Breast Implant Removal
Breast implant removal or revision in Perth is an increasingly common procedure to remove a breast implant, and is commonly performed due to breast implant complications. It may also be known by other terms, such as “explantation”, or by it’s medical term “enbloc capsulectomy”.
You may be a good candidate for breast implant removal surgery if you have:
Ruptured breast implants or leaking breast implants.
Capsular contracture (firmness or hardness around implants).
Concern around Breast Implant Illness (BII).
Decided that you no longer want to have your breast implants.
Breast implant removal can be managed in three main ways:
Breast implant removal without replacement
This is the most straightforward procedure. Under general anaesthesia, an incision is made in the breast crease or just above it, allowing the implants to be removed and a capsulectomy to be performed. Cosmetically it may not give the most satisfying results, as removing the implants will result in a smaller breast size and looser skin.
Breast implant removal and tightening of skin (breast lift or mastopexy)
Removing the implants and tightening the skin is a suitable option for patients with a suitable amount of remaining breast tissue. This procedure will involve placing incisions around the breast to help elevate the nipple and areola, while tightening the breast skin to give it a more rejuvenated look.
Breast implant removal and replacement with new implants
This is the most complex of the three options, but is a good option for patients who still want larger breast volume than what they normally would. It involves the risks of breast implant surgery, plus may also involve tightening of the skin or removal of capsule.
Dr Colbert is happy to discuss any of the above options with you to help you make the best choice for you and your body.
Breast implant removal in Perth is performed under general anaesthesia, in a accredited Perth hospital.
You will usually be discharged the same day, however you may need to stay overnight if additional procedures are needed.
Breast implant removal or revision is usually associated with a scar in the breast crease, or sometimes just above it.
Breast implant removal in Perth is has the following risks associated with it:
Bleeding or haematoma: this is a collection of blood in the wound that would result in you needing to return to the operating theatre for the bleeding to stop.
Abnormal scarring: while surgical scars generally heal very well, some scars may become lumpy or thick (hypertrophic or keloid).
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolus (PE): these are blood clots that can occur in the leg (DVT) and may travel to the lung (PE). This can be very serious and requires early detection and treatment, but thankfully they are not common in breast reduction surgery.
Breast revision surgery is like any other surgical procedure in that it is associated with risks - therefore before deciding to have any operation you should always speak to an appropriately qualified health practitioner to discuss these potential risks.
The cost of breast implant removal in Perth can be confusing. To help make things clearer we have listed the the following fees that make up the final cost.
Surgical fee: Dr Colbert’s surgical fee is somewhere between what the health funds suggest and what the Australian Medical Association suggests. This fee is subsidised by a Medicare rebate (provided your procedure has an item number) and also your health fund. As majority of health funds haven’t increased their rebates for several years, you should expect an out of pocket expense. Dr Colbert will discuss these costs with you during your consultation.
Anaesthetic fee: the anaesthetic fee is subsidised by Medicare and your private health fund, except in the case of some cosmetic operations.
Hospital fee (this includes operation room fee, bed costs, surgical or medication fees, and any other hospital extras): If you have private health insurance then this may be covered by your insurance fund, but you should check with your fund if there is any out of pocket expenses. If you have no private insurance then you will have to pay this fee on discharge from the hospital.