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What to Expect During Your Breast Implant Removal Consultation

What to Expect During Breast Implant Removal Consultation | HoustonWomen who are unhappy with the results of their breast augmentation or those who experience complications with breast implants may be ideal for candidates for saline or silicone implant removal cosmetic surgery

In case the original breast augmentation procedure was not undertaken properly, this procedure might become necessary.

Board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak provides breast implant removal to patients in Houston, Texas, and surrounding locations.

 

Objectives and Expectations

The breast surgeon will closely interact with the patient to understand her specific cosmetic goals and expectations from breast implant removal surgery. 

This feedback will be taken into account while developing an individualized surgical plan to meet her unique requirements. The surgeon will encourage them to review breast implant removal before and after images to allow the patient to develop reasonable expectations. 

On top of this, the surgeon will make sure that the patient wants to undergo this procedure out of her free will. Patients who are well-informed are able to arrive at a more sagacious decision on breast implant removal surgery and typically attain higher levels of satisfaction as well. 

 

Deciding between Implant Removal and Replacement

The surgeon will establish the reasons for breast implant complications and recommend a suitable course of action before the breast implant revision surgery. If the patient decides to undergo breast implant replacement, this procedure may be performed independently in many cases.

But if the patient seeks only breast implant removal, the surgeon will advise them on additional plastic surgery options such as breast lift surgery. This can be performed along with breast implant removal. Prior to the surgery, the surgeon will examine the implants and the adjacent tissue for swelling, leakage, rupture, and infection.

 

Establishing Candidacy

The main objective for the surgeon during a breast implant removal consultation is determining the patient as a candidate for this procedure. The surgeon will undertake a general medical exam and assess the breast structure, skin elasticity, and skin texture.

The surgeon will also assess the patient’s medical and surgical history and may order medical tests if required. They will include the cosmetic goals of the patient into the breast surgery plan.

 

Pre-op Guidelines

At the time of the pre-op consultation, the surgeon will provide the patient with clear guidelines about avoiding smoking for a specified period before the procedure. Moreover, they may ask the patient to temporarily stop certain prescription or non-prescription drugs or alter their schedules in discussion with the prescribing doctor. 

 

List of Questions

Ideally, the patient should create a detailed list of questions that they wish to ask the surgeon during the consultation. A ready list of questions will ensure that nothing relevant is missed out. A committed surgeon will answer all questions in an accurate manner to enable the patient to make a judicious decision about the procedure.

In relation to this, the patient may request to see the testimonials of previous patients to understand their experience with the surgeon. They may request a video (if available) of the procedure to learn more about it. Certain patients may also want to speak to staff members and take a short tour of the office to get familiar with the practice.

Female cosmetic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak receives patients from Houston, Texas, and nearby areas for breast implant removal.

For more information on procedures and treatments provided by board-certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak please call us to schedule a consultation at 713.354.5145 or click here. Offices in Houston, Texas.

Breast Implant Removal Candidates

Breast Implant Removal Candidates | Houston, TexasAt any stage after the breast augmentation cosmetic surgery, a woman may seek breast implant removal due to aesthetic, emotional, or medical reasons. The patient should be in decent overall health and not pregnant or breastfeeding to be able to undergo this procedure. 

Board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak provides breast implant removal to patients in Houston, Texas, and surrounding locations.

 

Removal due to Unsuitable Implants

The original breast enhancement plastic surgery may not always offer the results that a patient desires. This may occur due to a variety of reasons, such as inappropriate implant shape, size, or type.

After the implant surgery (in an exceptional case), the woman may feel that she was more satisfied with the natural shape of her breasts, or that the new breasts are impeding her ability to perform specific activities.

Women with such problems may make good candidates for breast implant removal surgery. At times, the woman may not be happy with the shape, size, and type of her implants. 

The woman may feel that her implants are too large or excessively small, or the shape or profile may not be suitable. Breast implant removal surgery may be ideal in such cases. The patient may sometimes choose to get new, more appropriate implants following implant removal.

A few years after saline implants were approved by the FDA, silicone breast implants received FDA-approval. However, today, they are more popular than saline implants because of their superior touch and feel. Certain patients may desire saline implant removal and the replacement of these with silicone implants.

 

Surgical Complications Necessitating Implant Removal

A woman may sometimes experience complications related to breast implants following their primary augmentation mammaplasty. This may happen at any time after the plastic surgery.

The risk of complications is greatly reduced in the hands of an experienced surgeon. But complications can still develop, even many years after the original procedure. 

Capsular contracture occurs when the scar tissue around the implant hardens. The patient will require implant removal or scar tissue removal surgery in cases such as these. 

In addition, they may choose to undergo a breast implant replacement procedure after the removal. Implants may leak, rupture, or deflate due to natural wear and tear or implant defects.

Implant rippling may occur due to the thinning of the skin across the breast or hormonal fluctuations. Sometimes the breast implant may shift from their original position to produce a lopsided appearance. In these types of conditions, the patient may require implant removal surgery.

 

Other Candidates for Implant Removal

Some women may be appropriate candidates for breast removal surgery due to other considerations, such as a cancer diagnosis. In such cases, implant removal would be necessary for the patient to be able to receive cancer treatment more effectively. Changes in aesthetic preferences or lifestyle may also cause some women to consider breast implant removal surgery.

Female cosmetic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak receives patients from Houston, Texas, and nearby areas for breast implant removal.

For more information on procedures and treatments provided by board-certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak please call us to schedule a consultation at 713.354.5145 or click here. Offices in Houston, Texas.

Breast Implant Removal

Breast Implant Removal | Houston, TexasNo woman imagines that the breast implants that she gets during her breast augmentation cosmetic surgery might one day need to be removed. However, many women who have breast implants decide to have them removed at some point of time. 

Numerous factors, such as lifestyle changes, a breast cancer diagnosis, or experiencing complications, such as capsular contracture, may be some of the reasons for seeking breast implant removal surgery. Board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak provides breast implant removal to patients in Houston, Texas, and surrounding locations.

 

What is Breast Implant Removal?

Breast implant removal surgery is a procedure that reverses breast enlargement. In this procedure, the surgeon removes the breast implants or revises their size and shape. At some point, many women who have received breast implant surgery will require another breast implant revision procedure, such as:

  • Implant removal and subsequent replacement with new implants
  • Repositioning the existing implants
  • Implant removal without replacement

The plastic surgeon may recommend the removal of the breast implants if a patient experiences complications with her implants, such as infection or capsular contracture. 

 

Who is Breast Implant Removal Surgery Suitable for?

Women usually choose to have their breast implants removed for the below-mentioned reasons:

  • Implant complications: Implant folding, deflation (if the implants contain saline), or rupture are some complications associated with breast implants.
  • Personal preference: Some women may feel that their breast implants are not the right size or shape. The implants may have shifted from their initial position over time due to pregnancies, weight gain, or weight loss.
  • Other complications: Infection, tension bands asymmetry, capsular contracture, leakage of silicone, and displacement.

 

What happens during Breast Implant Removal Surgery?

Breast implant removal plastic surgery is performed with the patient under general anesthesia. It takes between one to three hours to complete. The patient may be able to go back home on the day of the surgery itself, depending on her recovery. 

The three most common breast removal surgery techniques are:

Breast Implant Removal Only

The surgeon will make the incision in the same region as where the incisions were placed for the original breast augmentation surgery. In cases of capsular contracture, they will remove the tightened capsules to expedite the process of healing. 

Breast Implant Removal with a Breast Lift

The cosmetic surgeon may perform a breast lift along with breast implant removal in cases where the breast skin is sagging or has been stretched. They will remove any excess breast skin and tighten the breast tissue for stronger support. The surgeon may also, at times, re-size the areolas to fit the new breast shape more appropriately. 

Deflation

With saline breast implants, the cosmetic surgeon may decide to deflate them without undertaking surgery. The deflation can take place in-office under local anesthesia. The results of this deflation will determine whether the patient requires further surgery, such as a breast implant replacement surgery or a breast lift. 

 

Recovery after Breast Implant Removal Surgery

Most women report experiencing minimal discomfort after the procedure and are able to return to work in five days. Patients who have had breast implants removed due to capsular contracture will experience more discomfort and a prolonged recovery period. 

Female cosmetic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak receives patients from Houston, Texas, and nearby areas for breast implant removal.

For more information on procedures and treatments provided by board-certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak please call us to schedule a consultation at 713.354.5145 or click here. Offices in Houston, Texas.

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