Breast implant removal is a surgical procedure that is performed usually for cosmetic or health reasons.

For some women, removal is a cosmetic issue as they have become dissatisfied with the size and shape of their implants.

For other women, they need their implants removed as poor-quality implants have deteriorated or even leaked, making women vulnerable to serious health problems.

As one of the UK’s few female cosmetic surgeons, Elena Prousskaia brings a woman’s perspective to all her breast procedures. Elena’s skill and experience will ensure that both the cosmetic and health issues leading to implant removal will be resolved to the patient’s satisfaction.

Who Needs Breast Implant Removal?

Women often choose removal for aesthetic reasons. As body contours change over time, perhaps after childbirth, the original implants may no longer be as flattering as they were. Some women decide that they would prefer to have breasts more in line with their original cup size.

Other issues can develop over time. Scar tissue can form around implants, called a capsular contracture. This condition eventually causes discomfort and affects the appearance of the breasts. In rare cases, an implant can fold or deflate.

There is always the risk of infection after any surgical procedure, including breast enhancement, which could require the removal of an implant.

What If I Have PIP Breast Implants?

For women who had PIP implants between 2001 and 2010, the need for removal can be both a cosmetic and medical issue.

PIP implants contain industrial-grade silicone, which is unsuitable for use in the human body. Leakage of the silicone into the surrounding tissues has caused health problems for many women. This issue is now widely acknowledged, and thousands of women have had their PIP implants removed.

Ms Prousskaia only uses premium products in her treatments and never used PIP implants as they were of poor quality.

Breast Implant Removal Procedure

The incisions created to insert the implants will be used again to remove them, minimising scarring.

If breasts additionally require reshaping or uplift it can be achieved with an “anchor” scars uplift. The surgeon will remove the implants and any scar tissue, then close the skin incision again.

The surgery will take place under general anaesthetic. Its duration will depend upon the condition of the implants. Most operations are straightforward, but extra care is required if an implant has ruptured or leaked, and the surgery will take longer. For most patients, an overnight stay in hospital will be required.

What Will My Breasts Look Like After The Removal Of My Breast Implants?

Removing unsatisfactory or dangerous implants will solve one problem but won’t always provide a cosmetic result that will please every woman.

To address this issue, Elena also offers additional procedures like breast uplift and remodelling, or implant replacement to replace the original implants with premium quality, safe implants.

During your consultations with Elena, you can decide together what would be the best way forward to make you happy with your results.

Advice On Breast Implants

Since December 2018, many regulatory bodies around the world have issued statements regarding their own position and some have limited the distribution of other textured devices. The advice does vary from country to country because the research data available is limited and not conclusive. None have called for the precautionary removal or replacement of textured devices that are already inside patients’ breasts.

Breast implants however are not lifelong devices and in general will need removal or replacement at some point. In an effort to have more robust data about both conditions, the Breast and Cosmetic Implant register (BCIR) collects breast implant data for patients in England and Scotland. The MHRA continues to collect and analyse UK information through a reporting system. It also has links with up to date information from international public health organisations. The most recent advice from MHRA on BIA-ALCL was updated on the 4th April 2019.

View the MHRA statement on Allergan

Download the BAAPS statement on ALCL

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Should I Choose Elena Prousskaia For Breast Implant Removal?

Ms Prousskaia is a world-class cosmetic surgeon who has been making patients feel better about themselves and their bodies for over twenty years. She has had a successful career in the NHS as a Consultant Plastic Surgeon, specialising in microsurgery and breast reconstruction for women affected by cancer. Elena has travelled widely to discover the most pioneering treatment for her patients, and she has been recognised for her own contribution to the fields of plastic and cosmetic surgery. Elena is renowned for her approachability and her empathetic approach. She always puts her patients at ease, and it is her mission not just to operate on her patients’ bodies but also to help them rediscover their confidence and self-esteem. Elena is renowned for the artistry of her work, and she will achieve the best aesthetic result after the removal of your implant. Elena now has several successful private clinics in the UK offering the highest level of expertise and aftercare available. Please see the testimonials tab above to see comments from some of Elena’s delighted patients.

What Will My Pre-surgery Preparations Involve?

Elena will have two in-depth consultations with you before your implant removal surgery. She always makes sure that her patients have all the information they need about the procedure and that she understands their expectations. She will carefully examine your breast to assess the condition of the implants to be removed and advise you if there are any issues that could make surgery complicated. Elena and her team will also take a complete health history from you and conduct a health assessment to ensure that you are fit and healthy enough to undergo the procedure. You will be asked to refrain from eating for six hours before surgery on the day of your procedure. When you come to the clinic, you will be introduced to your anaesthetist, who will discuss the type of anaesthetic to be used. There is no need to feel anxious before surgery as you are in expert hands, but we understand that some patients are nervous, and we can give you medication to make you feel calmer if you would like.

How Long Will It Take To Recover From Breast Implant Removal?

It is normal to feel stiff and sore for a few days after surgery. Painkillers are available if required. It is essential to rest for a few days after surgery to allow your body to heal, and it would be beneficial to schedule time off work. Elena will tell you when you can resume your normal activities at your follow-up appointment after one month.

What Aftercare Is Provided At The Elena Prousskaia Clinic?

The period after your surgery is crucial to your recovery, and the team will ensure that you know exactly how to care for your breasts before you leave the clinic. Any medications, pain killers, or antibiotics to avoid infection will be provided with clear instructions on their use. You will be invited to follow-up appointments for up to a year after surgery to check your progress.

What Are The Risks Of Breast Implant Removal?

All surgical procedures carry the risk of bleeding, infection, bruising, and scarring. However, in Ms Prousskaia’s expert hands and with the clinic’s excellent aftercare, these risks are much reduced.

Is Breast Implant Removal Surgery Painful?

There will be some discomfort as there is after all surgical procedures. However, most of our patients find that their pain is well managed by pain killers.

Can Breast Implant Removal Be Conducted At The Same Time As Other Procedures?

Some women choose to have their original implants removed and new implants inserted simultaneously. Elena only uses the highest quality implants that will not cause the problems encountered with inferior products. Decisions about other cosmetic procedures can be discussed thoroughly with Elena during your initial consultations when she can advise you on achieving the appearance that will make you happy.

How Much Does It Cost To Remove Breast Implants?

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Can I smoke or vape before my surgery?

Elena does not operate on patients that regularly smoke or vape. To be considered for this procedure you must refrain from smoking or vaping for 3 months before and after your surgery.

Treatment Cost

The total cost of the surgery will be confirmed after the first consultation.

The cost includes the hospital, surgeon and anaesthetic fees. It also covers all post-operative visits. The initial consultation fee will be invoiced separately. The prices apply only at the time of publication and are subject to changes without notification.

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Treatment At A Glance

Surgical Time 2.5 - 3.5 hours
Hospital Stay Over night hospital stay
Initial Recovery Time 4 - 8 weeks
Anaesthetic General anaesthetic
Final Result 6 - 12 months
Follow Up 1, 4, 12 weeks & 1 year
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Elena was recommended to me and as soon as I met her I felt entirely comfortable. Her explanations made sense in terms of expectations. Having made the big decision I did feel nervous but had absolute trust and confidence in Elena. I knew I was in the best hands. Elena's team is so supportive, my questions were answered with patience and understanding. My care at the McIndoe Centre was excellent. I am five weeks post op for abdominoplasty and liposuction and last week. Quite amazing to see the before and after pictures! I am so pleased that I was fortunate enough to meet Elena and have no hesitation in recommending her.

SM – Abdominoplasty & Liposuction

I have been both physically and mentally uncomfortable in my body since I was 12. I was born with ‘breast mutation’ and I first had surgery to correct this through the NHS at 16 years old. The surgery I have had with Elena, 17 years later, has removed the NHS implants, one of which had ruptured, and completely altered the shape of my chest. By doing this she has made me look and feel like a woman for the first time in my life. She is at all times quietly kind and fiercely adept. A true artist. She has surrounded herself with the most wonderful team and I cannot thank them all enough for the new lease of life that I have been given.

EG – Removal & Replacement of Implants

I have been self conscious for the whole of my adult life and I cannot express how much this surgery  has changed things for me. Both mentally and physically. I highly recommend Elena. She supported me throughout my journey from start to finish. Elena is very particular which for me is really important. Elena really took care of me from initial consultation right through to surgery and aftercare.My scaring is minimal and I am absolutely over the moon with my results. Thank you Elena!

JB – Breast Reduction

Elena is an OUTSTANDING surgeon. I had PIP implants and was looking to have them changed. I knew Elena was the surgeon to help, she put me at ease and explained my options. The lovely ladies in her office were helpful, I wanted to get sorted asap, when an alternative date was available contacted me straight away. I received outstanding care from start to finish from Elena, her team and the hospital. The aftercare is amazing, nothing is too much trouble, can call any time. I was so relaxed, I knew I was in great hands. The final results are fantastic. Elena has worked magic and I couldn’t be happier. I’m so glad I found her. I can’t thank her and her team enough.

LMS – implant Removal & Replacement

Had surgery with Elena in September, I was extremely anxious about the whole thing, but Elena and her whole team, from admin to the hospital staff were amazing with me and reassured me throughout my journey. I can not recommend Elena enough, and she has changed my life for the better! Already saving for my next operation with her!

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