• Breast Implant

Introduction

With modern science technology innovations, women are at liberty to have breast augmentation which is the use of breast implants to enlarge the shape or size of breast. This is usually a surgical procedure mostly performed for cosmetic purposes.

When you decide to have breast augmentation, it is unlikely you would ever think of removing the implants. However, due to physical complications such as capsular contracture, infection or a change of mind may compel that the implants be removed.

Breast augmentation is also considered when there is an indication of an infection or exposure of breast implant. Removal of the breast implant is done without immediately replacing it to give time and allow the body to heal.

Removal of the implant is also performed with expert technique administered by a practitioner to give women the chance to pursue a new path.

Candidacy for Breasts Implants Removal

  1. The desire to change one’s existing breast size, whether large or small.
  2. The original implants surgery didn’t meet the expected results.
  3. The need to switch to a different implant.
  4. Complications arising from the existing implants, such as capsular contracture rupture or leak.
  5. One no longer needs the implants.
Pre-Operation

The period before the surgery you should avoid, taking any of the following:

  • Aspirin or medications containing aspirin.
  • Ibuprofen and anti-inflammatory agents.
  • Vitamin E.
  • Garlic Supplements.
  • Green tea extracts.
  • Estrogen supplements .
  • Herbal Medications.
  • Practice doing a self breast massage.
  • Stop smoking and alcohol consumption 2 weeks before the operation.
  • Wax or shave your underarm.
  • Wear comfortable, clean, loose-fitting clothing on the operation date.
The Procedure

Under general anesthesia, the surgery involves making a small incision likely in the same location as the original site, but additional incisions maybe made along the crease of the breast to properly remove the implant.

If it’s replacing the implant, the doctor will insert the new implants and position them. Often, women receiving a breast implant removal opt for a breast lift. The incision is then closed.

The breast will keep that youthful, perky quality. However if something is needed, discuss with the doctor.

Post Operation

The following post operation activities should be followed:

  • Recline the head and chest slightly elevated above the lower body.
  • Use a cotton swab with peroxide for cleansing. Apply anti-bacterial ointment and a gauze pad on the wound.
  • Wear a support bra or the surgical garment.
  • Avoid stressful activities. Let others tend to you.
  • Do not lift your hands over your head.
  • Do not lift anything heavier than a paperback book.

Call the Doctor immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms;

  • High fever, (over 101º) severe nausea and vomiting, continued dizziness or incoherent behavior, such as hallucinations.
  • Pain is uncontrollable by pain medication.
  • Bright red skin that is hot to the touch.
  • Excessive bleeding or fluid seeping through the incisions.
  • Bruising localized to one breast or region of the chest. To alleviate any discomfort or reduce swelling, apply cool, not cold compresses to the treated area.

After 2nd to 7th day after the operation, continue cleansing wounds as directed; but only

  • Take a warm, not hot shower.
  • Do not take a bath.
  • Do not rub your incisions.
  • Apply a fragrance free moisturizer to breast and surrounding skin, not on the incisions.
  • Take antibiotic medications and supplements as directed with muscle relaxants only as needed.
  • Switch from prescriptive pain medication to acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
  • Wear support bra.
  • Do not resume any exercise, only walking every day to prevent blood clots. Only restart exercise in one month.
  • Maintain a healthy diet.
  • Do not smoke or consume alcohol.