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Breast implants may need to be removed for a number of reasons. Whether there has been a change of personal aesthetic, a desire for more or less augmentation, issues with the implants or another reason, breast implant removal is an important procedure for many women.

Breast implant removal (also called breast explant surgery) is a surgical procedure to remove breast implants. This may be done to revise the size, shape or type of implants. In some cases, it is done to remove the implants and leave the breast without new implants. Some who choose this option prefer to have a fat transfer done to provide more volume.

Why receive breast explant surgery?

Beyond aesthetic concerns or changes in preference that may have arisen, there are a number of complications that can require breast implant removal.

Implant rupture or folding

When saline implants are not filled properly by another surgeon, it may cause the edge of the implants to wrinkle or pull, which creates ripples. These ripples may then be visible on the breast skin.

Implant deflation

When a saline implant ruptures, the saline leaks out, deflating the implant and causing the breasts to be asymmetrical.

Infection or dead tissue buildup

In this case, a bacterial infection develops in the tissue around a breast implant. Symptoms of an infection can include a high fever and breast pain, redness, and swelling.

Silicone leakage

When a silicone implant ruptures, you may experience a change in breast size or shape along with increasing pain, firmness, and swelling.

Capsular contracture

Capsular contracture is the thickening or tightening of the capsule (the tissue that your body forms around the implant or any foreign object in the body). If your implant feels hard, that may be because of an infection in the capsule.

Shifted implants

After pregnancy or for other reasons, the implants may shift on the chest wall. This causes the breasts to look or feel different from left to right, be asymmetrical, or show your nipples out of the top of a bra or bikini.

Breast explant procedures with Dr. Kahng

Dr. Kahng may perform different breast implant removal surgery techniques. This will depend on your current implant issues or concerns and on your vision and desire for the final appearance of your breasts.

Breast explant with replacement implants or fat transfer

Dr. Kahng will remove the original implants. Your new implants will then be inserted. These new implants may be a different type, size, shape or consistency.

If you have chosen to go without implants, but you would like to enhance the size and volume of your breasts, Dr. Khan will perform a fat transfer. He will remove fat tissue from a predetermined part of your body that has excess fat. This fat will be purified and then injected into your breasts.

Breast explant with breast lift

A lift is usually needed after breast implant removal. Once the breast explant is complete, Dr. Kahng will remove stretched, sagging or excess skin from the breasts. This lifts and reshapes the breasts.

Breast explant with capsulectomy (for capsular contracture)

Breast explant surgery is done to remove the infected capsule (the growth of tissue that forms around any foreign object in the body, such as your breast implants.)

Dr. Kahng will make incisions in the same places that were made in your original implant surgery. He may simply remove the capsule tissue, or he may remove the capsule tissue and the implant as well.

Breast explant without a lift, implant or fat transfer

During the simple breast implant removal, Dr. Kahng removes the implants without inserting new ones or performing any other type of procedure.

Who is a candidate for breast explant surgery?

Those who meet the following criteria may be good candidates for breast implant removal (breast explant surgery).

  • You are in general good health
  • You are a nonsmoker
  • You are at a stable weight
  • You don’t like the look of your implants
  • You are experiencing discomfort or pain
  • You feel your breasts are too heavy
  • Your implants have shifted
  • You feel your breast scar tissue is getting harder or tighter
  • Your breast or breasts have hardened
  • You have experienced a rupture or leak of implants
  • You have realistic expectations of what this surgery can do for you
  • Your breast or breasts are hardening
  • You are experiencing pain in the breasts
  • You no longer want implants or you would like a different size, shape or type of implants

Potential Risks

  • Changes in nipple or breast sensation, which may be temporary or permanent
  • Numbness of the lower breast area
  • Bleeding, blood clots, poor wound healing or infection
  • Irregularities in breast contour and shape
  • Scarring, skin discoloration, permanent pigmentation changes, swelling and bruising
  • Breast asymmetry
  • Fluid accumulation
  • Excessive firmness of the breast or breasts
  • Potential inability to breastfeed
  • Potential, partial or total loss of nipple and areola
  • Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications
  • Persistent pain
  • Fat necrosis
  • Possibility of revision surgery

Why choose Dr. Kahng for breast implant removal?

Whether there is a medical concern or a change in the aesthetic preference of a patient, this is an important procedure for any woman. Dr. David Kahng is a highly-accomplished breast surgeon who takes the time to help his patients understand all of their options and feel fully prepared for their breast explant surgery.

Dr. Kahng is at the top of his field and is known for excellence and outstanding abilities in breast enhancement. He is a surgeon women trust with their feminine appearance. His long experience, accomplished credentials and understanding patient care have caused patient after satisfied patient to highly recommend him. Call for a consultation about breast implant removal surgery today.


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