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Whether a woman is unhappy with her implants due to discomfort or illness, or she has decided to pursue a different aesthetic appearance, breast explant surgery can provide significant relief and peace of mind. Dr. Barker’s extensive experience and surgical skill ensure elegant final results that are perfectly tailored to each patient’s unique goals and wishes.

Why Choose Peak Plastic Surgery Center?

At Peak Plastic Surgery Center, every member of our caring team goes the extra mile to ensure patient safety, success, and satisfaction. From our luxury office suites and spacious, technologically advanced operating rooms to the artistry of our Fellowship-trained Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons Dr. Eric Barker and Dr. Garrett Locketz, Peak stands as a sought-after destination for discerning clients in and beyond the Denver, CO area. Each treatment plan is carefully curated with the patient’s lifestyle, wishes, comfort levels, and aesthetic sensibilities in mind.

What Is Breast Implant Removal/Exchange?

After undergoing breast augmentation to improve the size and shape of the breasts, some women may decide to have their implants removed or exchanged for a variety of reasons. These may include certain complications such as rippling, rupture, capsular contracture, or a simple change in cosmetic taste. At Peak Plastic Surgery Center in Denver, CO, Dr. Barker will meet with you to discuss a customized treatment plan to ensure your goals are met. 

If the goal is to remove the implants without replacing them, a breast lift and/or fat grafting can be performed to ensure the breasts remain aesthetically pleasing. Alternatively, a breast implant exchange may be ideal for patients who would like to achieve different results or whose current implants have been damaged in some way. Dr. Barker has years of experience performing breast explant surgery and can restore your figure as well as your self-confidence.

When Should Breast Implants Be Replaced?

The majority of saline and silicone breast implants are FDA-approved to last approximately 10 years. This doesn’t mean that you will have to get your implants replaced, however. Many patients can retain their breast implants past this time frame. In general, most patients will only need one or two breast implant replacements during their lifetime.

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How Do I Know If My Breast Implants Need To Be Replaced?

Some signs and symptoms that you may need your breast implants replaced include:

  • Asymmetry in the breasts
  • Implant firmness
  • Deflated implants
  • Pain, discomfort, or loss of sensation
  • Abnormal implant shape
  • Breast tenderness
  • The implant sits too high or low

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How Is Breast Implant Removal/Exchange Performed?

For breast implant exchange surgery, you will be given general anesthesia at an accredited surgical center with highly trained anesthesiologists. Dr. Barker will decide beforehand with you during your initial consultation which incision pattern and implant type will be used to replace your original implants. There are numerous ways to perform a breast implant exchange, so it is imperative that you choose a highly trained plastic surgeon who specializes in breast surgery, like Dr. Barker.  

In the case of breast implant removal, you will also undergo general anesthesia. Numerous surgical options are available for this procedure to ensure your breasts are restored to an aesthetically pleasing position and shape. After removal of the original implants, you may require a breast lift, fat transfer, or both. Dr. Barker will discuss all of your concerns and goals at your consultation to ensure you have the best outcome and achieve your desired results.

What Can I Expect After Breast Explant in Denver?

Recovery is different for each patient, and Dr. Barker will provide in-depth, individualized aftercare instructions to ensure your healing is seamless and stress-free. Most patients can expect to resume jobs that do not require strenuous physical activity within a week. A full return to exercise can often take up to 4-6 weeks. 

Immediately following surgery, you will need an adult to drive you home and assist you for the first 24 hours or so. Bruising, swelling, and tenderness can be managed with pain medications provided by Dr. Barker. Sutures used to close the incisions are dissolvable, and drains (if needed) are usually removed within 3-7 days after surgery.

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Will I need a breast lift after breast implant removal?

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Will I need a breast lift after breast implant removal?

For patients who are not planning on replacing their breast implants after removal, a breast lift may be necessary to maintain an aesthetically appealing shape, size, and look. During your consultation, Dr. Barker will talk to you about what options are best to achieve your aesthetic goals.

Are you asleep during breast implant removal surgery?

Yes, you are. Breast implant removal/replacement surgery is performed under general anesthesia.

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