Breast Implant Removal in San Diego, CA
Following Breast Augmentation, some patients may wish to remove or exchange their breast later in life. Pollack Plastic Surgery, conveniently located in the Hillcrest area of San Diego, provides breast implant removal and exchange for residents of La Jolla, Alpine, and nearby communities in California who wish to revise the results of previous breast augmentation procedures.
Why consider Breast Implant Removal?
There are many reasons you may wish to exchange or remove breast implants after a breast augmentation procedure, such as changes caused by age or weight fluctuations that may affect the results of your original procedure. Pregnancy, menopause and other hormonal changes may also affect these results over time, causing patients to consider revision surgery. In some rare cases, the implants may shift, rupture, or cause such problems as capsular contracture, making the breasts feel hard, requiring implant removal or replacement. Other patients may wish to exchange saline for silicone implants or vice versa. Still, others choose breast implant removal to alter the size or shape of their breasts with different size or shape implants, while some may decide to have implants removed altogether.
How should I prepare for Breast Implant Removal?
During your initial consultation, we will inform you on how to best prepare for implant removal surgery, and you may ask any questions you have about the procedure. Our doctor will evaluate your medical history as well as your condition and any medications you may be taking. You may be required to suspend certain medications for a period of time prior to surgery.
What happens during Breast Implant Removal?
Implant removal is a simple surgery normally performed under general anesthesia and lasting under two hours. Additional time will be necessary if procedures such as a breast lift are also performed during the same session. Breast implant removal is usually performed using the same incisions created during the original breast augmentation procedure to minimize scarring.
Breast Implant Removal Recovery
Plan to have someone drive you home after surgery and provide basic care at home to allow you to rest for at least two full days with no physical activity. You may experience some tenderness and swelling around the incision, but any discomfort may be relieved with pain medication. To optimize the healing process, you must also wear a compressive bra with adjustable straps to support the tender breast tissue, protect the area from impact, and help the body adjust to its new contour. We recommend you wear this supportive garment and avoid strenuous physical activity for a period of three to four weeks. If your job requires movement of the upper body, lifting, or strenuous physical activity, we recommend that you rest for at least two full weeks before returning to work.
How much does Breast Implant Removal cost in San Diego?
Because breast augmentation and breast implant removal are considered elective surgeries, they are not typically covered by health insurance. In addition to accepting cash, checks, and all major credit cards, our office also helps patients manage the costs of procedures by providing easy financing options.
If you live in San Diego, La Jolla, Alpine, or neighboring areas of Southern California, and want to revise previous breast augmentation surgery through breast implant removal or exchange, contact Pollack Plastic Surgery, conveniently located in the Hillcrest area of San Diego, to schedule a free initial consultation today.