What to Expect After Surgery
After breast implant removal surgery, you will be placed in a surgical bra to secure your breasts during the healing process and help manage post-operative bruising. You may take oral pain medications as directed to keep you comfortable during the first 48 hours. Most patients are able to return to light activities within one week, although strenuous exercise will be restricted for much longer.
If your implants are removed and not replaced, your breasts may appear smaller and have a different shape. Without the support of the implants, your breasts may sag or droop, particularly if you had larger implants.
Dr Thomas understands that deciding to have breast implants removed is a personal and important choice. He values your privacy and will approach your experience with sensitivity and respect. During your consultation, Dr Thomas will guide you through every aspect of the process and help you make informed decisions about your options. If you would like to learn more about breast implant removal, you can contact Dr Thomas on 03 9034 7738 to schedule a private consultation.
Risks and Complications of Breast Implant Removal
Complications can arise after breast implant removal. Some of the risks and adverse outcomes of this surgery include:
- Persistent pain
- Accumulation of fluid
- Delayed wound healing or infection
- Changes in skin or nipple sensation
- Skin discolouration
- Unfavourable scarring
- Suboptimal aesthetic result
Activity Guidelines After Breast Implant Removal
Post-operative instructions are targeted to minimize the risks outlined above. Recovery time can vary depending on the individual and the extent of the surgery, but the following is a general timeline for the breast implant removal recovery process:
- After the surgery, you will be monitored in a recovery room for a few hours to ensure that there are no complications. You will then be allowed to go home.
- Expect some discomfort, bruising and swelling around your breasts and chest.
- Avoid all activities that could increase your heart rate or blood pressure.
- Avoid all activities or environments that could lead to infection of the surgical incision.
- You will be required to wear a compression vest for several weeks under your clothing. This is to assist with swelling and wound healing.
- From day 3, resume walking at a leisurely pace.
- It is important to avoid sweating and excessive shoulder movement as you resume light activities, especially overhead and sideways movements.
- 1 week: Many patients can return to work.
- 1 week onwards: Driving is okay as long as you feel safe and able to do so.
- 2 weeks: If you have not already returned to work, you will likely now be able to do so.
- 3 weeks: Resume light lower body resistance training and stationary cycling.
- 3 weeks: Avoid any activities that could contaminate the incisions, such as hot tubs/spas and pools, until completely healed.
- 4 weeks: Gentle shoulder stretching may resume (only if you do not experience pain when doing it).
- 6 weeks: Jogging, running and road cycle activities are acceptable.
Weeks 7 and Beyond
- 12 weeks: You can resume all activities, but listen to your body and use discomfort or tightness as a guide so you don’t overdo it.
Breast Implant Removal Results
The length of time it takes for results to appear varies depending on the patient and the specifics of their surgery. Some changes, such as changes in breast shape, are typically noticeable immediately after the surgery, while others take weeks or even months to fully appear.
The specifics of your results and their longevity will depend on several factors, including the reason for removal, the type of implants, your body and any additional procedures that may be performed. A healthy lifestyle that includes a balanced diet, regular exercise and avoiding smoking is recommended after any breast surgery. Regular breast exams and mammograms may also be recommended to monitor breast health after implant removal.
A Note on Results
The results of any medical treatment, aesthetic or otherwise, will affect patients differently based on various individual, genetic, environmental, diet, exercise and other factors. For that reason, you should always expect to see some variance between the results featured and the results you can achieve. What works for one person may not work for another, and each patient’s unique needs and expectations must be considered when determining the best course of action.
Therefore, it is essential to have a thorough consultation with a qualified and experienced medical professional who can help to determine the most appropriate treatment plan based on your specific circumstances. It is also important to understand that breast surgery is not a quick fix and requires patience and commitment to achieve the desired results.