Clients who suffered from breast complications like capsular contracture, double bubble or ruptured implants are required to send ultrasound or CT scan report for evaluation. Your current implants will sit either directly under the breast tissue or deeper behind the breast muscle. The surgeon will remove the damage implants through incisions made underneath your breasts or around the areola. Following the procedure, you will be taken from the operating theatre into the Recovery Room where you will be looked after until you are fully awake following the anaesthetic. After this, you will return to your room, where nursing staff will check your dressings and monitor your pulse and blood pressure at regular intervals.
The surgeons recommend a one night hospital admission
Duration of Operation
The procedure may take one to two hours.
Removal of Breast Implants is done using General anaesthesia in which the patient is asleep for the surgery.
Pre Operative Care
To avoid post operation bleeding, patients must do the following prior to surgery:
• Inform the surgeon of any allergies, all medical conditions, and any medication that you are taking (both prescription and non-prescription).
• Avoid aspirin and blood thinning medication such as brufen for two weeks
• Avoid smoking for 2 weeks as this may affect reaction to the anaesthetic and prolong the healing process.
• Inform the surgeon if suffering from hypertension.
Post Operative Care
After Breast Implants Removal, the patient may experience some pain associated with the surgery. When the procedure is completed, a patient is advised of the following:
• Bandage and support garment. The patient breast will be wrapped in elastic bandages, gauze dressings and a surgical bra. A couple of days after surgery the pressure bandages will be removed. The surgical bra must be worn at all times for several weeks until the swelling and bruising subside, or until your surgeon advises you otherwise. You should only remove the surgical bra to bathe and to wash the garment.
• Swelling and bruising. Following breast implant removal you are likely to have some discomfort, swelling, bruising, hardness and pain/twinges in the breasts. These are temporary and should subside after the first few weeks. It may take several months for the shape of your breast to settle.
• Stitches and Wound Care. Most of the surgeons use non-dissolvable sutures which will be taken out after a week. If the breast skin is very dry following surgery, a moisturizer can be applied several times a day. Vitamin E cream is extremely effective and also helps the scarring to heal, however, the suture area must be kept dry at all times, particularly after bathing. They may be red for months, and then slowly become fainter, eventually fading to thin white lines. The surgeon will try to ensure that your incisions as subtle as possible, however, the patients are advised that the scars are extensive and permanent.
• Heavy lifting and strenuous exercise. You must avoid strenuous exercise, heavy lifting, swimming and vacuuming for four to six weeks after surgery. At your post-operative follow-up appointment, your surgeon will assess your progress and give advice on when you can resume your normal activities.
• Recovery. Recuperation usually takes about two weeks. Most people are back to work after three weeks.
Risks and Complications
Risks are inherent to any surgical procedure. But do not worry, all precautions are taken by Plastic Surgery Phuket’s surgeons to avoid these risks.
Here are the most common risks of this surgery:
• The occurrence of an infection
• More scarring than was previously present
• Loose skin
• The breast may become more saggy and droopy in appearance
• Lost of nipples sensation
• Emotional problems due to disbelief of your new, smaller breast size