Breast Implant Removal

What is breast implant removal?

The decision to have your breast implants removed is personal.

The most typical reasons for implant revision include capsular contracture, implant migration, asymmetry and changes to the breast tissue due to natural changes occurring with ageing, pregnancy, weight fluctuations and time. There is a small group who don’t co-exist comfortably with their implants, and it is not possible to predict who this might be before implant surgery.

The most common resolutions include

  1. Breast implant removal only – Incisions will be made in the original scar and the breast implants removed via this opening.  If you are suffering from capsular contracture, your surgeon will remove the hardened capsules to accelerate the healing process.
  2. Breast implant removal with a breast lift – Your Plastic Surgeon may perform a breast lift at the same time as your breast implant removal if your breast skin has been stretched or sagged.  Your surgeon will remove any excess breast skin and tighten your breast tissue to provide better support.  In some cases, your Plastic Surgeon may also re-size your areolas to fit your new breast shape better.
  3. Breast implant removal and autologous fat transfer – Fat can be transferred into the breast to help keep some of the volume lost from the removal of your breast implants.
  4. Deflation – If your breast implants are saline, your Plastic Surgeon may choose to deflate them without undergoing surgery and can occur in their office under local anaesthesia.  Depending on the results of this, you may need to have further surgery, including a breast lift or breast implant replacement surgery.

During the consultation, your surgeon will be able to talk you through what options are available to you to ensure you are clear about what the expected size and outcome will be from the explant

Is it right for me?

The decision to have any surgery should not be taken lightly as every time you undergo anaesthesia there is risk involved.  However, if you believe your life will be positively affected by the removal of your breast implants, then finding a surgeon who can talk you through your options should be your priority.

Potential complications

All surgery comes with some degree of risk. For example, bleeding and infection are possible. Your surgeon will fully explain potential complications during the consultation process and commit to supporting you during recovery.

By seeking out the services of a member of ASAPS for your surgery, means your surgery will take place in an accredited facility. This means the facility meets the required standards of sterilisation and infection control.  In Australia, these are the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards (NS & QHS Standards).


During surgery

Your time in surgery may vary according to your needs and the specifics of the procedures being performed. Your surgeon will explain everything to you during consultation.


One of the most important reasons for choosing a Specialist Plastic Surgeon is that they will be by your side throughout the recovery process, ready to reassure and support you at every stage. Ask your surgeon what recovery will involve for you.