Understanding Reasons for and Techniques in Breast Implant Removal

Some women desire this operation for the following reasons:

  • Desire to return to their natural breast size
  • Need to replace ruptured implants
  • Want to change their breast size to better match their current aesthetic ideal
  • Breast implant illness

In addition, breast implant removal must be performed with the most advanced surgical techniques to achieve the best results. 

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An advanced surgical approach to breast implant removal – Graw Beauty

Dr. Grace Graw has dedicated years of her life to achieving a rare level of skill for breast implant removal in Palo Alto. She was educated at Johns Hopkins University, Harvard Medical School, and Stanford Hospital and Clinics, followed by direct tutelage from some of the most acclaimed plastic surgeons in Beverly Hills, CA. As a result, she has mastered advanced techniques for breast implant removal, including en bloc capsulectomy for breast implant illness.

Reasons to undergo breast implant removal

Women come to Dr. Graw for breast implant removals for many reasons, including:

  • Breast implant illness
  • Ruptured implants
  • Decreased implant size
  • Increased implant size
  • The desire to return to natural breast size
  • Wishing to be implant-free
  • Capsular contracture
  • Health concerns
  • BIA-ALCL symptoms or concerns
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What is en bloc capsulectomy for breast implant removal?

En bloc capsulectomies can be performed for several reasons. The most common reasons are due to concern for breast implant illness and BIA-ALCL symptoms. Breast implant illness affects a number of women who have undergone breast augmentation with implants. Symptoms can include, but are not limited to, chronic fatigue, mental fog, body aches and pains, among others. BIA-ALCL is a lymphoma that can be associated with breast implants. Explantation with en bloc capsulectomy may be a treatment option for these diagnoses. The body’s natural response to a breast implant is to develop scar tissue, or a capsule around the implant. En bloc capsulectomy entails removal of the implant, and the surrounding the scar tissue, or the capsule. 

Breast implant removal and health

If you experience any health issues associated with your implants, specifically breast implant illness,  and need to be treated, your body and breasts should be in the hands of one of the best plastic surgeons in Palo Alto. As a female plastic surgeon with advanced training in treating breast implant illness, Dr. Graw understands the concerns that affect women, including worries regarding the symptoms of breast implant illness and BIA-ALCL.

If these are suspected diagnoses, and you desire removal of the entire capsule and implant, you will need a surgeon who can perform this operation with the utmost precision, as vital body structures are in close proximity to the breast, and may be injured if performed by an inadequately trained surgeon. 

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Breast implant removal and lift

If you have decided to undergo a breast implant removal in Palo Alto, Dr. Graw will discuss options to improve the appearance of your breasts, after your implants have been removed. Many times, after implants have been removed, excess skin or poor skin elasticity may become prominent. As such, your natural breast tissue may need to be reshaped for a rejuvenated appearance, which oftentimes involves a combination of breast implant removal with a lift.

And, if you desire further volume of your breasts, Dr. Graw may discuss the option of fat transfer to enhance your breast size.

Whatever your vision is for your body, you can expect ultimate care and meticulous attention to detail, in order for Dr. Graw and you to craft a treatment plan that best reflects your wishes. 

Breast implant removal servicing Palo Alto, Menlo Park, & Atherton

If you are considering breast implant removal, you want to be confident that you are under the care of a plastic surgeon trained in the most advanced surgical techniques. As with any surgery, precision, and attention to detail matter. Dr. Graw is a born perfectionist, and as a female plastic surgeon, has a profound understanding of the concerns of women. Her top-level skills, coupled with compassion, warmth, and dedication to personal care, have led to a reputation for excellence in performing breast operations.

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Recovery time – what to expect.

The recovery time after breast implant removal is about 1-2 weeks. For the first week, you will need to take caution with driving, lifting heavy objects (including children and pets!), and restricting your exercise to the lower body. The time to fully recover will vary from person to person, based on the type(s) of surgery performed. However, generally, you should feel back to normal within four to six weeks. 

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