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Breast Implant Removal

Breast Implant Removal

Pregnancy, weight loss, hormones, and age can cause any woman’s body to undergo significant changes, but these same changes may cause women with breast implants to feel like their breasts no longer accentuate their figure. Exchange or complete removal of breast implants is a viable solution for women who are no longer satisfied with their breast augmentation. This surgery is also performed and sometimes mandatory when an implant ruptures or causes related health concerns. Birmingham Plastic Surgery, led by board-certified plastic surgeon Ahmet R. Karaca, M.D., provides breast implant removal or exchange for women who live in and around Detroit, Farmington Hills and the surrounding communities of Michigan who find that their original implants no longer fit their lifestyle or physique.

What is Breast Implant Removal?

Patients who previously underwent breast augmentation may choose to undergo removal to:

  • Exchange silicone implants for saline implants or vice versa
  • Increase or decrease the size of their implants
  • Revert back to their natural breasts

Over time, there are a variety of personal reasons a woman may opt to remove or exchange her breast implants, but medical concerns, such as infection, trauma or surgical complications, are another reason some women must undergo the procedure.

Benefits of Breast Implant Removal

Cosmetic dissatisfaction is always a possible outcome with breast augmentation, but some patients may become increasingly unhappy with their implants over time. As a plastic surgeon who routinely performs breast implant surgeries, Dr. Karaca understands and advises patients that even under the most favorable circumstances, a patient may become unhappy with her implants. Dr. Karaca offers women peace of mind with the option to remove their implants and return their breasts to their original state or exchange their implants to suit their desired expectations.

Good Candidates for Breast Implant Removal

Gravity, age, and/or hormonal changes may cause a woman’s breasts to change in shape, volume or symmetry following a breast augmentation. The ideal candidate for breast implant removal may suffer from any combination of the following issues:

  • The implants displace below the breast fold or “bottoms out”
  • The implants shift over time
  • Malposition or displacement of the nipple
  • The implants slide closer to each other and form a “uniboob” or symmastia
  • Stretching in the lower portion of the breast
  • The implants rupture or leak
  • Capsule contracture causes the implants to harden
  • An infection at the implant site
  • Ptosis or severe sagging or drooping of the breasts
  • Rippling or wrinkling of the breast implants

What Happens During Breast Implant Removal?

During the removal procedure, Dr. Karaca extracts the implants from the breast pocket through the same incisions made during the breast augmentation surgery and then closes the incision. After being in place for a number of years, breast implants can alter the internal structure of the breast tissue, leading to problems, such as sagging and excess skin, once the implants are removed. If your breasts exhibit these problems, Dr. Karaca can correct it with a subsequent re-implantation or a breast lift procedure at the time of the removal surgery.

Dr. Karaca takes a custom approach to revision surgery and corrective breast augmentation because he understands that each breast implant removal or exchange procedure is unique. Patients often seek revision surgery to correct capsular contracture, ruptured implants, implant migration and other problems that occur with breast implants. Whether you’re experiencing health complications due to your implants or you’ve decided that breast implants are no longer for you, Dr. Karaca can address your concerns with a personalized solution that meets your individual goals.

Recovery after Breast Implant Removal

Following breast implant removal, patients should expect a recovery process that’s similar to their breast augmentation. Patients typically return to work within a week and resume more strenuous activities after about three weeks. Patients who have their implants repositioned under the pectoral muscle or undergo more complex revision surgeries may require a longer recovery period.

What Problems Can Breast Implant Removal Address?

Breast implant removal and other types of breast revision procedures can correct a variety of implant-related concerns, including capsular contracture, implant rupture, and visible rippling.

What Is Capsular Contracture?

Capsular contracture is one of the most common breast augmentation complications. The condition occurs when the capsule around the implant thickens and tightens, making the space around the implant smaller. The capsule can become so small that the implant distorts and hardens. The cause of capsular contracture varies from patient to patient, but inflammation of the breast tissue around the implant is the largest contributing factor.


If your implants are causing you pain, medical complications or general unhappiness about the appearance of your breasts, Dr. Karaca offers breast implant removal and other revision procedures to address these problems. We welcome and treat patients from Detroit, Farmington Hills and the surrounding communities of Michigan. Contact us today.