Breast Implant Removal

Breast Implant Removal in Scottsdale and Phoenix, AZ

What is a Breast Implant Removal?

Breast Implant Removal also referred to as an Explant Surgery, i​s a surgical procedure to remove breast implants from a previous breast augmentation procedure. A breast implant removal may be needed if the outside shell of a gel implant breaks down causing silicone to leak and the scar tissue around the implant hardens. Over time this may result in pain and discomfort. There are many other reasons that women may request removal of their breast implants.

Why Breast Implant Removal? Many people may find themselves asking, “Why would someone want to get their breast implants removed?” The truth is most women who have breast augmentation undergo subsequent procedures at some point during their lifetime. Breast implants are not considered permanent, and there are a number of reasons women choose to have them removed.

Having heavy breasts can lead to self-consciousness and physical discomfort, including pressure on the back and neck areas. Getting a breast implant removal procedure will allow volume to be removed and your breasts reshaped if necessary. Having smaller and better proportioned breasts can provide more comfort and help your clothes fit better. A breast implant removal may allow you to have your breasts more in proportion to the rest of your body.

Breast Implant Removal Before & Afters

Reasons for Breast Implant Removal

Although the majority of women who undergo breast augmentation are extremely satisfied with their results, a number of women wish to have their implants removed at some point. Some common reasons to consider a breast implant removal include:

  • Health Concerns
  • Breast Implant Illness
  • Recurrent Capsular Contractures
  • Lifestyle Changes
  • Sagging Breasts
  • Unsatisfactory Size
  • Surgical Complications
  • Breast Implant Illness

Preparing for Breast Implant Removal

Here are some tips to prepare for your Scottsdale breast implant removal: Stop smoking, drinking alcohol, and all medications and supplements a minimum of two weeks prior to your procedure. It will help decrease the risk of bruising and swelling during and after your procedure. It will help decrease the risk of bruising and swelling during and after your procedure. Plan to have a friend or family member drive you the day of your surgery.

Dr. Michele DeVito will go over all the details of what to expect for your explant surgery and what you’ll need to do ahead of time during your preoperative appointment. She will answer any of your questions so you fell comfortable the day of your procedure.

What to Expect During Breast Implant Removal

Breast Implant Removal is a relatively simple procedure and can often safely be performed under local anesthesia. Breast implant removal procedures tend to be less invasive and less painful than a breast enhancement. Most of the time, the incisions used for the initial procedure can be used for the removal, meaning no new scars. Through these incisions, Dr. DeVito can remove the old implant and capsule, if necessary. Following your breast implant removal, you should recover faster and experience less discomfort than with your original breast augmentation procedure.

En Bloc Breast Implant Removal involves removal of not only the breast implants but also the surrounding capsule. Every attempt is made to remove the intact implant with the entire surrounding capsule still intact. This procedure requires general anesthesia and insertion of drains.

Mastopexy or Breast Lift may be desired along with breast implant removal especially if the breast implants are large. Removal under these circumstances will result in loose skin and saggy breasts. A mastopexy is a procedure to reshape and lift the breasts by excising loose, extra skin. There are many different types of mastopexies ranging from a simple crescent mastopexy to a keyhole or wise-pattern. The latter is an anchor-shaped incision around the areola that extends down and follows the natural curve and crease beneath the breasts. Some women will elect to have their procedures “staged” for a variety of reasons but especially if blood supply to the nipple is a concern. In this situation, the implants would be removed and a breast lift would be performed 3 months later. Dr. Michele DeVito can discuss the different types of breast lift procedures during your consultation.

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Breast Reduction may also be performed along with removal of breast implants. Excess glandular fat tissue and skin may be removed in addition the breast implants while the nipple and areola are lifted to their new position. Sometimes liposuction my be necessary to remove excess fat from the under arm area.

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Breast Implant Removal FAQs

Am I Candidate for a Breast Implant Removal?

A good breast implant removal Scottsdale candidate is a woman in good physical health with a stable weight who wants to have her implants removed because she no longer wishes to have them. It can be a lifestyle change like being bothered by their appearance or it may be that she is experiencing pain and discomfort, especially if her breasts have gotten harder. An explant surgery can be done at a younger age if a woman experiences severe pain from large breasts.

What are the Benefits?

Here are the top 10 reasons why you should consider a breast implant removal:

  1. Back pain from the weight of your breasts
  2. Implants have hardened giving you discomfort
  3. Implants have leaked or ruptured
  4. Implants have shifted in position over time
  5. Lifestyle decision to go back to your breast’s original natural size
  6. Looking for a change after a pregnancy or weight fluctuations
  7. New improved body image
  8. Saggy implants
  9. Self-confidence in being your authentic self
  10. Want an areola reduction

What are the Results?

Your breast implant removal will be permanent. Following your surgery, your breasts may appear deflated at first and It may take up to three weeks for your breast to regain shape.

Is it Safe? What are the Risks?

Yes, a breast implant removal is considered safe with satisfying results. There are potential risks such as a bad reaction to anesthesia, bleeding, hematoma, infection, numbness, poor healing of incisions, scarring, seroma, skin loss or discoloration, swelling and thrombosis.

Will there be a Scar?

Yes, but it should be minimal and inconspicuous. Your scars will heal and fade over time but will never fully disappear.

How is the Recovery?

Following your breast implant removal, you should recover faster and experience less discomfort than with your original breast augmentation procedure. Some women will elect to have a breast lift following breast implant removal. Dr. DeVito can discuss the different types of breast lift or mastopexy procedures as well. It is perfectly normal to feel some pain and swelling in the breast area after your surgery. Dr. DeVito can prescribe medications if you feel discomfort. The recovery period takes longer if your breast implants are removed due to capsular contracture. Overall, your recovery should take less time than your initial breast augmentation procedure.

After your breast explant surgery, you may receive gauze dressings that will be placed around your breasts to help keep the swelling down. A comfortable sports bra may also be an option. Drains may be placed under your skin to take out excess blood or fluid. Once your bruising subsides, your drains will be removed, usually within one weeks. Try to have only gentle contact with your breasts for the first six weeks after your breast implant removal.

Every person recovers at her own pace. Expect to have less stamina for several weeks. You may feel ready to go back to work a week after your procedure. But avoid strenuous exercises and activities for a month. Stretching is encouraged to start feeling better. In the end, you will feel better about your body and how it will appear more proportioned.

What is the Cost?

The cost of a Scottsdale breast implant removal surgery depends on many variables, including the experience of the surgeon. You want to make sure the surgeon is a board-certified plastic surgeon who will listen to your concerns and explain how the procedure will benefit you. A portion of your revision surgery may be covered under the breast implant manufacturer’s warranty. Our staff can go over the details of your warranty with you.

Finding the best Breast Implant Removal Surgeon

It’s important to find the best breast implant removal Scottsdale surgeon available to you. You want to make sure your surgeon has the education and experience to take care of you and help you with the desire to change your life. Dr. Michele DeVito is a board-certified Scottsdale plastic surgeon who specializes in cosmetic surgery of the face and body. She is a renowned plastic surgeon in Scottsdale helping many patients with breast implant removal, facelifts, mommy makeovers and tummy tucks, among other procedures. Dr. DeVito is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the prestigious American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. She is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the International College of Surgeons. Dr. DeVito will help you get the best breast implant removal Phoenix has to offer.


During your consultation with Dr. Michele DeVito, you will have an opportunity to discuss what you hope to accomplish with a breast implant removal procedure. You will be able to express your concerns and explore what options are available to you. Dr. DeVito will offer her advice based on your health and your specific needs as well as her years of experience as a surgeon.

If you are interested in having your breast implants removed, schedule your appointment to meet with Dr. DeVito. She can examine your breast implants, provide options, and recommend the best course of action for you.

A Scottsdale breast implant removal will take out your implants and replace them with beautiful, natural looking alternatives. If you are ready for this change in your life, let Dr. DeVito and her caring staff help you get the top breast implant removal Phoenix has to offer you. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.

If you are interested in having your breast implants removed schedule your appointment to meet with Dr. DeVito, She can examine your breast implants, provide options, and recommend the best course of action for you.

If you wish to remove your breast implants, then schedule a consultation at DeVito Plastic Surgery Center in Scottsdale

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