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What to Expect After Breast Implant Removal

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What to Expect After Breast Implant Removal

Most patients are happy with their breast implants because of the positive effect they have on their confidence and outlook. However, some can become unhappy with them as time goes on.

Why is that? Well, in some cases, the implant becomes damaged or ruptured, necessitating removal and replacement. In others, patients simply become unhappy with how they look. They may also want to remove them so that they can breastfeed.

That’s where breast implant removal can help. The procedure reverses breast implant surgery, restoring the original aesthetics and function of the breasts.


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*Individual Results May Vary

What is Breast Implant Removal?

Breast implant removal is a surgical procedure that involves removing old breast implants. If a damaged implant is the issue, Dr. Tenley Lawton will replace it with newer, higher-quality versions. If, however, you want to restore the shape of your breasts or begin breastfeeding, then Dr. Lawton will remove the old implant without replacing it. She may also take the opportunity to make cosmetic adjustments to the breast, including removing scar tissue.

Breast Implant Removal and Replacement Recovery

Because breast implant removal and replacement both involve surgery, patients will need to allocate time for recovery. Most patients require around a week of rest before they can return to work and three to four weeks before restarting exercise.

In the days immediately after surgery, you should try to sleep in an inclined chair or with a supporting pillow. This elevated position helps to prevent swelling and encourages healing.

You should also have somebody with you at home who can prepare your meals for the first week or so. Don’t attempt to lift anything heavy, including your children. If you’re a mom, arrange temporary in-home childcare. Don’t try to do it yourself.



The first step is to schedule an in-person consultation with Dr. Lawton or one of our trusted providers at Tenley K Lawton M.D. in Neport Beach, CA. Simply fill out the form on this page and we will reach out to you promptly to schedule your appointment.

Benefits of Breast Implant Replacement

Breast implant replacements from Dr. Tenley Lawton come with a host of benefits. These include:

  • Newer, better implants: Implant technology is improving all the time. The latest implants are longer-lasting and far less prone to rupture than their predecessors. 
  • Reduction of discomfort: Some women develop capsular contraction after receiving implants. This condition occurs when scar tissue forms and hardens around the incision site, leading to discomfort and, sometimes, misshapen breasts. Implant removal and replacement remedy this while improving the appearance of the breast at the same time. 
  • Enhanced aesthetics: Breast implants don’t last forever. Eventually, they migrate across the chest and can sometimes begin leaking. When this happens, the breast loses its shape, and its appearance can suffer. Fortunately, breast implant replacement resolves cosmetic abnormalities, returning your breasts to your desired appearance. 

Are You a Candidate for Breast Implant Removal and Replacement?

If you have old breast implants, you may be a candidate for breast implant removal and replacement. Most breast implants last between ten and twenty years. So if they’re coming up to the end of their life, new surgery may be necessary.

You may also be a good candidate for surgery if you’re unhappy with the shape of your breasts or you want to start breastfeeding. Here, you simply remove the implant to restore your breasts to their original state.

Dr. Lawton is a wonderful surgeon. I received a breast augmentation from her with Allergans new shaped 410 implants and I LOVE my results. They look very natural and there was barely any downtime. I was back to work four days later and no one could even tell. The staff is great but mostly I loved the time Dr. Lawton spent with me. I felt that as a woman she truly understood what I wanted. I would definitely refer her to friends and family.

MG, Happy Patient


*Individual Results May Vary


Dr. Lawton strives to provide the best experience for everyone who chooses her practice for their aesthetic needs. Read why our patients love their results & experience with Dr. Lawton and her team of expert providers.

Take the Next Step

Would you like to learn more about breast implant removal? Simply fill out the form on this page or call Tenley K. Lawton M.D. at (949) 640-0999 to schedule your consultation with Board-Certified plastic surgeon Dr. Tenley Lawton. Proudly serving Newport Beach and the greater Orange County, CA area.

*Individual Results May Vary.

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