Breast Implant Removal

Las Vegas Breast Implant Removal by Dr. Arthur Cambeiro

Although most patients never envision removing their implants after breast augmentation, as many as 40,000 women undergo breast implant removal every year. Their reasons vary, ranging from dissatisfaction, complications from the initial surgery, or entering a different stage in their lives. Whatever the reason, a board-certified plastic surgeon is necessary to ensure optimal results. Mayo Clinic-trained plastic surgeon, Dr. Arthur Cambeiro, is a breast surgery expert well versed in complicated breast revision procedures for patients in Henderson, Las Vegas, and beyond. 

If you’re considering removing your breast implants, contact Dr. Cambeiro today to request a consultation. Or you can call SurgiSpa at (702) 734-4100 to schedule an appointment.

Your Breast Implant Removal Plan

Because breast implant removal is a complex surgery, Dr. Cambeiro takes the necessary steps to ensure a successful outcome. First, he will discuss your goals and reasons for the procedure, detail what you need to do before and after the operation, and let you know what you can expect from the results. To make sure breast implant removal is what you need, he asks you to review these eleven critical questions that you should ask during any consultation.

With your input, Dr. Cambeiro will develop a surgical plan customized to your unique anatomy and desired outcome. He will:

  • Show you a video outlining the surgery
  • Provide direction on how to prepare for surgery and what to do during recovery
  • Address your concerns and answer your questions
  • Discuss the potential risks involved
  • Explain the procedure in detail and what you can expect from the outcome

Dr. Cambeiro understands patients don’t like surprises during or after surgery. That’s why he will inform you of the realistic possibilities of breast implant removal and what procedures you can combine to enhance the results.

Are You a Suitable Candidate?

Breast implant removal is a highly individualized surgery. Patients who have capsular contracture, discomfort, or implant leakage should consider removing their implants. Or when lifestyle changes with a new phase in your life, your implants may have outlived their usefulness. So, you may be a suitable candidate for breast implant removal if:

  • Your weight is stable, and you’re healthy
  • Your expectations are realistic
  • You don’t smoke
  • Your implants are not what you expected
  • You’re dealing with discomfort from the implants
  • Your breasts are too weighty
  • Imaging notices an implant rupture or leak
  • Your scar tissue is hardening
  • You are entering a different stage in you life

If you’re considering surgery, you will need to decide what is next. Will you replace the implants or not? This should be discussed with Dr. Cambeiro during your consultation.

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Why Dr. Cambeiro?

  • voted one of Las Vegas' top plastic surgeons 15 years in row
  • Impressive Credentials: Mayo Clinic trained and Double-Board Certified
  • An Honest, caring approach with a dedication to patient safety and satisfaction

The Breast Implant Removal Procedure

Dr. Cambeiro typically performs breast implant removal as an outpatient surgery with general anesthesia. He usually traces the original line of incision used during the initial surgery, unless they were in the armpit.  

He uses various techniques to accommodate his patients’ unique requirements. These include:

This is the purest form when the implant is simply removed from the capsule. It has the fastest recovery and the least amount of risk.

Here, the back capsule stays on the chest wall, and the front capsule is removed. This technique avoids damaging the muscle, rib, or lung if scar tissue is adherent and thick.

The entire capsule is removed (front to back wall). This technique allows the internal tissues to heal together and seal the pocket.

Here the implant and the entire capsule is removed as one unit. This is the best option for silicone implant removal.

While the en bloc technique is typically ideal, it is not always feasible for safety concerns. If Dr. Cambeiro finds that the capsule is too hard or firmly adheres to the chest wall, he may recommend another technique. After he removes the implant and the capsule, Dr. Cambeiro will irrigate the pocket thoroughly with an antibiotic solution. Next, he can reshape the breasts with a breast lift, if desired. Lastly, he regularly places surgical drains to prevent fluid buildup in the pocket and promote optimal healing.  

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Breast Implant Removal Recovery

Following a breast implant removal procedure, Dr. Cambeiro will apply gauze dressings or bandages and, most likely, drains. You will be fitted for a surgical garment, support bra, or a compression garment to minimize swelling after surgery.

We will schedule follow up visits to remove sutures and drains. Before the surgery, you will be given instructions to follow during your recovery. These may include:

  • How to care for your incisions during recovery
  • Medications to apply or take by mouth to aid your healing and reduce the risk of infection
  • What to look for that may require medical attention
  • When you will need to follow up with Dr. Cambeiro
  • Meds to take for discomfort or pain

Breast Implant Removal Benefits

After your breast implants are removed, the breasts typically do not return to their shape before implants. Due to aging and implant weight, the skin and tissues stretch over time, creating a deflated look when the skin surface cannot properly drape over the remaining tissue. This is not a problem when there is an implant exchange, or Dr. Cambeiro can perform a breast lift to give your breasts a firm, round shape.

If you’re considering breast implant removal, request a consultation with Dr. Cambeiro in Henderson or Las Vegas, or call SurgiSpa at (702) 734-4100.

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