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Breast Implant Removal

While breast augmentation typically produces beautiful results, some patients may decide to have them removed following their surgery. Several factors can motivate a breast augmentation patient to have her implants removed. Postoperative complications, changes in personal preference, and uncomfortable side effects are just a few reasons why women opt for breast implant removal. Many women who seek breast implant removal come to Iconic Plastic Surgery for their procedure.

Candidates for Breast Implant Removal

Patients may consider breast implant removal surgery if they are in good health and have realistic expectations of their results. The ideal candidates for this procedure can relate to one or more of the following after breast augmentation:

-Capsular contracture
-Implant rupture
-Breast implant illness
-Bottoming out
-Back and shoulder pain
-Changes in personal preference

Breast Implant Removal Options

Breast implant removal is performed under general anesthesia and does not require an overnight stay for observation following the procedure. Each unique breast implant removal plan varies slightly depending on the patient’s case and preferences. One of the following four breast implant removal techniques can be used:

Standard Breast Implant Removal

During this procedure, the breast implants are removed along with the scar tissue capsule that formed around them. Dr. D’Souza prefers to use the same incision location whenever possible to prevent additional scarring. This approach is ideal for women who have good skin elasticity and moderately sized breasts.

Fat Transfer

After the implants are explanted, the breasts may appear deflated. Patients who have excess body fat can opt to have the fat removed using liposuction and then transferred to the breasts, replenishing the lost volume. This procedure may be performed at the same time as the breast implant removal or during a later appointment.

Breast Lift

Patients with larger implants or poor skin elasticity often experience breast ptosis (sagging) when their implants are removed. Breast lift surgery can be performed alongside implant removal to restore the breasts to a perkier and more youthful aesthetic.

Breast Lift With Fat Transfer

In some cases where a patient is concerned about skin laxity and volume loss, breast lift surgery can be paired with fat transfer. Women who choose this combination can enjoy naturally full and more youthful breasts without the need for implants.

Recovery and Results

Any postoperative pain following breast implant removal can be managed with over-the-counter or prescription medication. Patients can normally resume working and other light activities within 7 to 10 days of their surgery. Aftercare instructions specific to each patient’s personalized procedure will be provided to ensure a quick and comfortable recovery.

Out-of-Town Patients

At Iconic Plastic Surgery, we want to make sure our patients coming in from out-of-town feel welcomed and at ease. Our surgical center is conveniently located near San Diego International Airport and John Wayne Airport as well as a variety of five-star hotels. Our practice managers can help you with your travel plans and make arrangements with an aftercare provider for 24-hour assistance following your procedure.

Breast Implant Removal Cost

The cost of breast implant removal surgery is dependent on various factors, such as surgical and anesthesia fees. The average price for breast implant removal at Iconic Plastic Surgery ranges from $6,000 to $12,000. The total cost of your unique procedure will be calculated for you during the initial consultation appointment.


To schedule your breast implant removal consultation with Dr. D’Souza, please contact Iconic Plastic Surgery by calling 760-637-5288 today!