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Breast Explant Surgery

Are you considering Breast Explant plastic surgery? Learn more about what to expect before and after surgery to find out if this cosmetic procedure is right for you. Women commonly undergo Breast Explant surgery to correct implant ruptures, reduce excessively large breasts brought on by implants, or to remove scar tissue that has solidified around the implant and resulted in capsular contracture.

C Cup to an A Cup

Breast Explant surgery is a procedure that removes previously placed implants and any surrounding scar tissue without the replacement of another implant. A Breast Explant procedure can help relieve physical symptoms such as pain, discomfort, and swelling that are caused by large implants.

Breast Implant Removal Surgery can also be performed with other cosmetic procedures such as Liposuction, Breast Augmentation, Breast Reduction, or a Breast Lift.

What Should You Expect From Breast Explant Surgery?

Breast Explant surgery is an outpatient procedure. On the day of surgery, your plastic surgeon will administer sedation and general anesthesia so you don’t feel any pain. It typically takes about 30-90 minutes depending on the complexity and your specific goals. During the surgery, an incision is made either at the areola, the inframammary fold (under the breast), or over your original incision site. The incision is closed with a suture. Depending on the patient’s goals, the capsule can be removed after the implant is extracted or a lift can be performed. After the operation is complete, your surgeon may apply bandages or stitches to the affected area.

Who Makes a Good Candidate?

Common reasons women receive Breast Explant surgery are implant rupture, overly large breasts due to implants, or scar tissue that has hardened around the implant, causing a capsular contracture. If you’re going through any of these circumstances, you may make a good candidate.

Why Choose Brevard Cosmetic Surgery Group for Breast Explant Surgery?

At BCSG, our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Bashore, specializes in Breast Explant surgery. With years of experience and a state-of-the-art facility, we are proud to provide our patients with the highest quality care available. We strive to provide personalized service and natural results for everyone.

Commonly Asked Questions About
Breast Explant Surgery

  • Though Breast Explant surgery can provide numerous benefits, it is important to be aware of the potential side effects. These can include infection, bleeding, scarring, and nerve damage.

  • Immediately after the surgery, you will notice a difference. As your body continues to heal, you will start to see swelling and bruising resolve over the next 1-2 weeks.

  • In some cases, you may experience a change in incision over your incision site. Typically these will resolve over time.

  • Immediately after the procedure, you may experience some soreness or discomfort. However, your doctor can prescribe pain medications to help manage any pain.

  • Over time, if properly taken care of, your skin should become more elastic as it begins to heal. However, unless you have combined your explant with a lift, any excess skin that is present or evident when the implant is removed will remain.

  • To ensure proper healing, it is important to follow all your doctor’s instructions during recovery. This includes avoiding strenuous activities, abstaining from smoking, and keeping the surgical site clean.

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We’re ready to help you feel more comfortable and confident about your chest. Contact us today to schedule a Breast Explant consultation or to learn more about our breast procedures.

Other Breast Procedures

Please see below for our specialty services

Breast Enhancement and Augmentation

Breast Enhancement and Breast Augmentation are reconstructive procedures used to reshape and enlarge the breasts. These procedures are commonly used to correct breast asymmetry or restore shape after pregnancy or weight loss. It can also be done to rebuild a breast after a mastectomy following breast cancer.

Breast Lift/Mastopexy

A Breast Lift is a surgical procedure to raise and reshape breasts that have lost volume or lift due to signs of aging or medical conditions. This procedure can help restore a youthful appearance to the breasts by lifting them, removing excess skin, and tightening the surrounding tissue. It may also be used to improve the balance of breast size in cases of asymmetry or to correct deformities caused by injury.


Mastopexy, or Breast Uplift, is a surgical breast reconstruction procedure to lift and reshape the breasts. During this surgery, excess skin is removed and the remaining tissue is repositioned higher on the chest.

Implant Replacement

Implant Replacement is a procedure to replace existing breast implants with new ones. This can be done either to change the size or shape of the implant or to replace old implants with newer, more advanced models.

Breast Revision

Breast Revision surgery is a procedure to address complications or unsatisfactory results from previous breast surgeries. This can include correcting asymmetry, replacing old implants, or removing scar tissue.

Breast Reduction

Breast Implant Removal is a procedure to remove existing implants and any surrounding scar tissue. This surgery can help reduce discomfort, restore natural appearance, and boost self-image. It may also be used in cases of infection or complications from previous surgeries, to replace old implants, reduce the size of overly large breasts, or to correct deformities caused by implant rupture or leakage.


Gynecomastia is a condition that causes abnormal enlargement of the male breast tissue. Breast reduction surgery for gynecomastia is a surgical procedure to reduce and reshape the breasts, creating a more masculine appearance. This surgery can help improve confidence as well as physical comfort.

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