Breast Implant Removal with Breast Lift Gold Coast

Combined Breast Implant Removal with Breast Lift Performed on The Gold Coast Queensland

Breast implants are an excellent way of improving the appearance of the breast by changing its shape, size, and contour. Implants can last from 10 to more than 20 years after which they need to be removed or replaced.

Complications following implant placement surgery or breast augmentation may also necessitate earlier removal of the implants. Breast implants are also removed in people who have the symptoms of Breast  Implant Illness,  and those people who need their implants removed because of having or have a risk of having ALCL (Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma) associated with their textured implants.

Breast implant removal combined with a breast lift is the procedure for you if you are looking to get your implants removed while retaining the proper contour of your breast. This surgery is performed by Specialist Plastic Surgeon, Dr Mark Doyle at the John Flynn Private Hospital on the Gold Coast.

What is combined breast implant removal and lift surgery?

Also known as a breast explant surgery, breast implant removal surgery as the name suggests is a surgical procedure to remove breast implants following the development of implants related complications or when the implants have run their due course.

Following the removal of small breast implants, particularly in younger women,  the skin may adjust to the volume changes and return to its original shape. However in some women, due to age-related loss of skin elasticity, this may not happen and the skin around the breast may sag.

Mastopexy is a cosmetic surgical procedure to raise and reshape the breast to restore its youthful appearance. It helps get rid of excess saggy skin around the breasts which may be present following implant removal surgery.

These two surgical procedures can be effectively combined for best results related to implant removal especially in women with poor skin elasticity and women requiring removal of large implants.

Mastopexy can be performed along with breast implant surgery in one procedure or 3-6 months after the initial breast implant removal surgery if you want to wait and see if the tissues around the breast naturally return to their original state.

What are the Benefits of Combined Explantation Mastopexy?

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The benefits associated with combined explantation Mastopexy include but are not limited to:

  • Tightening of the breast tissue after removal of implants.
  • Promotion of aesthetic and contoured look of the breast after implant removal.
  • Getting rid of the deflated appearance of the breast following implant removal.
  • Counteraction of age-related skin sagging.
  • Improved contour and regained youthful appearance around the breast area which may help boost your self-confidence.

Discussing your risks and benefits of undergoing combined Explantation and breast lift surgery in your initial consultation with Dr Mark Doyle will help you assess if the combined surgery is the correct fit for you.

Book a consultation with Dr Mark Doyle to see how this procedure can benefit you.

Am I a Good Candidate for Breast Implant Removal With a Breast Lift?

Combined Explantation and Mastopexy is the procedure for you if:

  • You would like to have your implants removed but still want perky breasts.
  • You are dissatisfied with the look following implant placement or have developed complications following its placement and want to get it removed.
  • You want to prevent breast sagging after implant removal.
  • Your implants are damaged.
  • You have ALCL or Breast Implant Illness
  • You are in good physical and mental health.
  • You have realistic expectations about their surgery.
  • You are willing to abstain from smoking before and after the surgery.

Book a consultation today to find out if you are a good candidate for the procedure.

Before and After Explant and Uplift Surgery

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What is the Procedure of Breast Implant Removal and Lift?

Combined explantation and Mastopexy is done under general anaesthesia.

Following administration of anaesthetic the following steps are employed by Dr Doyle for breast implant removal and lift surgery:

  • An incision is made around the areola which is extended vertically to the breast crease.
  • The excision extends down to the surface of the breast capsule (the scar tissue surrounding the breast implant).
  • Using dissection and electro-cauterisation,  the breast capsule is identified all over the front and back surfaces of the implant. The capsule and implant are extracted in one piece in an ‘En Bloc’ technique.
  • Following removal of the implant, irrigation of the site is done with normal saline, betadine and bleeding is controlled.
  • Internal sutures are placed vertically in the area near the armpits to stop the breast tissue and skin from falling into the armpit when you lie down. Internal sutures are placed under the breast to contour the shape and position of the breast crease. This helps create a pleasing contour of the breast.
  • The implant pocket is then closed in multiple layers. Deep sutures help in the formation of the breast mound.
  • Skin and tissues around the breast are excised to tighten the loose skin of the breast give the breast its new shape.
  • The position of the nipple/areola complex is determined and is sewn into position.

Dr Mark Doyle will explain to you the steps involved in the procedure during your consultation. You should enquire about any queries that you might have regarding the procedure during your initial consultation.

Recovery Following Combined Breast Explant Surgery and Mastopexy

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The time required to recover from the procedure is similar to that of Implant removal surgery done alone.

It’s normal to experience some degree of bruising or swelling after the procedure. The swelling gradually subsides over weeks. Wearing a compression bra over your breasts helps minimise bruising and swelling,  following the surgery and promotes quicker healing. Compression garments (bras)  should be worn for six weeks following your procedure. Dr Doyle does not routinely use drains in this surgery.

Mild to moderate discomfort after the procedure is common; you will be prescribed pain-killers for relief. Antibiotics will be prescribed to prevent the occurrence of infection at the incision site.

You will be able to resume normal office work after about 1-2 weeks following your surgery. Avoid engaging in any strenuous physical activity for at least 3-4  weeks after the procedure. Avoid lifting heavy weights or stretching. Avoid smoking as it interferes with the wound healing process. Intake of fibre or protein-rich diets and fresh vegetables helps to speed up recovery following the surgery.

Risks and Complications Associated with Combined Breast Implant Removal With Breast Lift

Combined explantation with a breast lift is a relatively safe surgery. However, the combined procedure, similar to other surgical procedures, is associated with certain potential risks and complications. You should understand all the possible risks and complications before deciding to undergo the surgery.

Complications associated with the procedure include:

  • Complications related to anaesthesia: nausea and vomiting are the commonest. Your anaesthetist  will discuss the risks and complication of general anaesthesia with you prior to your surgery
  • Persistent pain that does not go away
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Infection at the incision site
  • Poor and excessive scarring
  • Temporary or permanent loss of sensation around the breast and nipple
  • Breast contour and shape irregularities
  • Breast asymmetry
  • Fat necrosis
  • Hematoma and seroma formation.
  • Potential partial or total loss of nipple and areola.
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • The necessity for repeat surgery in case of sub-optimal results

It is important to undergo the surgery with an experienced specialist plastic surgeon to minimise the possible complications associated with the procedure.

Why Choose Dr Mark Doyle?

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Dr Mark Doyle is a highly skilled specialist plastic surgeon with over 30 years of experience and is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

Dr Doyle puts his patient’s safety and wellbeing as his priority and often operates on patients with hardened breast capsules, tubular breasts and asymmetrical breasts. He approaches each case with up-to-date knowledge and highly innovative techniques to ensure the best results.

His team is renowned for their experience and calm nature, which often helps patients to feel at ease throughout their surgical journey – from consultation to aftercare and everything in between.

Breast Implant Removal and Breast Lift Frequently Asked Questions

Is a breast lift necessary after implant removal?

It is not necessary to undergo breast lift after Explantation in all cases. In women with good skin elasticity and small breast implants, the excess skin over time will adjust to the volume change after standard en bloc implant removal and return to its usual appearance.

However, in women undergoing removal of large implants, there is a higher risk of breast sagging and lowering of the nipple. Breast lift following removal of large implants helps tighten the excess skin and tissue around the breast and places the nipples in  a higher position.  This results in a more youthful appearance of the breast and a perkier appearance of the nipple. Combining a breast lift with implant removal is also an excellent option in women with age-related sagging of breast tissues.

Will my breasts sag after implant removal?

Following breast implant insertion, the skin around the breast gets stretched to accommodate the increase in breast volume. When these implants are removed the breast decreases in size, and the extra skin surrounding the implant which was kept in position by the implant, sags.

However, whether your breast will sag following implant removal is dependent on the elastic property of your skin. As in women with good skin quality, the skin will adapt to adjust with the volume change.

To encourage skin health and elasticity, Dr Doyle recommends the Advanced Nutrition Programme Skin Ultimate Package. This pack intelligently synergises a combination of Vitamin A, Skin Antioxidants, Skin Omegas, Skin Asta-Boost (Astaxanthin) and Skin CoQ10. It’s ideal for use when preparing for and recovering from plastic or cosmetic surgery. It boosts the skin’s function and can improve healing and wellness throughout recovery.

When should I get my implants removed?

Removal of the implants should be considered if any of the following occur:

  • Infection
  • Wrinkling of skin over the implant
  • Change in implant position
  • Symptoms of Breast Implant Illness (BII)
  • Implant leak or rupture due to wearing out of implant over time
  • Capsular contracture
  • Implant hardening
  • Breast pain and discomfort after implant placement.
  • Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma associated with textured surface implants

What happens if I do not remove my implants?

With progressive aging, the skin around the breast sags due to loss of elasticity, which makes the implant noticeable from the outside and gives a less than aesthetic appearance. Also, there is an increased risk of the formation of scar tissues around the breast over time which may give rise to pain, discomfort, and tenderness in the breast area. The risk of implant rupture is also increased if implants are present for a long time.

Is combined implant removal and breast lift a safe procedure?

Combined explantation with Mastopexy is a relatively safe surgery. However, the combined procedure, similar to other surgical procedures, is associated with certain potential risks and complications. You should understand all the possible risks and complications before deciding to undergo the surgery.

Complications associated with the procedure include:

  • Complications related to anesthesia: nausea, vomiting, and loss of consciousness.
  • Persistent pain that does not go away
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Infection at the incision site
  • Poor and excessive scarring
  • Temporary or permanent loss of sensation around the breast and nipple
  • Breast contour and shape irregularities
  • Breast asymmetry
  • Fat necrosis
  • Haematoma and seroma formation.
  • Potential partial or total loss of nipple and areola.
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • The necessity for repeat surgery in case of sub-optimal results

What is the cost for combined breast implant removal and breast lift surgery?

As the procedure is highly individualised and performed according to the specific needs of the patient, the cost may differ from individual to individual. Dr Doyles Surgeon’s fee, an Anaesthetist charge, and the hospital charges will be included in the final cost.

You can get an estimate as to how much you should expect to spend on the procedure by scheduling a consultation with Dr Mark Doyle. Alternatively, you can view our list of pricing resources to get a better idea about the cost of implant removal and lift surgery:

Will my insurance cover for combined breast implant removal and lift?

As the procedure is done mostly for cosmetic purposes to improve the aesthetic appearance of the breast, your insurance will most likely not cover the procedure and you will be expected to bear the expenses of the procedure in full. Your insurance may cover you in part, for implant removal if your breast implants have ruptured, or you have a severe capsular contraction. It is uncommon for there to be item numbers for your breast lift. This will be determined in your initial consultation and insurance will only pay some of the cost of your surgery if it attracts a Medicare rebate.

Is a breast lift worth it along with implant removal?

Breast lift surgery is worth it following implant removal if you are seeking removal of large implants yet wish to retain proper breast contours and prevent sagging of skin around the breast. It is an excellent technique of retaining and regaining the youthful appearance of the breast which is worth your time and money.

Book a Consultation

Book a consultation with our skilled specialist plastic surgeon, Dr Mark Doyle, to discuss the procedure in detail and decide if you would like to undergo breast implant removal combined with a breast lift.

Further Reading:

  1. Breast Implant Removal – American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  2. Is it safe to have the removal of breast implants and a breast lift at the same time? | Breast Revision Questions Answered by ASAPS Surgeons
  3. Breast Implant Removal With Lift – Alexander MD 

About Dr Mark Doyle FRACS (Plast) – Queensland Plastic Surgeon

Servicing patients in Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Cairns and New South Wales NSW – Northern Rivers, Byron Bay, Ballina, Lismore and more.

Dr Mark Doyle is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon with over thirty years of experience performing BreastBodyFace and Nose surgery. As a highly esteemed plastic surgeon, Dr Mark is driven by an intense passion for helping patients achieve a happier, more beautiful self through advanced cosmetic surgery procedures.

He maintains a strong commitment to achieving the best possible results for all his breast, body, face and nose patients, both men and women.


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