En Bloc Breast Implant Removal
Breast augmentation with saline or silicone gel-filled implants is a popular cosmetic surgery procedure that has helped many thousands of women have fuller, lovelier breasts. Breast augmentation can balance the breasts with the silhouette, add symmetry, and enhance a woman’s femininity and self-confidence.
However, although they are designed to be durable, breast implants are not designed to last forever. Women may choose to have their implants replaced for a variety of reasons, including implant rupture or capsular contracture (shrinking and tightening of the scar tissue around the implant), or they may want to change the size, shape, type, or position of their implants. Some women simply choose to have them removed altogether.
En bloc breast implant removal is the preferred method of Dr. Albert Andres. Removing the implant, the capsule, and all extruded material as one allows for complete scar tissue and capsule removal. It also allows the breast tissue and muscle to return to their anatomical position and adhere to the chest wall.
A drain may be used to minimize fluid accumulation, promote adherence, and promote a capsule in the space where the implant was removed. The en bloc method of breast implant removal creates softer, suppler tissue with a better overall shape for more aesthetically pleasing results.
En Bloc Breast Implant Removal and Breast Lift
After women have breast implants for years, it is not unusual for the overlying tissue to atrophy, causing the breasts to begin to sag. Ptosis (sagging breasts) can also occur as a result of weight fluctuations, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and the process of aging.
When implants are removed, it diminishes the size and fullness of the breasts, which can lead to significant drooping and sagging. It may be necessary to perform a breast lift procedure to restore aesthetics, either at the same time as en bloc breast implant removal, or separately in another surgery, as a breast lift procedure could impact breast and nipple viability.
Dr. Albert Andres is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Scottsdale with extensive training in reconstructive and plastic surgery and aesthetic procedures of the breasts. He performs en bloc breast implant removal to treat pain, deformity, and issues with breast implants, and to help patients achieve their aesthetic body goals. If you have a ruptured implant, capsular contracture, or are simply unhappy with the shape or appearance of your breast implants, schedule a consultation with Dr. Andres to discuss en block breast implant removal and any related procedures.
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