Breast Implant Removal
While many patients are happy with the results of breast augmentation, some may decide to have their breast implants removed for a variety of reasons. If you have suffered an implant rupture or decide that implants are not right for you, Dr. Benjamin Boudreaux and Dr. Jeffrey Claiborne in New Orleans, LA, can provide breast implant removal at a surgical center accredited through the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc.
Reasons for Breast Implant Removal
There are several reasons why some women choose to have their breast implants removed. For example, age-related changes or fluctuation in weight can sometimes affect the appearance of the breasts in ways that women wish to change. In other cases, patients may simply wish to return to their natural shape and form. In other cases, conditions such as shifting, rupture, or capsular contracture may require breast implant removal. Treatment can be customized to either remove the implant or replace it with an implant that meets the patient's goals or needs.
How to Prepare for Breast Implant Removal
Each patient is unique. Therefore, you may require specific preparations before your breast implant removal is performed. For example, some women may need to discontinue or suspend certain medications for a few days or weeks before the procedure. During your initial consultation, your medical history will be discussed in detail, and any necessary steps will be outlined. You will also be able to ask Dr. Boudreaux and Dr. Claiborne any questions or address any concerns. Because we want our patients to feel comfortable with their decision, we spend all the time needed to make sure all aspects of the procedure are understood.
Treatment can be customized to either remove the implant or replace it with an implant that meets the patient's goals or needs.
If breast implant removal is performed due to medical necessity, insurance providers may cover a portion of the procedure. However, if your insurance policy will not contribute to the cost, speak with a member of our team. We can work with you to create a financing plan that will fit your budget.
Following your procedure, a friend or family member will need to drive you home. They should be able to stay with you for the first 24 hours to provide basic care. It is important to rest for at least 48 hours and limit physical activity to necessary walking around the house.
When your breast implant removal is complete, you will wear a compression bra with adjustable straps. This will protect the surgical area, support the tender tissues, and aid the body in healing. As with any surgical procedure, you will probably experience some degree of tenderness and discomfort. However, this can be managed with prescription medications and anti-inflammatories. We also recommend avoiding strenuous exercise and heavy lifting for at least three weeks. Most patients find they can comfortably return to work after about a week. However, if your job requires excessive movement or exertion, Dr. Boudreaux and Dr. Claiborne will determine when you can safely return to work.
Learn More about Breast Implant Removal
If you are considering breast implant removal, schedule a consultation with Dr. Boudreaux or Dr. Claiborne today. Call us at (985) 237-6050 or contact us online anytime.