal

The recovery after breast implant removal varies based on the extensiveness of your procedure and your body’s innate ability to heal. However, in most instances the recovery is much easier than the initial breast augmentation recovery when your implants were first placed.

In general, there is minimal post-operative discomfort associated with this procedure and you should be able to return to work after about five days. However, you will need to avoid strenuous activity, exercise and heavy lifting for about six weeks. Dr. Lee will monitor your recovery closely and advise you as to when you can resume these activities.

Contact our Newport Beach Breast Surgeon

If you are interested in breast implant removal, please contact Dr. Richard Lee using the form on this page or call 949-548-9312 today to schedule a consultation. We serve patients in Newport Beach, Irvine, Santa Ana and throughout Orange County, California.