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    Breast Implant Removal

    shutterstock 143274568 265x300 - Breast Implant RemovalWhen a woman decides to undergo breast enhancement plastic surgery, chances are that she would not contemplate that one day the breast implants might need to be removed. 

    But many women who have breast implants may later decide to have them removed. A breast cancer diagnosis, lifestyle changes, or experiencing complications such as capsular contraction can be some reasons for seeking breast implant removal. 

    Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery, led by board certified plastic surgeons Dr. Burton M. Sundin and Dr. Reps B. Sundin, provides breast implant removal to patients in Richmond, Fredericksburg, Tysons Corner, Northern Virginia, Washington DC, and surrounding communities.


    What is Breast Implant Removal?

    Breast implant removal surgery refers to a procedure that reverses breast augmentation. It involves the removal of breast implants or revision of their shape and size. 

    Many women who have undergone breast implant surgery will, at some point, require another breast implant revision procedure. These procedures include the following:

    • Implant removal and replacement with new implants
    • Repositioning the existing implants
    • Removing the implants without replacement

    If a patient has had complications with her breast implants (including capsular contracture or infection), the plastic surgeon may recommend the removal of the breast implants. 


    Who is Breast Implant Removal Surgery for?

    Women commonly choose to have their breast implants removed for the following reasons:

    • Implant complications: Complications associated with breast implants include implant folding, rupture, or deflation (if the implants contain saline).
    • Personal choice: Certain women may feel that their breast implants are the wrong size or shape. The implants may have moved from the original position over time due to weight gain, weight loss, or pregnancies. 
    • Other complications: Tension bands asymmetry, capsular contracture, displacement, leakage of silicone, and infection.


    What happens during Breast Implant Removal Surgery?

    Breast implant removal surgery is undertaken using general anesthesia and typically takes between one and three hours to complete. Depending on her recovery, the patient may be able to return home on the day of the procedure itself. 

    The three most commonly used breast removal surgery techniques are as follows:


    Breast Implant Removal Only

    The surgeon will place incisions in the same area as where the incisions were made for the initial breast surgery. If the patient is suffering from capsular contracture, they will remove the hardened capsules to expedite the recovery process. 


    Breast Implant Removal with a Breast Lift

    The plastic surgeon may undertake a breast lift simultaneously with the breast implant removal if the breast skin has been stretched or sags. They will excise any excess breast skin and tighten the breast tissue for more robust support. Sometimes the breast surgeon may also re-size the areolas to fit the patient’s new breast shape better.



    In case the breast implants are saline, the plastic surgeon may decide to deflate them without performing a surgery. The deflation can be performed in-office under local anesthesia. Depending on the outcomes of this deflation, the patient may require further surgery, including a breast implant replacement surgery or a breast lift. 


    What is Recovery like after Breast Implant Removal Surgery?

    A majority of women are able to resume work in five days and report experiencing minimal discomfort following the procedure. In case the patient has had breast implants removed due to capsular contracture, they will experience more discomfort and a longer recovery period. 

    Plastic surgeons at VIPS receive patients from Richmond, Fredericksburg, Tysons Corner, Northern Virginia, Washington DC, and nearby areas for breast implant removal.

    For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeons Dr. Reps Sundin and Dr. Burton Sundin at the Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery and M Body Contouring and Laser Centerplease visit:

    Serving Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Fairfax, Loudoun County, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Fredricksburg, Chevy Chase, Potomac, Maryland Richmond, VA and surrounding communities.

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