Houston & Pearland, TX

Breast Implant Removal/ Exchange

Introduction to Breast Implant Removal/ Exchange

In a world of so many aesthetics and cosmetic procedures, you shouldn’t have to be stuck with your choices when you were younger. This is often the case with breast implant removal and exchange, a procedure that offers individuals the freedom to reassess their body goals and redefine their journey. As we evolve, so can our choices and needs, and with breast implant removal in the greater Houston area, individuals have the power to sculpt their bodies in alignment with their present selves. Keep exploring this page if breast implant removal from Dr. Christopher Hankins at Premier Plastic Surgery in Pearland, TX, sounds like something that will benefit you and your future. 

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What is Breast Implant Removal?

A breast implant removal/ exchange is a cosmetic procedure designed to address various concerns related to previous breast augmentation surgeries. While breast implants are designed to be long-lasting, it is important to note that they are not permanent, and some women may need to consider implant exchange or removal after approximately fifteen years or more.

This procedure is commonly chosen by women who are dissatisfied with the size, shape, or appearance of their implants – or in cases of implant leakage or capsular contraction. By undergoing breast implant removal, women have the opportunity to restore a more natural chest or opt for implants that better align with their new size and shape.

Your style and type of implant entirely depend on your personal preferences. Dr. Hankins is eager to make your vision a reality. If you want your implants removed altogether, this is called an explant procedure. Your breast tissue often forms a capsule of tissue around an implant, and this capsule may remain once the implant is gone. This is known as an en-bloc procedure when you want the capsule removed along with the implant.

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Dr. Hankins will take great care in accomplishing your removal or replacement wishes to help your ideal self emerge. There are two main placement options for your breast implants. Your removal or exchange procedure will depend on how your previous breast augmentation was performed.

Submuscular Implants (under the pectoral muscle)

You could opt for your implant to be situated under your chest muscles. Submuscular implants push your natural breast tissue forward, resulting in a natural look and feel and highlighting your assets. There is also less rippling when you place an implant under the muscle tissue.

Subglandular or Subfascial Implants (over the pectoral muscle)

The other choice for implant placement is above the muscle. You may like this option due to the consistency of the silicone or saline in your chosen implant. The texture may feel more pleasing than your musculature. Also, when you flex your chest, implants over the muscles are less likely to be affected.

Regardless of which approach you choose, Dr. Hankins wants to grant your cosmetic wishes. He will discuss why you are dissatisfied with your prior implant procedure and explain how those issues can be resolved.

What Are the Benefits of Breast Implant Removal?

Every medical procedure should be about improvement. Whether you hope to feel better, look better, or all of the above, we support you. By removing or replacing implants that no longer suit you, Dr. Hankins can help enhance your look. Some benefits of breast implant removal include the following:

  • Improved comfort
  • Enhanced natural appearance
  • Increased self-confidence
  • Resolution of implant-related complications
  • Renewed sense of self

Who Are the Best Candidates for the Breast Implant Removal Procedure?

If you received breast implants in the past, you may be a perfect candidate for removal or replacement. Implant aesthetics change yearly, and Dr. Hankins wants to provide you with the best options. Our team can outfit you with implants that reflect who you are now and who you want to be in the decades to come.

While anyone with breast implants can approach a breast implant removal in Houston and Pearland, we feel that the best candidates for the procedure include individuals who:

  • Are dissatisfied with their current breast implants
  • Desire to restore their natural breast appearance
  • Have realistic expectations
  • Have implant-related concerns
  • No underlying medical conditions
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Breast Implant Removal/ Exchange First Step

What’s the
first step?

The first step in getting a breast implant removed or exchanged in Houston is to contact Premier Plastic Surgery for an initial consultation. When you meet with Dr. Hankins, he will review your goals, examine your breasts, ask questions regarding your surgical and medical history, and discuss all of your options. Being completely open and honest with Dr. Hankins during this consultation is essential, as it will help prevent any unnecessary complications.

Dr. Hankins will create your surgical plan after deciding that this treatment is proper for you. Once this plan is made, our Patient Coordinator will help you schedule your procedure date. We will also provide instructions that will help provide the safest and best surgical results. 

We encourage you to quit smoking, regardless of the specific procedure you are receiving. Tobacco products constrict your vessels and impact your health in general. Dr. Hankins will advise you on how to prepare for your surgery. A loved one must drive you to and from the clinic on the day of your procedure. Please make arrangements before you arrive to be sure you have someone looking after you once you leave our care.

What to Expect on the Day of Breast Implant Removal/ Exchange Surgery

Dr. Hankins values your perspective above all else. He wants to learn about your desired look and strategize the best ways to achieve it. Your procedure will depend on which approach you happen to prefer. We can make a small incision in one of three places to replace or remove your implant.

Inframammary (fold underneath the breast)

This method creates a small incision under the area where your breast hangs. We can remove and inspect implants quickly using the inframammary method. If you want our placement implant, we will bypass your milk ducts as we carefully position the new model up through the fold beneath your breast.

Periareolar (area around the areola)

Dr. Hankins can also access your implant area through a small incision around the areola. Areolas are the dark skin surrounding the nipple. By accessing the breast through a periareolar route, your doctor can examine an implant capsule directly.

Axilla (armpit)

You may have had your implant placed via a small incision under your arm. While this is an excellent option for the implantation procedure, it may not work for removal. We want to ensure that we safely and effectively address any concerns you may have with the capsule around your former implant. To remove capsule tissue, we may need to access the breast more directly than through your armpit.

Breast Implant Removal Recovery

Your recovery period depends on your health and the details of your procedure. Some implant removal patients return to work within three days, while others require more than two weeks.

Dr. Hankins may advise you to perform low-impact movements to promote circulation to the chest area. Please follow the doctor’s instructions. Our staff will schedule your follow-up visit, at which point we will make sure you are experiencing a solid recovery and are satisfied with the support you are receiving!

Your results will vary depending on the extent of your procedure. In the immediate aftermath of your procedure, you will notice the new structure of your chest. The effects of implant removal or replacement will evolve over three to six months. Your new breasts will settle over time and find their natural and comfortable position in relation to the rest of your torso.

Breast Implant Removal/ Exchange Cost

How Much Does Breast Implant Removal Cost in Houston, TX?

Every procedure requires special attention and unique care, which is why each session has its own cost. If you are concerned about the cost of breast implant removal in Houston, we are here to help and offer several financing options. If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to call. Our team is ready and willing to explore your options and opportunities. Money should never stand in the way of quality healthcare.

If your implants were put in after a mastectomy and your doctor believes that removing your implants is “medically necessary,” then your health insurance is legally obligated to cover your breast implant removal under the Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998 (WHCRA). Please contact your insurance provider before your consultation so there are no surprises.

Why Choose Dr. Hankins?

Dr. Christopher Hankins is Houston’s most recommended plastic surgeon because he blends expertise with a warm, charming demeanor. For breast implant removal and exchange, it is essential to seek care from a doctor who specializes in breast surgeries. As a member of the American Board of Pathology (ABP), the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS), the American Association of Anti-Aging Medicine (AAAAM), and the Texas Medical Association (TMA), Dr. Hankins’ advanced techniques allow him to achieve superior results with an easier recovery. When you meet Dr. Hankins and see his before-and-after photos, you’ll understand why so many women have trusted him to restore and renew their breasts.

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Breast Implant Removal/ Exchange FAQ’S

Schedule a Consultation

If you are in the greater Houston area and have arrived at a point where your breast implants have provided the value you needed out of them and would like to remove them, a breast implant removal surgery from Dr. Hankins at Premier Plastic Surgery can produce the results you need. To schedule your one-on-one consultation, please contact our office to request an appointment. A helpful team member will then contact you and help you take the first step toward a more youthful appearance!

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