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Breast Implant Removal in Los Angeles, CA

Begin again with breast implant removal (removal and replacement) performed at Beverly Hills Breast and Body Institute by board-certified plastic surgeon Jaime S. Schwartz, M.D., F.A.C.S. Dr. Schwartz performs breast implant removal for all Beverly Hills and Los Angeles area women who wish to remove a previous breast implant.

What is Breast Implant Removal (Removal and Replacement)?

Do you feel that your natural alluring beauty has been tampered with by misbegotten breast implants or a breast implant procedure that was botched? If so, you can recharge and refresh with RealSelf Top 100 “Top Plastic Surgeon” and Southern California 2016 Super Doctors “Rising Stars, Dr. Jaime Schwartz, whose background in breast reconstruction for breast cancer patients gives him the unique and invaluable perspective of a reconstructive surgeon who thinks about the problem of breast implant removal and repair not only as a plastic surgeon, but as a structural advocate for breast health and longevity.

Benefits of Breast Implant Removal (Removal and Replacement)

The most amazing benefit of breast implant removal (removal and replacement) is the transformative experience that many patients feel thanks to Dr. Schwartz and his team. Previous breast procedures that have resulted in too large or unaesthetic-shaped breasts for an individual’s natural frame are among some of the most common reasons why people seek out the expertise of Dr. Schwartz. For a patient who has been anxious to make a correction of a ‘botched’ breast surgery, Dr. Schwartz will put them at ease and give them the transformation they deserve. He can remove the patient’s implants using a bilateral breast lift and is then able to revise previous scars for an aesthetically pleasing look.

Why Does Capsular Contracture Happen, And Is There Anything That Can Be Done To Prevent It?

It is impossible to predict if capsular contracture will happen or to determine exactly what has caused it. One of the leading theories behind why capsular contracture occurs is from a bacterial biofilm that can form around the implant. From a physiology standpoint, if milk can get out of the breasts, then bacteria can get in – therefore, there are measures that are taken perioperatively to prevent infection:

  • One week before your surgery, we ask that you start using Hibiclens, an antibacterial soap, as a body wash 1-2 times a day, concentrating on the areas of surgery.
  • The day of surgery, the anesthesiologist will give you a dose of an antibiotic, called Ancef (cefazolin), through your IV prior to the start of surgery.
  • During surgery, an antibiotic solutions and a dilute betadine lavage are used to irrigate the breast pocket prior to placing the implant. Additionally, surgical dressings are placed in a sterile fashion and left on for a week after surgery.
  • Following surgery, we prescribe an antibiotic called Duricef (cefadroxil) to be taken for 5 days after surgery, or, if applicable, as long as you have drains.

Other factors that may be associated with capsular contracture include subglandular implant placement and having a personal history of capsular contracture.

Treating Capsular Contracture

In most cases, surgical removal of the capsule and implant referred to as a capsulectomy, is the treatment of choice to correct the issue. This may or may not include placement of a new implant – this mainly depends on the patient’s preference.

In a few cases, a full capsulectomy is not necessary. Occasionally, a capsulotomy, where the scar tissue is just released, can correct the issue. In other situations, a partial capsulectomy, which removes only the anterior scar tissue, or a capsulorrhaphy, which simply scores the scar tissue rather than removing it, may be appropriate. However, both of these options have the downside of an increased rate of recurrence. In addition, some patients wish to remove the implants entirely at this time; in such cases, the scar tissue may, or may not, also need to be completely removed. Dr. Schwartz will be able to fully advise you on your options after he examines you.

Treatment of capsular contracture can also be directed by where your implants are currently placed and whether or not you have smooth or textured implants. Because bacteria can get into the breast tissue through the same pathway that milk leaves the breast, implants placed subglandular may have an increased risk of developing capsular contracture. Therefore, if you are undergoing restorative surgery to correct capsular contracture, the procedure may include converting your implants from a subglandular to a submuscular placement.

Textured implants are also associated with a decreased risk of capsular contracture when placing an implant subglandular, so utilizing a textured implant may be a consideration when planning a restorative surgery for the correction of capsular contracture if you strongly desire to keep you implants above the muscle. Of note, however, textured implants carry no advantage over smooth for decreasing risk of developing capsular contracture when submuscular.

While most cases require surgical correction, treating capsular contracture medically can also be an appropriate initial approach, especially for early postoperative presentations of capsular contracture.

Is Breast Implant Removal (Removal and Replacement) Right for Me?

An improper breast implant can cause a significant distortion to your normal anatomy, harming your natural breast shape, which can in turn often prove to be very difficult to restore. Breast reconstruction is Dr. Schwartz’s particular area of expertise, and he is able to correct these complex issues using a unique approach that is customized to each individual’s unique needs. When undergoing an aesthetic, restorative or corrective breast surgery involving implants, finding an implant that properly fits your body is truly a key success factor for a successful breast augmentation, as is removing an implant that isn’t working. This is why you should only work with the very best board-certified plastic surgeon to help you meet your breast implant removal needs.

Elements of Breast Implant Removal (Removal and Replacement) Procedure

Dr. Schwartz is an expert in a variety of different types of botched surgery repair areas, including regular breast revision or treatment of hard implants where there has been a capsular contraction or addressing breast pain. Breast pain is an area where Dr. Schwarz has particular expertise in helping patients find permanent alleviation that permeates their entire breast area. Schedule your consultation now, and discuss your need for corrective surgery and together you and Dr. Schwartz can create the perfect plan to help eliminate your breast pain or any other abnormalities associated with breast implants. When any foreign object is placed inside the body, your body naturally forms a scar around it, and complications can occur, including the development of a thick, tight scar tissue around the implant called a capsular contracture. Symptoms patients experience from capsular contraction may range from mild discomfort and firmness of the implants to severe pain and distortion of the implant. Schedule your consultation now to learn more about if breast implant removal is right for you to address capsular contraction. Dr. Schwartz will be able to fully advise you on your options after he examines you on the treatment of capsular contracture, ruptured implants, rippling (which refers to wrinkling on the surface of the implant that can be seen or felt through the skin), animation deformity or any other implant-related issues.

What Is the Procedure For Breast Implant Removal?

You always want to do it right the first time when it comes to plastic surgery. But if it hasn’t been done right and you need breast implant removal, world-class plastic surgeon expert Dr. Jaime Schwartz is your go-to choice to obtain the results you desire. The staff at Beverly Hills Breast and Body Institute is compassionate and caring, and they treat their patients as if they were friends, so you will feel like you’re an extended part of our family. Our state of the art operating rooms come with all of the equipment you would find in a normal hospital setting.

How Much Does Breast Implant Removal Cost?

Your cost for the procedure will vary based on your personal needs, aspirations and safety considerations. During your breast implant removal consultation, Dr. Schwartz will discuss your options and together you will come up with a plan of treatment that is appropriate for you. Dr. Schwartz accepts all forms of payment and offers excellent financing options to make more procedures available to more patients.

What Should I Do Next?

If you want to undergo breast implant removal, contact us right away to set up your consultation with Dr. Schwartz, a RealSelf Top 100 “Top Plastic Surgeon” and Southern California 2016 Super Doctors “Rising Stars” who is a plastic surgeon who wants to help his patients, particularly those who have experienced frustration from previous procedures. We are dedicated to educating our patients so that they feel empowered to participate in their own care. Dr. Schwartz will make you feel safe and confident about your decision to go forward with your procedure.

Board-certified plastic surgeon Jaime S. Schwartz, M.D., F.A.C.S., at Beverly Hills Breast and Body Institute, offers safe and effective breast implant removal procedures to the residents of Beverly Hills, Los Angeles and surrounding cities in California. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation.