Breast Implant Removal (Explantation) Surgery

Breast Implant Removal (Explantation) Surgery

Over years some women with breast implants may wish to have them removed and subsequently reduced in size. There are several surgical options to consider in this process. They are listed below and can be discussed upon consultation with Dr Miroshnik.

Breast Implant Removal Options

Remove & Replace old implants with new implants


siltex-gel-family-plus-ultraIt is recommended by most manufacturers that breast implants are replaced around the 10-15 year mark. Depending on the individual’s circumstances, this is often a great opportunity to adjust size and shape requirements particularly if there have been shape changes that are needing to be addressed.

Just like all technology, breast implants continue to evolve with time, which is why it is important to know that they are not lifetime devices.

More information about revisional surgery can be obtained here.

Remove implants alone


It is possible to remove implants alone and restore the breast back to its natural form at any time. The passage of time itself, under the influence of the weight of the implants, must however be considered when contemplating the result of such an operation. This procedure can be combined with a capsulectomy, where the scar capsule surrounding the implant is also removed. It can also be combined with fat grafting if some extra volume is required using the body’s own fat.

Remove implants & mastopexy +/- fat grafting


In those wishing to downsize by removing their old implants after many years who have noticed their breasts change in shape/droop over time, the best choice may often be to accompany the explantation with a simultaneous mastopexy (breast reshaping/lifting) procedure. The type of mastopexy required would heavily depend on the volume of extra skin that is needing to be removed.

In this combined procedure, Dr Miroshnik, removes the old implants and their capsules as well as lifts, rejuvenates and reshapes the remaining native breast tissue. This is often combined with fat grafting and internal bra support.

Dr. Michael Miroshnik
Suite 701, Level 7, 28 Spring Street, Bondi Junction, NSW, 2022.
02 9389 8108