Breast Implant Removal
Breast implant removal surgery, known as explantation, can be performed to change size and shape of breast implants, to remove the implants altogether, or to address a ruptured implant.
Breast implant removal is usually performed under general anesthesia, although occasionally an implant exchange or replacement for saline rupture can be done with IV sedation and local anesthesia. The explanation procedure can require an hour or more of surgical time, depending on the status of the implant capsule and whether or not the implant is ruptured. The procedure can be performed in an outpatient surgical center. The removal is made possible by an incision in the inframammary fold or the peri-areolar incision. Patients usually have drains for 3-8 days after the procedure.