Breast Implant Removal in Rockford, IL

Although most women are satisfied with their decision to have breast augmentation, patient preferences can change over time. Breast explant is a plastic surgery procedure that removes implants from the breasts. However, simply removing the implants can leave the breasts looking deflated and misshapen. As a renowned breast specialist, Dr. Rodriguez uses advanced surgical techniques to help his patients achieve attractive, natural-looking breasts after breast explant surgery.

The Pedro Rodriguez Difference

Dr. Pedro Rodriguez is an elite plastic surgeon who performs cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. He specializes in breast, body and face procedures. Merging advanced techniques with his keen eye, he produces transformative results for his patients that are both attractive and natural-looking.

Patients in Rockford choose Dr. Rodriguez because of his outstanding surgical skills and attentive care. Through decades of experience, he understands precisely how to rejuvenate the face and achieve appealing breast and body contours. He takes pleasure in helping his patients build confidence by reaching their aesthetic goals.


Reasons Women Choose Breast Explant Surgery

Women may choose to have their breast implants removed for a variety of reasons, including:

  • No longer wanting larger breasts
  • Capsular contracture (when the scar tissue surrounding the implant hardens and constricts the implant)
  • Concern over the link between textured implants and BIA-ALCL (breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma)
  • Implant rupture or loss of shape

Although breast implants are durable, they often warrant replacement after about 15 years. At that point, women can decide whether to remove and replace or simply remove their implants.

Breast Explant Consultation

During the consultation phase, Dr. Rodriguez learns about the patient’s motivations for removing the breast implants. After examining the breasts, he can determine whether it is best to remove the implants on their own or remove the surrounding capsule (a thin layer of scar tissue that forms around the implants) along with the implants.

Dr. Rodriguez devises a custom surgical plan to achieve appealing and natural-looking breasts that correspond with each patient’s preferences. He may recommend reshaping the breast tissue to restore a curvy shape. He may also suggest incorporating a breast lift into the procedure to help breasts that have expanded and sagged from augmentation to sit in an elevated position on the chest. Breast lift can be performed at the time of the explant surgery or later.

Breast Explant Procedure Details

When possible, Dr. Rodriguez will make delicate incisions at the same incision points from the original breast augmentation surgery to minimize new scarring. Through these incisions, he can remove the implants and the capsule if necessary. He uses advanced techniques to manipulate tissue and help breasts look their best in the absence of having implants.

If the patient wishes to replace her old implants with new implants, Dr. Rodriguez can do so before suturing up the incisions.

Breast Explant Recovery

Recovery from breast explant surgery follows a similar timeline to the original breast augmentation surgery. Patients may require one to two weeks of rest before returning to work unless the job is physically demanding. Strenuous exercise and heavy lifting should be limited, particularly in the first six weeks. Discomfort can be managed with pain medication. Although the breasts will be noticeably smaller following explant surgery, it can take several weeks for the final results to be apparent as the swelling subsides.

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