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There may come a time when a patient begins to feel unhappy with her breast implants after having undergone breast augmentation. Some patients experience changes to their body that can cause discomfort or medical issues to arise due to their implants. Others feel their implants no longer reflect who they are as a person.

Whatever your reasons may be, Dr. Knowling can provide you with physical and emotional relief by performing breast implant removal. Breast implant removal is a surgical procedure that removes and/or replaces your implants to produce a more natural-looking bust that is more in line with your aesthetic goals.

Am I a Good Candidate for Breast Implant Removal?

Patients interested in breast implant removal should be in good health and have realistic expectations for what the procedure can achieve. Dr. Knowling will also ask that you stop the use of cigarettes and other tobacco or nicotine products for at least two weeks before and after your surgery. During your consultation, Dr. Knowling will review your medical history, examine the condition of your breasts, and discuss your aesthetic goals with you. You may benefit from breast implant removal if you are experiencing one or more of the following concerns:

  • Capsular contracture
  • Implant rupture
  • Breast implant illness
  • “Double bubble”
  • Unsatisfying results from a previous surgery

What Does My Breast Implant Removal Procedure Entail?

Breast implant removal is performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia and typically takes one to two hours to complete, depending on the extent of correction needed.

During your procedure, the incision site from your previous breast augmentation will be used, if possible, to prevent additional scarring. The implants and any scar tissue that has formed around them are then carefully removed. Once the old implants are removed, Dr. Knowling will tighten the breast pocket and close the incision using sutures. If you need your implants removed or replaced due to a rupture or other complication, any silicone will be safely removed, and the breast pocket will be cleaned at the time of your surgery.

What Will My Recovery Be Like?

Following your breast implant removal, you will be asked to wear a compression garment for several weeks to support your breasts and minimize swelling. Swelling and bruising will occur but should resolve completely within a few weeks. Be sure to avoid any strenuous activities for at least a few weeks. Most patients will be able to return to work between two and four weeks after surgery unless instructed otherwise by Dr. Knowling.

What Results Can I Expect After My Breast Implant Removal?

You can expect long-lasting results that will restore your breasts to their natural state. You will also notice a boost in comfort and self-esteem.


Have additional questions about the Breast Implant Removal procedure? Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Knowling for further information.