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