Implant Explant Chicago
Implant explantation is the act of removing implants from the breasts without replacing them. Dr. Schlechter can perform implant explantation as a form of breast revision surgery.
What Is Implant Explantation?
Implant explantation, sometimes referred to as “implant explant,” is the procedure where the surgeon permanently removes a woman’s breast implants during her breast revision surgery. When a woman undergoes breast revision, the implants are usually removed and replaced. However, it may be more appropriate to have the implants removed without replacement in some circumstances. The reasons for implant explant are personal and unique. Dr. Schlechter respects every situation as an individual case and can recommend whether implant explantation will be best for your needs.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Are the Reasons to Consider Implant Explant?
- Surgical Complications: Unforeseen complications from breast augmentation may be a reason to consider having your implants permanently removed. Examples of these complications include implant rupture, implant malposition, and capsular contracture. Your surgeon may recommend implant explantation if you have recurrent complications.
- Health Concerns: Some women with larger implants may experience back pain, neck pain, shoulder grooves, and other health issues due to the heavy weight of their breasts. Explantation can relieve this pressure and ease these symptoms. It may also be beneficial for women who experience pain or difficulty with mammograms.
- Changing Desires and Preferences: A desire to reclaim your natural appearance, feeling like your body is disproportionate with implants, or experiencing weight gain or breast sagging may motivate you to consider implant explant. It is not uncommon for women to have their implants removed many years after their initial augmentation simply because they have decided they no longer want implants.
How Can Breast Revision Surgery Help Me?
Breast revision surgery can remove your breast implants and correct any associated complications. Dr. Schlechter will extract the implants as well as any loose silicone if implant rupture has occurred. If you have experienced tissue capsule complications such as capsular contracture, Dr. Schlechter will remove the scar tissue as necessary. If no complications are present, he may be able to remove the implants while leaving the tissue capsule intact. In many cases, Dr. Schlechter will perform a lift along with breast revision to resolve tissue laxity and improve the shape and position of the breasts once the implants have been removed. Regardless of your reason for choosing implant explant, Dr. Schlechter can perform breast revision surgery to help you achieve your goals and desires.