Breast Implant Removal

Implant Removal

Removal of Breast Implants

Breast Implant Removal

Treatment overview

Breast implant removal is a procedure to remove silicone implants following breast augmentation.  There are a number of reasons why someone may request removal of implants.  The procedure may be combined with other procedures such as an uplift or fat transfer.

Breast enlargement is the most commonly performed plastic surgery procedure in women in the UK.  There are an increasing number of patients that are seeking removal of their breast implants.  The removal of implants will result in loss of breast volume that may result in some drooping of the breasts.  Some patients may combine implant removal with an uplift or mastopexy procedure.

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Why do patients have implant removal?

Women choose to remove their breast implants for various reasons. While some may have experienced complications or discomfort, others simply decide that their priorities have shifted. It’s important to understand that each person’s journey is unique and personal.

One common reason for breast implant removal is the desire for a smaller breast size or improved physical comfort. Over time, you may gain weight and this can make the breasts feel larger.  Sometimes breast implants can cause discomfort, including breast pain, tightness, or a feeling of heaviness. These symptoms can significantly impact a person’s quality of life and may motivate them to seek removal.

Another reason women choose to remove their breast implants is the risk of medical issues. Although breast implants are generally safe, there is still a small chance of complications such as capsular contracture, implant rupture, or infection. Some individuals may decide that the potential risks outweigh the benefits and opt for removal.  Some patients may be concerned about symptoms that are often referred to as Breast Implant Illness.

For some women, the decision to remove breast implants is driven by a shift in priorities. As life evolves, our goals and values can change. Some individuals may find that they no longer resonate with the idea of having larger breasts or that they prefer a more natural appearance. Breast implant removal allows them to align their physical appearance with their current lifestyle and preferences.

What are the alternatives to breast implants when they are removed?

For individuals who are considering breast implant removal but still desire some degree of breast enhancement, there are alternative options available.

One option is fat transfer, also known as autologous fat grafting. This procedure involves removing fat from one area of the body, such as the tummy or thighs, and injecting it into the breasts to enhance their shape and size. Fat transfer can provide a natural-looking result while using your own tissue. This procedure may often require a number of sessions to achieve the desired volume.

Another option is breast lift surgery, also known as mastopexy. This procedure involves reshaping and lifting the breasts to achieve a more youthful and lifted appearance. Breast lift surgery can be performed with other procedures such as a tummy tuck as part of a mummy makeover.

  • Procedure time:
    1-2 Hours

  • Length of stay:

  • Return to work:
    2 weeks

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Breast Implant Removal

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Through comprehensive consultations, we ensure a thorough understanding of your aesthetic objectives while addressing any potential risks associated with the surgical procedure.

  • In depth discussion about your concerns with your implants
  • Referral for scans or blood tests if required
  • Active involvement of the patient is integral to the decision-making process.
  • A thorough examination is conducted
  • Deliver the highest quality of care for our patients
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Implant Removal

Before & Afters

Implant Removal


An implant removal is performed under a general anaesthetic and is usually performed as a day case. The operation involves using your existing incision in the natural crease underneath the breast to access the implant. The surgeon will then assess the capsule around the implant.  If there is significant thickening of the capsule around the implant then a capsulectomy may be required.  If the capsule is not too thickened then a partial capsulectomy or capsulotomy may be performed.  There is currently no evidence to recommend a complete en bloc capsulectomy.

In the UK, most breast implants are filled with silicone whilst in the US some surgeons use saline filled implants. The silicone gel is termed as cohesive meaning that it retains its shape even when cut.  These implants will tend to remain in the capsule although sometimes there may be extra-capsular spread to lymph nodes.  We do not routinely remove extracapsular silicone in lymph glands as this can cause more harm such as lymphoedema.

There is no exact definition or diagnostic criteria for breast implant illness (BII).  There may be some patients with breast implants that report generalised symptoms.  These symptoms may include tiredness; joint aches; immune-related symptoms; sleep disturbance; depression; hormonal issues; headaches; hair loss; rash; and neurological issues. These symptoms are non specific and may be due to many conditions.  There is no test that identifies the presence of BII. There are tests such immune markers and blood tests that should be performed to rule out other causes of symptoms.

The current evidence suggests that some patients may continue to have ongoing symptoms following removal of their implants.  The figures in scientific research indicate that 25-50% may still experience some symptoms post removal.

The term en bloc capsulectomy refers to intact removal of the whole capsule around the implant.  This is very difficult to achieve even by the most experienced surgeons.  There may be factors such as thickness of capsule, plane of tissue, adherence to chest wall that may prevent complete removal.  The current scientific data suggests that en bloc capsulectomy provides no additional benefits to partial or incomplete capsule removal.  There is suggestion that en bloc procedures can increase risks such as bleeding, seroma and pneumothorax.

The British Asssociation of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) offers the latest guidance to plastic surgeons on matters such as BII.  You can read their current guidance by visiting here.

There will be a loss of volume following removal of the implant.  The amount will depend on the size of the implant.  This may result in some sagging of the breasts and this may need an uplift to improve the shape.  Some patients may also decide they would like more volume and consider fat transfer as an option.

The cost of the procedure will vary slightly according to where it is performed, type of capsule surgery required, or if an uplift is needed. The prices start from £6950 for implant removal in Manchester and Cheshire. To find out more information about the cost of removal surgery book a consultation with Mr Nassab.

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