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Breast Implant Removal In Beverly Hills, CA

Every surgery comes with risks, and some women may necessitate breast implant removal if they experience complications following a breast augmentation procedure. Breast Implant removal (also known as “explantation”), is the surgical excavation of implants from the breast pocket to correct adverse effects from a previous breast augmentation.

If you are concerned about breast ptosis (sagging) after your implants have been removed,

you may want to consider pairing your breast implant removal with breast lift surgery. During your consultation, Dr. Linder will evaluate your condition and anatomical needs to determine the best approach to deliver the results you desire.

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Reasons to Consider breast Implant Removal


Most of the adverse effects that develop after breast augmentation are unpredictable. Some of the complications that can be corrected with breast implant removal include:

  • Capsular contracture
  • Implant rupture
  • Implant malposition
  • Calcification
  • BIA-ALCL Textured Implants


Sometimes, overly large and heavy breast implants can cause physical discomfort. Women may opt for breast implant removal if they experience the following concerns after breast augmentation:

  • Back and neck pain
  • Deep grooves in the shoulders
  • Pain during mammograms

Preference Changes

Another reason women consider breast implant removal is a change in personal preference. Some of the aesthetic reasons women choose to undergo breast implant removal are:

  • Disproportionate breast size
  • Breast ptosis (sagging)
  • Weight gain
  • A desire for natural breasts

breast Implant Removal Process


breast Implant removal is performed in a series of steps:

  • Incision: Dr. Linder creates an inframammary incision along the breast crease. The implant can be removed intact, or it may need to be punctured before removal. An antibiotic solution is used to irrigate the breast pocket after breast implant removal.
  • Scar Tissue Capsule: If there are no complications involving the scar tissue that formed around the implant, the implant can be removed and the capsule can be left alone. If the scar tissue needs to be softened, surgical cutting can loosen the tension utilizing a technique known as open capsulectomy. In cases of implant rupture or calcification, the capsule may need to be removed completely (capsulectomy). A more complex option for removing breast implants is an en bloc capsulectomy, in which the implants and scar capsule are removed intact (in one piece).
  • Drainage Tube: Dr. Linder places a drainage tube (7 mm Jackson-Pratt drain) through the inframammary incision to collect any excess fluid that accumulates beneath the skin. He then closes the incision around the tube and places dressings on the breasts.

Combining With Breast Lift

During your consultation, Dr. Linder will examine the elasticity of your breasts to determine whether it would be beneficial to combine your breast implant removal with breast lift surgery. If there is significant skin laxity with the nipple more than 3 cm below the breast fold, he will likely recommend a breast lift procedure. Dr. Linder uses an inferior pedicle (Wise-pattern) technique to remove excess tissue and lift the breasts, which involves an anchor incision (around the nipple, vertically down the middle of the breast, and horizontally along the breast crease).


At International Advanced Surgery Center, breast implant removal procedures are performed under general anesthesia with board-certified anesthesiologist. Typically, laryngeal mask airways are used, but endotracheal tube intubation is the most appropriate approach for patients with a history of reflux or gastroesophageal disease.

Surgery Time Table

Preoperative: An intravenous antibiotic is administered.

Surgery: A standard breast implant removal procedure takes about 60 minutes.

Recovery Room: Federal law dictates that all patients must be observed in the recovery room for at least 1 hour after surgery.

After Surgery: Patients can go home after the observation period. Bias wrap and gauze are placed and should be worn during the initial 24 hours of recovery. Antibiotics and pain medication are prescribed.

Postoperative Visit: Dressings are removed, and a special bra is placed. The Dr. LinderBra™ uses a double clip zip mechanism, which allows easy placement with new gauze. It costs $49.95.

Day 7 Follow Up: Drains are usually removed at this time.

Days 8 to 14: Changing the gauze will then occur twice a day for the next 7 days. Patients will do this at home.

Day 14 Follow Up: Sutures are removed. However, if there is severe scabbing, patients may have to wait 5 more days to have the sutures removed.

Days 14 to 21: Patients can engage in light activities and wet their incisions while showering.

Why Choose Dr. Linder

Dr. Stuart A. Linder - Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon

Stuart A. Linder, M.D., is a board-certified plastic surgeon located in Beverly Hills, CA. He has over 20 years of experience performing body contouring procedures such as breast augmentation, breast revision, Mommy Makeover surgery, and tummy tuck surgery. Dr. Linder prides himself on educating his patients throughout the process, beginning with the consultation and extending all the way to the last follow-up appointment. Patients from all over the world come to Beverly Hills to see Dr. Linder and have him perform their body contouring procedures. With his knowledge from having placed over 14,000 breast implants, and authored The Beverly Hills Shape, Dr. Linder continues to contribute to discussions on plastic surgery via various media outlets.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is Dr. Linder board certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery?

    Yes. There are absolutely no substitutes.

  • Can I have my implants removed if I am a smoker?

    It is not recommended for smokers to undergo any surgery because tobacco can cause complications, such as bleeding and poor healing. Patients are advised to quit smoking at least two weeks before and after breast implant removal to ensure the best outcome.

  • Will the capsules need to be removed as well?

    Both the implant and scar tissue capsule will need to be removed if there are complications with the breast implant healing process.

  • Which textured implants are being recalled due to BIA-ALCL?

    Allergan BIOCELL textured breast Implant products, including: Natrelle Saline-Filled breast implants, Natrelle Silicone-Filled breast implants, Natrelle Inspira Silicone-Filled breast implants, and Natrelle 410 Highly Cohesive Anatomically Shaped Silicone-Filled breast implants.

  • What is a total capsulectomy?

    A total capsulectomy means removing the entire capsule; however, it is not necessarily removed in one piece.

  • How much does breast implant removal cost?

    The cost of breast implant removal surgery depends on various factors, including surgeon’s fee, operating room fees, and anesthesia fees. You will be given a price that reflects your unique procedure during your consultation.

  • What types of medications will I be given after my breast augmentation?

    The types of prescribed medications vary. Patients are given one of two antibiotics: Ciprofloxacin or Keflex (not recommended for patients with penicillin allergies). To manage pain, Dr. Linder may prescribe Norco or Vicodin. Zofran may be prescribed for nausea and vomiting.

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