Breast Implant Removal

Many women who get implants find themselves making the decision at a later date to get the implants removed. The reasons for getting implants removed can vary, but may include lifestyle changes, capsular contracture or a breast cancer diagnosis.

Dr. Hatem Elfieshawy partners with Dr. Michael Zacharia to ensure that every patient can achieve his or her appearance goals. Dr. Elfieshawy brings to the team extensive experience with a range of aesthetic surgery and cosmetic procedures.

Dr. Elfieshawy graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBCh) and has extensive experience working with patients to meet their cosmetic goals. Dr. Elfieshawy offers an artistic eye to the cosmetic surgeries he performs, producing results that exceed the expectations of his patients.

After receiving his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree with honours in Egypt (2002), Dr Hatem continued with his specialty training in general and cardiothoracic surgery. Dr Hatem continued gaining qualifications which include a Masters in Surgery (MscSurg).

Hatem then passed the Royal College of Surgeons England’s primary exam. In 2016, Dr Hatem started sub-specialty training in cosmetic surgery and medicine with the ACCS. He obtained his fellowship after 3 years of full-time training and working between Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Sydney.

What is Breast Implant Removal Surgery?

When making the decision to have Breast Augmentation Surgery, women don’t often think about whether the implants would one day need to be removed. However, many women who get implants find themselves making the decision at a later date to get the implants removed. The reasons for getting implants removed can vary, but may include lifestyle changes, capsular contracture or a breast cancer diagnosis.

Am I a good candidate for Breast Implant Removal Surgery?

Some of the indications that you may be a good candidate for Breast Implant Removal surgery could include the following.

  • Infection that doesn’t respond to antibiotics
  • Necrosis, or dead tissue developing around the implant
  • Calcium build up
  • Excessive scar tissue
  • Shifting implants as a result of weight loss, weight gain or a pregnancy
  • Capsular contracture, which may result in pain
  • Ruptured or damaged implants, also folding or deflation
  • Personal choice, including feeling dissatisfied with the shape and size of the implants

Do you qualify for Breast Implant Removal Surgery?

Just as the Augmentation procedure is highly individualised, so is the Implant Removal procedure. Any woman in good physical health will be considered to be a good candidate for having her breast implants removed.

As with any type of surgery, it’s recommended that patients be non-smokers or cease smoking 6 weeks prior to the procedure. Smoking can have an impact on patients under anaesthesia, and can reduce blood flow that reduces healing after surgery.

Avoiding alcohol both preoperative and postoperative can help to reduce the potential for complications.

During your consultation, Dr. Elfieshawy will explain to you what needs to be accomplished in order for you to be eligible for the procedure.


How can Dr. Elfieshawy get the best in results for you?

Your consultation with Dr. Elfieshawy is your opportunity to discuss the concerns you have about your breast implants. If you are looking to replace your implants, then you will have the opportunity to discuss the options for your new implants.

Dr. Elfieshawy will conduct a physical examination and determine the best course of action for you. No two surgeries are alike, and Dr. Elfieshawy will use his experience and talents to ensure that your results help you to meet your goals.

How much does the Breast Implant Removal cost?

The costs associated with Breast Implant Removal surgery can vary between patients, and will be based largely on whether patients will be replacing their implants at the same time as getting their older implants removed.

The costs will be determined by a number of factors, including the complexity of the procedure, the costs of anaesthetic, and hospital fees. Patients are encouraged to discuss their coverage with their insurance companies prior to scheduling the surgery.

How can I best prepare for Breast Implant Removal Surgery?

During your consultation with Dr. Elfieshawy, he will discuss his preferred removal techniques, along with any possible risks that you may be facing with the surgery.

Each patient will be provided with a preoperative checklist that will cover everything that needs to be accomplished prior to the surgery. This could include stopping any supplements and medications that may potentially lead to complications during surgery and recovery.

Discussing your goals with Dr. Elfieshawy can help you to determine the best approach for your removal surgery.

The procedure itself

The Breast Implant Removal surgery can last between one and three hours, based upon a number of factors unique to each patient, and whether the older implants will be replaced with new implants. The surgery is typically performed as an outpatient procedure, with most patients being free to go home to recover in comfort after recovery from the anaesthesia.

During the procedure itself, your surgeon will make an incision either in the natural breast crease or around the areola. The implants are removed using a combination of techniques, and will be based upon factors unique to your implants, breasts and overall health.

Once the implants have been removed, the incision will be closed with sutures.

What to expect after the surgery?

Patients can expect to experience some pain and discomfort. The majority of patients report that the recovery from implant removal is much less complicated and uncomfortable than when they had the implants placed.

There may still be some swelling and bruising, and some patients may have drains placed. Patients may not be able to raise their arms, and may have a limited range of arm motion. Prescription pain medications will be offered, with instructions that detail how patients can best control the pain.

What are the risks and complications involved in Breast Implant Removal surgery?

While no surgical procedure can be considered risk-free, the removal of implants is considered to have very little by way of risks and complications. There are some concerns, including infection, excessive bleeding, blood clots and some patients may have a reduction in sensation around their breasts.

How long is the recovery period?

The recovery period from the Breast Implant Removal surgery is much less intense than what is experienced after the Augmentation procedure. That said, each patient will recover at her own pace. Most patients should avoid a lot of activity for six weeks after the surgery.

Pain and discomfort should decrease significantly after the first week, with most patients being ready to resume their normal physical activities by the sixth postoperative week.

How long will I be out of work?

Unless your job requires that you do a lot of heavy lifting, you should be ready to return to work after a week of recovering from the surgery. Patients will be cleared to return to physical activities after the sixth week of recovery.

What kind of scarring is possible after Breast Augmentation?

Where possible, Dr. Elfieshawy will attempt to minimise new scarring when removing your implants. He may run the incisions along the incisions that were created when the implants were placed.

What will I look like after my implants are removed?

The results of the removing the implants will be apparent right away after the surgery. There may be some asymmetry once the implants have been removed, and there may also be some looseness in the skin. The aesthetic results may not be ideal, and there may be some unfavourable scarring. Dr. Elfieshawy can offer you solutions to help restore the aesthetics to your breasts.

Are you ready to work with Dr. Elfieshawy? Call to book your consultation for your Breast Augmentation.


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