Breast Implant Removal


Breast implant removal or breast implant revision in Perth is an increasingly common procedure. It’s commonly performed due to breast implant complications, and may also be known by other terms, such as “explantation”, or by its medical term “enbloc capsulectomy”.


Is breast implant removal for me?

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 about Breast Implant Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL, or ALCL).

  • Concern around Breast Implant Illness (BII).

  • Decided that you no longer want to have your breast implants.


What does breast implant removal involve?

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. The scar capsule that forms around the implant can be removed entirely (capsulectomy) or partially. 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 will discuss all of the above options with you to help you make the best choice for you and your body.


What is the recovery?

Dr Colbert performs breast implant removal under general anaesthesia by a fully qualified Specialist Anaesthetist, in an accredited Perth hospital. 

Breast implant removal in Perth can be performed either as day surgery, or as overnight surgery.


What scars can I expect?

Breast implant removal or revision is usually associated with a incision in the breast crease. This incision normally heals very well to leave a thin scar.


What are the risks associated with breast implant removal?

Breast implant removal in Perth is similar to any other surgical procedure, in that it has risks associated with it. Before deciding to have any operation you should always speak to an appropriately qualified health practitioner to discuss these potential risks

  • Wound infection.

  • Bruising and swelling.

  • Bleeding or haematoma: this is a collection of blood in the wound that would result in you needing to return to the operating theatre.

  • Abnormal scarring: while surgical scars generally heal very well, some scars may become lumpy or thick (hypertrophic or keloid). Normally this is in patients who have a known family history of abnormal scarring, and Dr Colbert can take specific measures to minimise it.


How much does breast implant removal surgery cost?

The cost of breast implant removal in Perth can be confusing, and to help make things clearer we have listed the approximate fees that make up the final cost.

  • Surgical fee: For breast implant removal Dr Colbert’s surgical fee is between $2000 and $3000 per side, depending on whether a partial or complete capsulectomy is performed. This cost includes the operation, and all aftercare. This cost is further reduced through a Medicare rebate, with the specific rebate amount depending on if a partial capsulectomy (item number 45548) or complete capsulectomy (45551) is performed. A further subsidy is usually provided by your private health insurance, however you’ll need to contact your fund to confirm this.

  • Anaesthetic fee: The anaesthetic fee is subsidised by Medicare and your private health fund, with usually an out of pocket gap left to pay.

  • 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. 


Where can I find out more?

A consultation with Dr Colbert is a great way to find out more about breast implant removal or revision in Perth. During your appointment Dr Colbert will take a detailed history, perform a focused examination, show you before and after photographs, and answer any questions that you have.

To arrange a consultation please contact our friendly office staff, or alternatively you can leave a message by simply clicking on the button below.