Restoring a Natural Breast Shape, and Peace of
Mind, with Breast Explant
The reason for breast implant removal (explant) surgery vary from patient to patient. While some women choose to remove their implants for cosmetic reasons, others do so out of health concerns. In recent years some women have expressed concern that their breast implants may have led to autoimmune disease or worsened a serious health condition. Many of these women have reported experiencing symptoms of what some call “breast implant illness,” including fatigue, cognitive dysfunction, muscle pain and weakness.
Aqua Plastic Surgery is committed to the well-being of all our patients. Drs. David Rankin and Dev Vibhakar are both respected breast enhancement surgeons hailed for their knowledge, experience and surgical skill. Both surgeons have treated patients who wish to explant their implants, some of whom report experiencing symptoms of breast implant illness. The surgeons meet with each patient one-on-one to discuss their concerns regarding their breast implants. After identifying the root of the problem, the surgeons design a treatment plan for removal. Each explant procedure is unique; Dr. Rankin and Dr. Dev carefully explain all of the available options and help each patient choose the best option for her needs and goals.
Aqua Plastic Surgery also has an Explant Concierge, Jeff Rose, who has extensive experience helping hundreds of women with breast implant illness (BII). He will be available to help you through the process of explanting — from your initial call to your post-surgery healing. He is available day and night to answer any of your questions as well as to share what he’s seen with other women suffering the symptoms and challenges of BII, both before and after explanting. He will be there with you every step of the process, both in person when you’re in the office or directly by phone, text or email.
What Happens During Breast Explant?
Breast explant is performed with the goal of restoring an attractive breast contour and appearance. Dr. Rankin or Dr. Dev do the following:
- Offer a nerve block performed during surgery to reduce pain for 72 hours post-surgery, which may reduce or even eliminate the need for prescription pain medication.
- Perform Enbloc when possible with total capsulectomy to ensure 100 percent of the capsule is removed.
- Insert drains to enhance the healing process.
- Take pictures of the implant, capsule and clean out of any and all residual implant, capsule, silicone or saline within the chest cavity.
- Offer the choice to send capsules to pathology and keep possession of your implants.
- Offer a post-surgery detoxification if desired or deemed necessary.
Most women who report symptoms of breast implant illness opt to remove their implants without replacing them. These types of breast explant procedures are generally performed under general anesthesia. The surgeon tries to keep the incisions as small as possible to achieve little to no post-operative scarring. Through the incision, the surgeon carefully removes the implants. In case of an implant rupture or capsular contracture, the “capsules” that hold the implants are also removed. Once the implants are removed, the doctor addresses any loose skin that has become stretched out due to the implants. They trim the breast skin and reshape the breast tissue for a beautiful, natural shape. The doctor may also recommend performing a breast lift in conjunction with the explant. In this case, the breasts are positioned higher on the chest wall. When finished, the incisions are closed with sutures and bandages.
What to Expect During Recovery
Recovery from breast explant is similar to breast augmentation recovery. Patients should expect to take one to two weeks off from their normal routine, including work. During this time, vigorous activities should be avoided. During the initial recovery period, patients may experience swelling, bruising and tenderness. Our team can prescribe oral pain medication to minimize discomfort. Regular follow-ups with us are mandatory so we can closely monitor healing progress.
What Does Breast Explantation Cost?
The cost of breast explantation varies depending on the degree of correction needed, whether the implants are replaced and whether the procedure is performed in conjunction with breast lift. The final cost of your treatment will be discussed in more detail at your pre-operative consultation with Dr. Rankin or Dr. Dev.
Financing Breast Explantation
Aqua Plastic Surgery offers several affordable financing options to help you pay for your procedure. Please speak to a member of our team about your financing choices.
Contact Aqua Plastic Surgery
To learn more about breast explantation and your treatment options when it comes to removing your implants, please schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Rankin or Dr. Dev. Contact Aqua Plastic Surgery by calling our Jupiter office at (561) 776-2830, our Ft. Lauderdale office at (954) 564-3832.
Patient Concierge – Jeff Rose
With over 25 years of experience in Health and Wellness, Jeff Rose has joined Aqua Plastic Surgery to provide the best care for our Cosmetic Patients. As a Patient Concierge he works to ensure a smooth and seamless patient experience both before and after your cosmetic procedure.
Specializing in Anti-aging treatments and wellness, Jeff is well known for his work with Celebrities and models, as well as his vast business and medical contacts. Jeff has also worked for 15 years as a radio talk show host, using his expertise to help educate people on looking and feeling youthful. Jeff is excited to bring his notoriety and experience to Aqua and to help you have have an enjoyable cosmetic experience.