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Breast Explant Surgery in Fayetteville, NC

Whether you are experiencing complications with your breast implants or simply want them removed for cosmetic reasons, you might consider breast explant surgery. Dr. Dickerson of Cape Fear Aesthetics offers this and other breast surgery procedures to help patients achieve their cosmetic goals. We welcome patients from Fayetteville, Cary and Sanford, NC.

What is Breast Explant Surgery?

Breast explant surgery is a procedure in which breast implants are removed from the breasts. There are several reasons why someone may choose to get their breast implants removed, which may include:


Some patients experience complications with their breast implants, such as ruptures, deflation, infections or capsular contracture. Some complications may be harmless, but others may pose a health risk that necessitates breast implant removal. Of course, many of these complications alter the look and feel of the breasts, which are a common motivation for breast implant removal.

Cosmetic Goals

Some patients may have gotten breast implants at a younger age and no longer desire them as they age. Others may simply no longer wish to have the size and shape of their breasts altered, and would prefer to return to their original breast size and shape.

Health Concerns

Some complications, including capsular contracture and ruptures, can pose a health risk to the breasts, often causing pain and further complications. In rare cases, health problems such as breast implant illness (BII) and breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) require that breast implants be removed to preserve health.

What are the Benefits of Breast Explant Surgery?

Breast explant surgery can provide relief from the concerns listed above, offering benefits that include:

  • Reduction in discomfort or pain caused by implants
  • Improved self-image
  • Improved physical health
  • Restoration of natural breast shape and size
  • No additional scarring, as the original breast augmentation incisions are often used for implant removal

What is the Breast Explant Surgery Like?

Breast explant surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia. In most cases, the incisions made for the initial breast augmentation surgery can be used again for breast implant removal. This reduces the risk of additional scarring on the breasts. However, in some cases, particularly when breast implant complications are involved, new incisions may be required. Once incisions are made, the breast implant, and any surrounding scar tissue, will be removed to restore the breasts to their natural shape and size. Breast explant surgery can take a few hours depending on the extent of surgery needed.

What is the Recovery Process After Breast Explant Surgery?

The recovery process after breast explant surgery will be similar to other breast surgeries, such as your initial breast augmentation. Similarly, it will also vary depending on the size of the implants being removed and the extent of surgery involved. You can expect some discomfort, swelling, and bruising for several days after the surgery. You will need to avoid strenuous activity for a few weeks after the surgery, but they can typically return to work and other daily activities within a week. We may also recommend wearing a compression garment or sports bra to support the breasts during the healing process.

What Results Can I Expect from Breast Explant Surgery?

The results of breast explant surgery can vary significantly depending on the patient. In general, the breasts will be smaller and may appear deflated after the implants are removed. In some cases, there may be sagging or loose skin that requires additional surgery to correct. For this reason, patients may consider combining their breast explant surgery with breast lift techniques. However, many women are pleased with the results and feel more comfortable and confident with their natural breasts. Initial results will be visible immediately, but it can take several weeks for swelling and other side effects to fade, revealing your full and final results.

How Much Does Breast Explant Surgery Cost?

At Cape Fear Aesthetics, we try our best to keep our services affordable to our patients. This includes accepting many forms of payment and offering flexible financing options through CareCredit®, United Medical Credit, and Prosper Healthcare Lending. If you are considering breast explant surgery, we encourage you to schedule a private consultation. During this consultation, one of our surgeons will assess your cosmetic goals to determine the treatment method that will best satisfy your needs. At this point, we will be able to provide you with a clear breakdown of the costs associated with your treatment.

If you are considering breast implant removal, contact us today to schedule your consultation for breast explant surgery at Cape Fear Aesthetics. We’ll walk you through the treatment process and help you understand your treatment options. We welcome patients from Lumberton, Sanford, Fayetteville and the surrounding areas of North Carolina.