Facts about Breast Implant Removal
|Down time||1 week|
|Sports bra||2 to 4 weeks|
|Exercise||After 4 weeks|
|Prices||CHF 4,900: Breast implant removal|
There can be many reasons behind the desire to have breast implants removed. Many women find that their idea of the perfect bust changes as the years go by. If a woman decides she would prefer a more natural look, this can be the trigger for breast implant removal. It may also be necessary to remove implants for medical reasons, such as breast disease or damage to the implant itself.
If you are considering having your implants removed, we are here to help you at the prevention-center in Zurich. Our chief surgeon, Dr Christian Köhler, will advise you on whether your implants need to be removed and how you can achieve your desired results. Don’t hesitate to get in touch – we look forward to hearing from you!
Nowadays, breast implants are usually removed for aesthetic reasons. The latest generation of modern implants no longer need to be removed and replaced. Instead, these implants are designed to last for up to 50 years. They should only be removed if they are damaged, in the event of health problems or, statistically speaking, after 10 to 15 years. However, if you do not experience any problems, implants can be left in place for longer.
Capsular contracture is one potential reason for removal. This was once a relatively common complication of breast implants but, thanks to advances achieved in modern implants, it has become less common. Capsular contracture is a natural defence response against a foreign body, which the implant is. It causes a capsule of scar-like connective tissue to form around the implant. In the worst case, this can lead to breast deformation or induration.
In some circumstances, breast disease or inflammation around the implant site can make it necessary to remove implants. The same applies to implants that have ruptured or otherwise been damaged. Damaged breast implants must be removed promptly, especially older generations of implants, as the filling can escape into the breast.
Before the implant removal procedure, Dr Köhler will meet with you to discuss why you want to have your implants removed and which method would be most suitable. He will inform you of the risks involved and provide detailed aftercare instructions. The operation is usually carried out under sedation and can take several hours, depending on the complexity of the procedure.
If possible, Dr Köhler will remove your implants by making incisions in the same location as the incisions by which the implants were originally inserted. The benefit of this approach is that it does not create any new scars. Dr Köhler will keep the implants intact if possible and remove them whole. Finally, Dr Köhler will close the incision using absorbable sutures.
Just like after a breast augmentation, you will need to wear a compression bra after having breast implants removed. You must wear this bra at all times in the weeks following the operation and avoid any kind of physical exertion. However, you should be able to resume light activities after a few days.
You should allow 1 to 2 weeks before returning to work and resuming your daily routine. You can start exercising again after about 6 weeks. However, you should continue to protect your breasts against direct sunlight for around 6 months to prevent unwanted scarring.
At the prevention-center in Zurich, we offer implant removal from CHF 4,900. The exact costs can vary depending on the circumstances. If your implants need to be removed on medical grounds, the procedure may be covered by your health insurance provider.