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Breast Implant Removal

Before & After Gallery | Patient 3

Patient 03 - Tired of Implant Issues


Patient Details

Case 3 – Breast Revision with secondary Super Breast Lift

Reason for consulting with OC Breast Surgery specialist
This 44 year old Orange County patient came in with two significant issues: a ruptured implant and Grade 4 capsular contracture which made her breast very hard. She had the option of exchanging her implants but decided she didn’t want to risk having any more problems and therefore any more surgeries. This patient had always had large breasts and during her first surgery in 1999 reduced the size of her breasts and added an implant for shape. She also had a breast lift at that time. The surgeon recommended leaving the capsule in place to help shape and support the breasts after removing the implants.

Surgical Plan: Breast Revision with secondary Super Breast Lift

Pre-Op Sizing
There is no pre-op sizing for implant removal.

Pre-Op Labs
Blood Test
All breast surgery patients are required to have a Mammogram or Ultrasound within 1 year of the surgery date. All patients must have a CBC and Basic Metabolic blood test to be cleared for surgery. Patients over the age of 50 must have had an EKG within 1 year of the surgery date.

Day of Surgery
Implant Removal with secondary Super Breast Lift is done under General Anesthesia in our outpatient surgery center.. Surgical time was 4 hrs and 30 min.

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Skin marks were placed on the patient in the sitting position prior to surgery. The surgeon removed an intact implant from the right side then cauterized the capsule to tighten it. On the left side he found a thicker capsule and a ruptured implant that had to be carefully and meticulously cleaned up. The capsule was irrigated with Triple Antibiotic solution then cauterized for tightening. The surgeon then performed the triple dermal technique as per the Super Breast Lift. The patient was placed in a surgical support bra. A foam insert was used to support the lateral chest. Skin tape placed over her incisions.

At her first post-op appointment the next day, the patient felt great and had minimal pain or bruising. She was instructed to continue wearing the support bra and foam until instructed not to. At her six week appointment her scars appeared thin and flat – healing very nicely. At seven months she reported that she had lost 10-15 pounds since her surgery and loved her new body. Photos are from 6 weeks post op.