With the popularity of breast augmentation, it’s equally important to have access to quality surgical care should implant removal become necessary. For some women, implant rupture or other complications make removal vital. Others simply wish to return to their original breast size. At San Antonio Cosmetic Surgery, we specialize in performing breast implant removal, also known as explant surgery, to provide optimal comfort, health, and aesthetics to women seeking high-quality care and natural-looking results.
Board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Delio Ortegon has received numerous awards for his research and engagement in the surgical community. He is deeply invested in his longtime home of San Antonio, where he has helped countless patients achieve their cosmetic goals and live fuller, more confident lives. With his meticulous surgical technique and careful attention to aesthetic harmony and proportions, he provides expert implant removal procedures tailored to each patient’s unique needs.
For breast implant removal in San Antonio and the Texas Hill Country, San Antonio Cosmetic Surgery provides experienced care designed to craft natural-looking results while restoring health and well-being to those experiencing breast implant complications. Breast implant removal, also known as explant surgery, involves removing existing implants and any scar tissue or leaked material that has formed around the implant. In the next step, the structure and appearance of the breasts are carefully restored to provide a pleasing, balanced profile with minimal signs of surgery. In some cases, breast implant removal is paired with a breast lift, or the old implants are replaced with new ones, depending on the patient’s individual goals.
Breast implant removal may be necessary for various reasons:
Change in Preferences: Some individuals wish to return to their natural breast size or feel more comfortable without implants.
Implant Complications: Implant-related issues such as rupture, leakage, or capsular contracture–a condition where a firm pocket of scar tissue places pressure on the implant—can necessitate removal.
Health Concerns: In cases of implant-associated health problems, such as infection or autoimmune reactions, removal is an important component of improving overall well-being. Breast implant removal can provide medical and aesthetic benefits, helping patients to regain control over their bodies and feel more comfortable in their skin.
Typical candidates for explant surgery include those who no longer desire breast implants, experience complications like rupture or capsular contracture, or face implant-related health issues. In rare cases, individuals with severe underlying health problems that increase surgical risks may not be eligible to undergo implant removal surgery. Your health and safety are always our top priority. Dr. Ortegon and our team will carefully evaluate your case to determine whether you are a candidate to achieve excellent results from this procedure safely.
When considering breast implant removal, an in-depth discussion with your surgeon provides the foundation of your care moving forward, helping you understand the details of your specific case and the results you can expect to see after surgery. Dr. Ortegon spends time learning about your motivation for seeking implant removal, your health history, and any symptoms caused by your implants. He also spends time educating his patients about their options, the details of the procedure, and aftercare requirements. Our team is here to provide knowledgeable guidance throughout your implant removal process and ensure a smooth and positive experience.
The procedure begins with the administration of anesthesia for your safety and comfort. Dr. Ortegon may make an incision along the previous implant incision site, the inframammary fold, or the areola, with the choice of location depending on various factors that will be discussed during planning.
He then removes the breast implants and carefully excises any scar tissue that has formed around them. In some cases, patients may opt for a breast lift or replacement implants during the same procedure to improve breast shape and symmetry. When the procedure is complete, the incisions are skillfully closed, and the patient is monitored in a recovery area for a short time. Generally, patients can return home on the same day with a friend or family member to drive them.
The initial results of breast implant removal are noticeable immediately, but the final results may take several months to refine themselves as swelling subsides. Expect one to two weeks of limited activity with a gradual return to more strenuous activity levels. Post-procedure swelling and discomfort will be most pronounced in the first week after surgery and are managed with over-the-counter pain relievers or prescribed medications. We will provide detailed aftercare instructions that include incision care. Adhering to these guidelines and attending follow-up appointments ensure an optimal recovery and results. As you heal, a more natural breast shape and size will emerge, allowing you to feel comfortable and beautiful in your body.
With years of experience and a respected reputation in the San Antonio medical community, Dr. Delio Ortegon and the San Antonio Cosmetic Surgery team are here to assist you on your journey to achieving your desired breasts through breast implant removal. We are committed to providing the highest standard of care in a patient-centered environment where education and collaboration foster excellent surgical outcomes.
Call (210) 614-4320 or complete our online form to schedule your consultation to discuss breast implant removal in San Antonio. We are here to help you navigate your options and provide compassionate care that opens up new levels of comfort, wellness, and confidence in your body.
Like any surgery, breast implant removal carries certain risks, such as infection, bleeding, scarring, changes in breast shape, and anesthesia-related complications. There is also a risk of the need for further revision surgery and the potential loss of nipple sensation.
The first one to two weeks after surgery will require certain activity restrictions, with post-procedure swelling and bruising gradually subsiding during this time. It may take several months for the healing process to be complete as the breasts settle into their new position and surgical scars fade.
Breast implant removal is an elective surgery and should be postponed until after pregnancy and breastfeeding.
It may. An experienced and board-certified surgeon like Dr. Ortegon will endeavor to reduce disruption to structures that can impact nipple sensitivity, but a loss of sensation is a possibility.
The cost of breast implant removal can vary due to the individualized nature and requirements of the procedure. Our team can provide the estimated cost of surgery for your specific implant removal at your consultation.
Contact us today to schedule your consultation with the renowned San Antonio plastic surgeon and breast & body specialist Dr. Delio Ortegon. Take your first steps to a more beautiful you.
4910 Golden Quail Suite 140, San Antonio, TX 78240