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Breast Implant Removal (Explantation)

Breast implant removal, (also known as explantation and Enbloc Removal), is a surgical procedure designed to remove breast implants. Whether for individual reasons, medical reasons, or concerns about implants, this procedure offers a way to meet your objectives. Our experienced Specialist Plastic Surgeons provide personalised consultations to create a tailored plan that is suitable for you.

Why consider Breast Implant Removal?

Health-related concerns

Implant rupture or leakage

Physical Discomfort

Lifestyle changes

Exploring Breast Implant Removal: Reasons and Considerations

There are various reasons an individual may decide to undergo breast implant removal surgery. Whether due to health concerns, changes in lifestyle, or implant-related complications, the decision to remove breast implants is unique to each person’s circumstances.

Understanding the reasons behind this choice and the potential factors can help individuals make an informed decision that aligns with their health. Reasons patients may seek breast implant removal surgery include;

  • Personal Choice: Some individuals simply decide that they no longer wish to have breast implants.
  • Health and Health Concerns: Health-related concerns, such as potential complications associated with breast implants or concerns about long-term effects, can lead individuals to opt for removal.
  • Complications such as implant rupture, leakage, shifting, or scar tissue formation may lead to discomfort or other issues, causing some patients to opt for removal.
  • Physical Discomfort: Some individuals experience physical discomfort, pain, or sensations after breast augmentation, which they hope to alleviate through removal.
  • Lifestyle changes, like desiring a more active routine, sometimes factor into an individual’s decision to undergo this procedure.
  • Natural Ageing: As time goes on, some people find that their priorities and perceptions change, prompting them to consider removing implants.
  • Changes that can occur as implants get older, such as changes in appearance over time, sometimes lead to consideration of removal.
  • Financial factors may play a role in some patients’ decisions to undergo this procedure.

Am I a Good Candidate for Breast Implant Removal Surgery?

Careful thought should go into the decision to undergo this procedure. If you find yourself experiencing any of the following situations, you may be a suitable candidate for breast implant removal surgery;

  • Health Concerns: If you’re facing implant-related health issues, such as pain, discomfort, Infections, or complications like scar tissue formation, removal may help address these concerns.
  • Preferences: Your preferences may have changed over time, and you would like a different size or look.
  • Lifestyle Changes: If your lifestyle or physical activities have shifted, and the presence of breast implants no longer aligns with your activities, you may wish to consider removal.
  • Implant Age: If your breast implants are old and you’re considering implant replacement, removal may be an option to consider.
  • If an implant has ruptured or deflated, removal is often recommended.
  • Pregnancy and Breastfeeding: Life events like pregnancy and breastfeeding can impact breast shape, which may lead some women to consider removal.
  • Some patients seek removal if implants are leading to concerns.
  • Desire for a Previous Appearance: If you initially opted for breast augmentation but now prefer your previous appearance, removal might be a suitable choice.

A consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon is recommended to determine if this procedure may be suitable for your situation. The surgeon can assess your health, history, and goals to determine if removal may be appropriate.

What Can I Expect During Surgery?

Breast implant removal surgery involves a series of steps to effectively remove breast implants. The steps involved are customised per patient and may include:


The procedure begins with the administration of general anaesthesia for pain management during the procedure. An anesthesiologist administers and monitors anaesthesia.

Incision Placement

The surgeon will make incisions according to the pre-determined plan. The incision locations depend on factors such as your previous implant placement (subglandular or submuscular) and whether you’re undergoing simultaneous procedures like a breast lift.

Implant Removal

The implants are removed. Any scar tissue or capsules are removed if present.

Capsulectomy (If Needed)

In cases where scar tissue formation or other complications are present, the surgeon may need to remove the capsule to prevent complications and address complications. A capsulectomy removes any scar tissue surrounding implants.

Closing Incisions and Applying Dressings

Incisions are sutured closed once the removal is complete. Dressings are applied over the incisions.

You’ll be monitored in the recovery area until you’re ready to be discharged, usually on the same day of surgery.

Recovery and Follow-Up

Your surgeon will provide you with specific aftercare instructions to support recovery. Follow-ups monitor recovery and address concerns.

Note: This is surgery to remove existing implants and NOT replace them with new ones. Breast implant removal procedures are customised based on individual needs.

Risks and Complications

Breast implant removal surgery, like any surgical procedure, carries potential risks and complications. Your Surgeon will make you aware of these during your consultation. It’s important to be aware of potential challenges, including;

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Scarring
  • Changes in Sensation
  • Fluid Accumulation
    • Seroma
    • Hematoma
  • Implant Leakage
  • Asymmetry
  • Breast Tissue Changes
  • Capsular Contracture
  • Cosmetic Dissatisfaction
  • Poor Wound Healing
  • Anesthesia Risks
  • Blood Clots (Deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism)

Note:  Read more and understand your risks.

Recovery from Breast Implant Removal

The length of your recovery period will depend on the specifics of your procedure as well as other health & lifestyle factors. Its important to not that individual healing and recovery times will vary.

There will be some degree of bruising, swelling and pain/discomfort after surgery, however your surgeon will provide medication to help manage your discomfort and provide further instruction on how to minimise swelling and bruising.

The general rule, however, is that you should allow a minimum of 4-6 weeks for initial recovery following your Breast Implant Removal surgery. Although, scar maturation often takes longer (upwards of a year).

Be sure you wear your garment as instructed and follow the aftercare instructions provided to assist you during your healing and recovery.

Follow your surgeon’s guidance on allowing sufficient healing time. Consult with your surgeon before returning to daily activities such as driving, lifting, and exercising. Follow instructions on wearing any recommended compression garments.

Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery will provide you with after-garments. Recovery can be supported by a collaborative approach and a healthy lifestyle. Follow your surgeon’s instructions and attend recommended follow-up appointments.

Breast Implant Removal Melbourne Costs How much is a Breast Implant Removal (Explant Surgery) Melbourne?

The cost of surgery can be influenced by several factors, such as the specifics of the procedure, the surgeon’s fees, the length of hospital stay, and other related expenses.

For accurate and personalised information regarding the cost of your breast augmentation surgery, speaking to a plastic surgeon can provide personalised cost information. A consultation allows the surgeon to offer a detailed breakdown of the expenses involved and address any specific concerns you may have.

We also provide information on Private Health Insurance and information about a Breast Implant Removal Payment options.

Why Choose Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery?

Choosing a Specialist Plastic Surgeon means you are choosing an accredited recognised plastic surgeon that performs surgery in an accredited hospital. Look for members of FRACS, ASPS, ASAPS or ISAPS as some of the Qualifications of your Plastic Surgeon.

About our Surgeons

It is important to research a Surgeon’s qualifications and experience before deciding on the Surgeon. You can check your surgeons’ credentials at AHPRA. Our Breast Reduction Surgeons, Dr Craig Rubinstein, Dr Broughton Snell and Dr Gary Kode are all experienced, specialist plastic surgeons with current FRACS memberships.

Download the 2023 Breast Implant Removal Surgery Guide

This complete guide to Breast Implant Removal Surgery covers everything you need to know about this procedure, including:

  • Your surgery explained
  • How to assess if you are a good candidate.
  • Planning for your surgery
  • Answers to most frequently asked questions.
  • Before and after gallery
  • Learn more about removing your implants.

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Dr Craig Rubinstein
Dr Broughton Snell
Dr Stephen Kleid
Dr Gary Kode

Specialist Plastic Surgeon MED0001124843 Dr Craig Rubinstein

Dr Craig Rubinstein is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon based in Hawthorn East, Melbourne. With over 20 years of surgical experience especially in all areas of Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery, but particularly in breast surgery. These include Breast Augmentation and Breast Reduction as well as Breast Surgery Revision.

Furthermore, he believes that surgical customisation, precision planning and technical expertise help him to provide optimal surgical outcomes for his patients.

Specialist Plastic Surgeon MED0001190266 Dr Broughton Snell

Dr Broughton Snell is a Specialist Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon based in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. His training in Plastic Surgery took place in Australia and the United States of America (USA).

Dr Snell is a fully qualified specialist plastic surgeon having completed his Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in plastic and reconstructive surgery.

ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) Surgeon MED0001052799 Dr Stephen Kleid

Dr Stephen Kleid is an experienced Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgeon (Otolaryngologist) based in Melbourne with a passion for Septo-rhinoplasty, Septoplasty, as well as, a strong interest in Rhinoplasty Revision.

Dr Kleid trained at Melbourne University, then completed surgical training at various hospitals including Royal Melbourne, Royal Children’s, The Eye and Ear and St Vincents. He worked as a surgeon at the University of Florida Medical school for further experience.

Specialist Plastic Surgeon MED0001405964 Dr Gary Kode

Dr Gary Kode is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon, with experience in Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery, as well as non-surgical treatments.

Dr Kode is a member of several organisations, including the Australian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS), The International Confederation for Plastic and Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, and he holds a Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

What to do next?

Our Patient Liaison Team can assist with any questions you may have when considering a procedure. You can send in an enquiry form below or call our Melbourne Clinic between 9 am – 5 pm Monday - Friday.

Disclaimer: Results depend on individual patient circumstances and can vary significantly. Results may also be impacted by a variety of factors including your lifestyle, weight, nutritional intake and overall health. Consult your Specialist Plastic Surgeon for details. This information is general in nature and is not intended to be medical advice nor does it constitute a doctor-patient relationship. Surgery risks and complications will be covered in detail during a consultation with your Surgeon.

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