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Breast Implant Removal After Rupture / Capsular Contracture

Breast Implant Removal After Rupture / Capsular Contracture | HoustonBreast augmentation continues to rank as the number one cosmetic surgery procedure in the US for several years. However, this does not mean that breast implants cannot fail and the results of your breast augmentation procedure will last a lifetime. Most women may need to undergo breast implant removal or replacement surgery at some stage in the future.

Board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak provides cosmetic and reconstructive procedures for the breast, body and face to patients in Houston, Texas and surrounding communities. 

 

Need for Breast Implant Removal

Although a majority of women may choose breast implant removal or exchange plastic surgery at some point due to a change in their aesthetic preferences, in some cases, this procedure may be a medical or cosmetic necessity. Here are some of those conditions: 

  • Implant rupture or deflation – a tear or a hole may develop on the implant surface, causing the filling to leak out of the implant shell.
  • Capsular contracture – the scar tissue that envelopes the implant may tend to become hard, causing tightness and pain in the breast. 
  • Implant rippling or wrinkling, which is visible on the surface. 
  • Implant displacement – shifting of the implant from its position.
  • Calcification – buildup of calcium in the breast tissue. 
  • Implant extrusion – the implant breaks through the skin because of a skin breakdown. 
  • Hematoma or seroma – blood clot formation or fluid collection around the implant site. 
  • Infection or breast implant illness. 
  • Ptosis – when the breasts begin to sag due to stretched skin. 

 

Surgical Techniques for Implant Removal

Based on your unique needs, your surgeon will create a customized surgical plan in close consultation with you. You may have your breast implants removed with one or a combination of the following options:

  • Implant removal – this is a standalone procedure, which will only involve the removal of your breast implants.
  • Implant exchange – if you are unhappy with the current size or type of your implants, you may choose this implant exchange or implant replacement plastic surgery, which will involve placement of new implants at the same time of removal of the old ones. 
  • Implant removal with breast lift – if your breast tissue has stretched or sagged over the years, your surgeon may perform breast implant removal in combination with a breast lift to tighten and firm up your breast appearance. 
  • Capsulectomy – if the surgeon determines that you need scar tissue removal along with the implant, they may decide to perform a full or partial capsulectomy, or use the en bloc capsulectomy technique in certain cases. 

 

Recovery 

Your post-operative recovery process will depend on the type of surgical technique used. In general, you can expect to return to your normal routine in about 7 to 14 days. In the first week, the surgeon may prescribe you mild pain medications to keep you comfortable. You should continue to avoid lifting of heavy weights and doing any vigorous exercises for at least four to six weeks following your breast implant removal surgery.

Female cosmetic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak receives patients from Houston, Texas and nearby areas for safe and proven surgical and non-surgical procedures.  

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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How often do you need to replace breast implants?

How often do you need to replace breast implants? | Houston SurgeryBreast augmentation cosmetic surgery results are expected to last for a very long time, but not forever. Patients often report that their implants have lasted for 15 or 20 years or even longer, and even the implant manufacturers are willing to offer a lifetime warranty on the implants. However, you should be aware that implant failure can occur at any point of time after your breast augmentation. 

Board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak provides cosmetic and reconstructive procedures for the breast, body and face to patients in Houston, Texas and surrounding locations.

 

How Long Will Your Breast Implants Last?

Whether you have had your breast implant surgery a month or a decade ago, if you experience any discomfort or another concern about your implants, you should visit your plastic surgeon. This goes for health related as well as cosmetic issues, no matter how small or big. 

Eventually, your breast implants will probably have to be removed or replaced, even if you have had them for years or decades. After the first 10 years, the risk of implant failure could increase. It is also necessary to understand that your breast implants cannot stop the progressive effects of aging. 

Your body and breasts will undergo changes with age. Weight fluctuations, pregnancy, breastfeeding, hormonal changes, gravity, and the natural aging forces will affect your breast tissue. With the passage of years, your implants may not feel or look quite the way they did at the time of primary breast augmentation plastic surgery. 

Having said that, you should feel reassured that in a vast majority of cases, the breast implants will not have to be removed or replaced for at least 10 to 20 years. Quality of implants and innovations in surgical techniques over the years has increased the longevity of breast augmentation results. 

 

When should You Get Your Implants Checked?

If you are using saline implants, you will know about an implant rupture on your own within 24 to 48 hours. The saline solution will leak out, causing the implant to deflate. It will become noticeable from outside as the shape of the breast will visibly change. Saline leakage poses no risk to your health because it is fully biocompatible. But for aesthetic reasons, you will need to have your saline implants removed or replaced.

In case of silicone implants, the FDA advises you to have them screened through an MRI three years following your breast augmentation surgery, and every two years after that. An MRI can detect whether the silicone implant has suffered a silent rupture. This is important because silicone gel is highly cohesive, and may stay intact in the implant shell. As a result, you will not notice a change in the breast shape from outside. 

But silicone implant removal or replacement is vital in case of an implant rupture because silicone gel leakage could present some degree of risk to your health. Female cosmetic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak receives patients from Houston, Texas and nearby areas for dependable and proven surgical and non-surgical procedures. 


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.

Out Of Town Patient Guide: Getting Plastic Surgery in Houston, Texas

Out Of Town Patient Guide | Houston Plastic Surgery | Plastic SurgeonWhile you may instinctively choose a plastic surgeon in your local area, it may not be the best way to make one of the most important decisions for your body transformation. Discerning patients are often willing to travel out of town if that means they can have access to the best in class cosmetic surgery procedures from a reputable surgeon. 

Dr. Kristi Hustak’s practice is equipped to provide a caring and discreet treatment environment to out of town patients seeking cosmetic procedures. Her office has the expertise to provide as much of a seamless and stress-free experience to out of town patients as they do for local patients for all types of procedures. 

Board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak provides cosmetic and reconstructive procedures for the breast, body and face to patients in Houston, Texas and surrounding locations.

 

Virtual Consultation for Out of Town Patients

If you are unable to travel separately for your pre-surgery consultation, Dr. Hustak’s office will arrange a virtual consultation over the phone, email, or Skype for you. Dr. Hustak will ensure that your long distance consultation is as satisfactory and productive as an in-person consultation. 

Your patient coordinator at Dr. Hustak’s office will guide you about providing completed patient forms, medical history, and photographs of your areas of concern. The surgeon will review these closely beforehand in order to create a customized surgical plan in consultation with you. 

 

Scheduling Your Surgery

Once you have made up your mind about going ahead with the plastic surgery, your patient coordinator will help you schedule a convenient date for the surgery. The length of time for which you may have to stay in Houston will depend on the type of procedure you are going to have, but in general, you may need about one week of stay in town. 

 

Preparing for Surgery and Post-Op Recovery

The surgeon’s team as well as your patient coordinator will guide you about advance preparation for a safe surgery and successful recovery. You may be required to undergo a few medical tests and routine blood work, depending on your condition and the type of procedure. You will also receive advice regarding which medications to avoid for a few days, and for how long you may be required to stop smoking (if you smoke). 

 

Travel Plans

Your patient coordinator will assist or guide you with your transport and hotel bookings. You should ideally plan to arrive in Houston a day ahead of the surgery to acclimatize yourself with the surroundings and meet the surgeon and her team. It is best to have someone accompany you on the surgery day and stay with you for at least 24 hours after the procedure to support you physically and emotionally. 

 

Hotels in Houston

  • The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa
  • Hotel ZaZa 
  • Four Seasons Hotel 
  • JW Marriott Houston Downtown
  • The Westin Houston Downtown

 

Airport

As the country’s fourth largest airport system, the Houston Airport serves over 180 cities globally, with Bush Intercontinental Airport ranking third in the US among airports with scheduled non-stop domestic and international service.

Female cosmetic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak receives patients from Houston, Texas and nearby areas for safe and proven surgical and non-surgical procedures.  


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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