Breast Implant Removal (With Optional Lift and/or Fat Transfer) – Santa Rosa, CA

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About Breast Implant Removal

There are many reasons women may want to have their breast implants removed.  Here are a few of the reasons:  1. their own body has changed, whether by weight gain or after children  2.  their implants feel too big or too small 3. patients sometimes worry that physical symptoms they experience could be related to what is known as "breat implant illness."  4. the implant may have developed a capsular contracture and feels hard.

At Plastic Surgery Associates of Santa Rosa,  Drs. Francisco Canales and Heather Furnas have removed hundreds of implants as well as the capsule surrounding the implant. Once an implant is removed, patients will have multiple options:  1. implant removal alone 2. implant removal and breast lift 3. implant removal and fat transfer to the breast. A breast lift can typically help remove sagging or excess skin, which could remain after implant removal. Fat grafting can restore some of the volume that goes away when an implant is removed. The best way to get started is with a free consultation. We encourage you to email through this website or call our offices in Santa Rosa and Novato, CA to learn more. 

Ideal Candidates

Implant removal surgery may be utilized to fix a range of issues a patient may experience after a breast augmentation, such as scar tissue (capsular contracture), implant malfunction, and unhappiness with the breast implants. Sometimes, women might simply prefer their original breast size and wish to restore their normal look. Patients who believe they have breast implant illness frequently feel better once implant and capsule are removed.  Regardless of the reason, breast implant removal can be performed any time a patient chooses. Before your surgery, Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas will talk with you regarding expectations and choices to be made before the surgery. 

Surgical Technique

During your breast implant removal procedure, the implants are taken out and scar tissue (capsule) might also have to be eliminated. Scar tissue ican occur after a breast augmentation and will need to be removed if it's affecting the form of your breast or causing discomfort. After the implants have been taken out, Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas can perform a fat transfer, breast lift, or possibly both based on what had been decided on during your appointment. Additionally, there are a number of alternatives to replace volume following an implant removal to improve the shape of your breast.

What to Expect

The recovery period will vary for every individual, depending on the repair required after the procedure. After the surgery, Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas will provide post-procedure directions and might suggest additional procedures to help eliminate scarring. For the first few weeks, patients may experience swelling and bruising and must restrict strenuous exercise until otherwise permitted. But patients are invited to stand and gradually move around as it will help with blood circulation. Optimal results can normally be observed roughly 4 – 6 months following the operation.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does breast implant removal cost?
The cost of breast implant removal will depend on the type of implant(s) being removed, your specific body type, and facility fees. After meeting with Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas, we can create a treatment plan and then estimate your costs. We accept many types of payment and can help you find low-interest medical financing to help make your procedure affordable.

A fat transfer or breast lift?
During your initial consultation, we will discuss your cosmetic goals to create a custom treatment plan to address your specific concerns. When undergoing a breast implant removal, we typically recommend that patients receive a breast lift or fat transfer to attain a natural and attractive-looking contour. Both procedures provide great results but are different. A breast lift removes excess hanging skin while a fat transfer adds volume to the chest region. The procedure you elect will depend on your personal needs and desires, but we can help you decide which option is best for you.

Any risks?
When performed by a highly trained plastic surgeon, like Dr. Canales and Dr. Furnas, the chance of any adverse effects or complications of breast implant removal are very low. However, with any surgery, there is the possibility of risks and although rare, the most common ones associated with this surgery include the development of scar tissue, numbness or loss of sensation, and sagging.

Can I increase the size of my implants?
Yes. If you wish to remove your current implants to exchange them for a larger size, then you can. Prior to any surgery, we will perform a thorough consultation to discuss all your questions and concerns so we can understand the look you want to achieve and create an appropriate treatment plan.

 

Restore Your Natural Look

Numerous factors could cause you to be dissatisfied with your current breast implants. Whether they're the wrong texture, shape, or size, Plastic Surgery Associates Santa Rosa can help you to achieve the look you desire with breast implant removal. At a consult, Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas will speak with you regarding your choices to renew the appearance and feel of your breasts. To get more information, call Plastic Surgery Associates Santa Rosa at your earliest convenience.

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