There are several reasons why women will need to revise their breast implants or completely replace them.
The surgery may be performed under either general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. The procedure generally takes 30 minutes to one hour to complete and you will go home shortly after your surgery is completed.
Small incision is made in the breast, usually under the fold of the breast or around the areola or in the arm pit. The tissue pocket around the implant is cut into and the implant is carefully removed. If the implant is filled with saline, the doctor may elect to deflate the implant to facilitate removal.
Stitches are used to close the incision; the stitches generally extend around the areola or along the crease of the breast. After your surgery is completed, your breasts will be bandaged with gauze and a special surgical bra will be placed over your breasts to hold them in the best position for healing.
Recovery and healing times do vary from patient to patient. Your stitches would normally be removed 5-7 days post-surgery, bruising subsides gradually over the course of 2-3 weeks. You should walk around the house with some assistance. Every day, walk around the house, slowly increasing your level of activity. Avoid raising your shoulders above 90 degrees for 2 weeks, for instance to reach a plate high in the cupboard. If you have small children try and arrange for their care by your spouse or another guardian for the first few days. You will need to avoid reaching or lifting of any kind for at least a week and for as long as two weeks. Although it is important to keep the breast area clean throughout the healing process to avoid infections, breast implant removal patients should not submerge their incisions in a bath, swimming pool or other body of water until the breasts have completely healed. Avoid touching the incisions or bringing any product, such as lotion or deodorant, into contact with the stitched area. You should be able to return to work after a week. However, if your job requires physical activity, you should wait two weeks before resuming a full workload. It may take your body up to six weeks to make a full recovery. As your body heals during that time, you will gradually regain strength of movement. Your scars may take up to seven months to completely heal.