Breast Implant Removal Sydney

Breast implant removal surgery is performed to remove breast implants

Are you concerned about your implants or has your lifestyle changed? Breast implants are highly durable, but not lifelong devices. There might come a time when you need to say goodbye

The breast implant removal surgery may be needed for a breast implant complication like malrotation, capsular contracture, or implant rupture. Some patients have pain or concerns about their breast implants. For other patients, their lifestyle has changed and they just want them removed.

The Implant removal or Breast Explant procedure can also be combined with a breast lift or fat transfer or both, to rejuvenate your breasts and make them perkier again.

Dr Jeremy Hunt is one of the top breast implant removal surgeons in Sydney. Dr Hunt can offer you a customised surgical plan tailored to your specific needs and make sure you get the best enbloc surgery in Sydney.

Specialist Plastic Surgeon Dr Maryam has recently joined Dr Hunt’s practice and offers Breast Implant removal surgery for women by women.

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What Is Breast Implant Removal Surgery?

Breast implant removal surgery is reconstructive breast surgery. It should be performed by an experienced plastic surgeon who’s been trained in removing breast implants with optimal breast aesthetics.

Removing implants can leave deflated or sagging breasts that may shrink or tighten a little over time.  The surgery is more commonly combined with a breast lift surgery (mastopexy) or fat transfer. Your breasts can be tightened and reconstructed to give them the perkiest and roundest look possible.

Several techniques can be used for breast implant removal surgery depending on what you want done.

Is there any Scar tissue? Capsular contracture? Spilled silicone from an implant rupture?

If you have an implant leak (rupture) or capsular contracture, the capsule or scar tissue can be dissected and removed during surgery. This can be done as a either Full capsulectomy or  Partial capsulectomy and for some patients – enbloc which is total & complete removal of the implant and capsule intact – as one piece.

The goal is to give you beautiful and tight-looking breasts, with or without your old implants.

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Why Are Breast Implants Removed?

Breast implants are very durable but are not life-long devices. You can have modern implants for around 10-20 years without needing them changed.

Eventually, you might want to have your implants removed for one of the following reasons:

  • Ageing – As implants age, it’s more likely that one of the below-mentioned complications will occur.
  • After 10 to 15 years, you might want to rejuvenate your breasts, lift them, and make them perkier again after pregnancy or weight fluctation.
  • Change of heart – some women decide that they don’t want to live with a foreign prosthesis anymore and choose explant surgery.
  • Implant malrotation – the implants rotate and cause an irregular breast shape and uneven breasts
  • Capsular contracture – this can be a complication of breast implants. It’s when a scar tissue capsule forms around the implants, causing the breast to contract and become painful or deformed.
  • Breast Implant rupture – Silicone and saline breast implants can rupture or become deflated causing misshapen breasts and sometimes pain
  • Fear of Breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) – This is an extremely rare cancer of the immune cells that might arise with specific types of breast implants (most are currently out of circulation)
  • Symptoms of BII – Breast Implant Illness

Regardless of why you want to have your breast implants taken out, you’ll need a version of breast implant removal surgery.

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Benefits of Implant Removal Surgery

The benefits of having your breast implants taken out depend on why you’re getting explantation surgery in the first place. The advantages usually include:

  • Improved breast shape – if your breasts have changed shape over time or you have breast implant complications, like capsular contracture or implant rupture.
  • Easier mammograms – not having breast implants helps make screening for breast cancer with mammograms easier
  • Reduced uncomfortable symptoms – if your breast implants have ruptured or if you have capsular contracture, you might experience breast pain or deformity. Having the implants can help

Some patients choose breast implant removal and then come back later with boob envy or remorse and choose breast implant replacement.

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How Is Breast Implant Removal Performed?

Explantation surgery is usually done under general anesthesia (you will be put to sleep). So, you won’t feel anything during the procedure. A small incision is done under the breast – in the inframammary fold. Dr. Hunt will access the breast and implant compartment through this incision. Dr. Hunt will detach the breast implant from any surrounding soft tissue and scar tissue, and take it out.

Depending on what you have and what you want, Dr. Hunt might perform any one or more of the following options:

  • Implant Removal with Capsulectomy: This is when Dr. Hunt removes the hard fibrous tissue capsule around your implants. The capsule is especially problematic and can cause deformity in cases of capsular contracture and implant rupture. Dr. Hunt might perform partial, full, or enbloc capsulectomy. En-bloc capsulectomy is when the capsule and implant are removed in one bloc – usually when suspecting BIA-ALCL or BII.
  • Breast Implant Removal with a Lift: Breast implant removal is almost always done with breast lifting or tightening. After 10-15 years of having breast implants, your breasts will droop because of implant weight and aging. If you remove the implants, you will have sagging breasts, even if you get new implants. Dr. Hunt lifts the breast skin, repositions the nipple in a higher position, and tightens the whole breast to give it a perkier and tighter appearance. Since you’re not getting implants, your breasts may have a “caved-in” deflated appearance after surgery. To prevent this, Dr. Hunt utilizes specialized breast reconstruction techniques to redistribute breast tissue in a way to give them a fuller upper pole and perkier appearance.
  • Breast Implant Replacement: In many cases, women who want to have their breast implants removed ask for new implants. Some want bigger, smaller or different type of implant. In such cases, a breast lift can also be done to give the best aesthetic results possible. You’ll have brand new perkier breasts after implant replacement with a lift.

Once done, Dr. Hunt closes the wound in several layers using a thin suture line to ensure minimal scarring. Drains may be used if required.


Recovery After Breast Implant Removal Surgery

Your recovery after having breast implants removed depends on what you had done. A Capsulectomy? Breast lift surgery? Did you get new implants too?

In general, youl’ll need 4-6 weeks for full recovery. You can get back to work much earlier though; usually after a week or two after your breast implant removal procedure depending on your occupation.

You can start walking as of the second day after your surgery. Light exercise is okay as of the second week. Strenuous exercise and lifting heavy objects should be avaoided for around 6-8 weeks.

Dr. Hunt usually asks his patients to wear a surgical compression bra for 4-6 weeks, day and night. Side effects of breast implant removal can include pain, tingling, bruising, and swelling in the breasts. These are normal symptoms and should start to improve as of the second week after explantation.

How Will My Breasts Look After Having Implants Removed?

After your implants are taken out, your breasts will not look like they did originally before you had implants. They won’t look like they did with implants either.

For starters, the size of your breasts will be smaller after removing the implants. And since breast implants stretch your breast skin with time, you might have a “caved-in” or deflated appearance after having your implants removed.

To prevent this Dr. Hunt tries his best to redistribute the available breast tissue to give more volume where it’s needed. He also performs a breast uplift (mastopexy) to tighten the breasts and give them a perky appearance.

If you are getting a new set of implants, your breast size does not have to be reduced (unless you want smaller implants). Exchanging the implants with new ones and getting a breast uplift will lead to the best cosmetic outcomes possible.

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Cosmetic Breast Surgery Guide

The ultimate Cosmetic Breast Surgery Guide has been created by Dr Hunt and his team as a useful tool to help you plan and consider this procedure.

Throughout the guide, we will discuss the ins and outs of different types of Breast Surgery, from what makes an ideal candidate, to pre-surgery planning answers to the most frequently asked questions received from real-life patients.

Breast Implant Removal Surgery Cost Sydney - How much does implant removal surgery cost in Sydney NSW? Prices & Fees

As you already know by now, breast implant removal can be done in several ways and might include different surgical techniques. This is why there isn’t a fixed price for explantation surgery.

It depends on what you have and what you want done.  Th expertise of your surgeon, the location where you’ll get your surgery done affect the price of breast implant removal.

After your first consultation, Dr. Hunt will give you a quote for on the costs of explantation.  You can contact his team for an estimate.

Is breast implant removal covered by Medicare or private health insurance?

If you meet certain strict criteria, you might be eligible for a partial rebate by medicare or health insurance subsidy for breast implant removal surgery.

You can also learn more about possible Medicare & Health Fund coverage for Breast Implant Removal, a Breast Implant Removal Surgery Payment Plan, or the costs for breast implants removal surgery on our Surgical Costs page.

Is Breast Implant Removal Surgery Worth It?

If you have breast implant complications or you no longer want your implants, then getting your implants taken out is worth it.

It’s a fairly simple procedure that will deal with breast implant complications, such as capsular contractures, implant leak, and pain. Despite losing the implants, your breasts will be lifted and made perkier and tighter. If you get new implants, your breasts will look even better than they did before.

Breast implant removal is worth it for those who need it. A Realself survey of breast implant removal patients shows that 97% of women who get their implants removed believe the surgery was worth it.

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With over 20 years of experience as a Specialist plastic reconstructive surgeon, Dr Jeremy Hunt has built a reputation in Sydney for his ability to get the best results using the most innovative surgical techniques.

Dr Hunt prides himself on the level of care and attention he offers and that begins from the day of first consultation.

Join the thousands of happy past patients today by booking a consultation with Dr Hunt at your earliest convenience.

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Considering Implant Removal Surgery?

Can I have my breast implants removed?


Yes. Some women decide that they don’t want breast implants anymore, and they get implant removal surgery. Explantation might also be needed to deal with a breast implant complication, such as capsular contracture, implant rupture or malrotation.

How long does breast implant removal surgery take?


The duration of breast implant removal is anywhere between 1 and 3 hours. This depends on what you currently have and what else you need done. If you’re getting complete capsulectomy (Enbloc), and a breast lift or fat transfer afterwards, then the procedure will need more time to be performed.

How long do breast implants last?


Breast implants are not lifetime devices. On average, breast implants should be removed or replaced after 10-15 years. After a decade, breast implants are more likely to cause complications such as capsular contracture, rupture, and malrotation. Breast implant revision surgery or implant removal can be done to rejuvenate your breasts again.

What happens if you don't replace your breast implants?


If you don’t remove breast implants after 10-15 years, they’re more likely to start causing complications. Complications can include capsular contracture, breast pain, deformity, implant rupture, and malrotation.

Can breast implants last 30 years?


Theoretically, implants can last for 30 years, however, they’re more likely to cause complications requiring removal after 10-15 years. More modern implants are now safer and designed to last longer than 15 years.

Will I regret removing my implants?


Yes, it’s possible. Explant remorse is a feeling some patients experience after having their implants taken out. You might feel like your new breast shape and size does not live up to your expectation and that your breasts looked better with implants. The good news is that you can always get another breast augmentation or fat transfer if you feel like you want it.

Will I feel better after breast implant removal?


If you don’t like your implants or they’re causing you annoying symptoms like BII, then having them removed can make you feel better and healthier. It’s important not to seek approval from others and always decide what you want to do with your own body.

How do you know when breast implants need replacing?


If you have breast pain, contracted breasts, deformed breasts, uneven breasts, or breast deflation, then you might need implant removal surgery.

How do I know if my implant is leaking?


Implant leaking can cause breast asymmetry, deflation, deformity, and breast pain. You may also have some symptoms of BII – Breast Implant Illness.

Do you have PIP Implants? (used from the year 2000 to 2010)


PIP Implant Rupture and Risk to Patients

About 5000 breast surgery patients had PIP Breast implants from around 2000 to 2010. A breast implant manufactured in France by the PIP company.

In 2012, plastic surgeons internationally found that PIP implants appear to have a higher rate of rupture. It was found the implants had been manufactured with non-medical grade silicone and in fact, they have been manufactured using industrial-grade silicone.

The facts are:

  • There is evidence that these implants tend to have a high rate of rupture
  • The risk of toxicity from these implants is only theoretical currently
  • The situation is causing a lot of concern for women who have PIP implants or PIP implants have been withdrawn from the  market

Plastic surgeons have been working together internationally to establish a clearer picture as to what this means for patients.

As a member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons, I can report that in our opinion these implants should be removed if there is adequate anxiety for the patient, or evidence of rupture.

Genuine anxiety certainly does exist and anxiety can lead to the presentation of medical symptoms secondary to stress. Removal of these implants may well alleviate any symptoms that patients are suffering and certainly will relieve anxiety.

Investigation of whether these implants have ruptured or not has recently been made simpler with the Department Of Health rebating investigations such as scans, to see if the implants are in fact ruptured or intact.

For further information about receiving a scan, I suggest you visit the Department of Health website (below) where you can be directed as to how to receive a scan to establish whether the implant is in fact leaking.

If the PIP implant, or any implant  is found to be leaking, ruptured, or bleeding, ,  it certainly should be removed and replaced with a different breast implant though even if the implant is not shown to be leaking on the scan and anxiety levels are high, it is recommended that the implant be removed and replaced.

There are some important things to remember though regarding breast implants and rupture.

  • At this stage, it is reasonable to remove the ruptured PIP implants or implants that are causing anxiety and replace them with an implant made by a different manufacturer which has not had these problems (Motiva or mentor).
  • Breast augmentation remains a safe and reliable surgical procedure.

I hope this has been helpful and if patients do require further information I would suggest they contact the plastic surgeon who inserted their breast implants.  This will allow you to determine if the implant used was in fact one that has been associated with rupture or a different brand.

If you are unable to ascertain the type of your implant I would recommend that an MRI scan would be the simplest non-invasive method to establish if the implant was in fact ruptured or leaking.

More information is available on the Queensland Department of Health Website

Who can remove my breast implant?


Breast implant removal surgery is best performed by a specialist plastic surgeon with experience in explantation surgery.

How long do drains stay in after explant?


If required, your Surgical drains usually stay in for 2-3 days after your breast removal surgery.

What are the Complications and Risks of Implant Removal Surgery?


All surgery has risks and these will be explained to you by Dr Hunt during your consultation.

Some post-op complications that might occur include:

  • Wound infection
  • Seroma formation – fluid collection in the wound, prevented by surgical drains
  • Hematoma formation – blood collection in the wound, prevented by surgical drains
  • Loss of sensation in the nipples – this might be temporary or rarely permanent

Longer term complications could include

  • Caved-in or deflated appearance – more likely if you have breast implant removal without new implants. Dr. Hunt will try to prevent this by performing breast reconstruction and uplift after taking your implants out.
  • Wound healing abnormalities
  • Excessive scarring

It is important to choose a surgeon experienced in breast implant removal, uplift, and breast reconstruction to keep the risk of surgical complications to a minimum.


About Dr Jeremy Hunt

Dr Hunt has worked with thousands of patients across his 20-year career. He is widely regarded as a top plastic surgeon in Australia. This is reflected in his role as Spokesperson for the ASPS – Australian Society of Plastic Surgery. Dr Hunt is also a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) and Supervisor of Plastic Surgery Training at Sydney Children’s Hospital.


Dr Maryam Seyedabadi

Dr Maryam Seyedabadi has recently joined Dr Hunt’s practice in Edgecliff and is now available for consultations on a range of plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery for breast, body and face.

She is just one of the very few dually qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeons, completing both medical and dental degrees. This gives her an excellent skillset and ability for face surgery, orthognathic & jaw surgery.

As a Sydney Female Plastic Surgeon, Dr Maryam offers surgery by women for women. She is supported in clinic & theatre by a completely female surgical team for those who prefer being operated on in a women-only or more female-friendly private hospital environment.