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Breast Implant Removal

Unfortunately, some women who undergo breast augmentation surgery aren’t able to maintain the results they desire. Complications post-surgery can lead to the need to remove your implants. While it’s not true in every case, many women require the removal and replacement of their implants after 10 years. Women choose to remove their implants for physical, medical, or aesthetic reasons, and we focus on creating attractive-looking breasts, no matter the size.

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Reasons for Implant Removal

Implant Defects

Implant defects that result in a rupture or leak will prompt the removal of your implants. These defects are most often visibly noticeable in saline implants, but an MRI may be necessary to identify leaks in silicone implants. While ruptures should be treated, they are generally harmless.

Medical Complications

Complications following your surgery can require you to remove your implant. While uncommon, infections may be treated with implant removal. Other complications include capsular contracture and malpositioning of your implants. Most complications pose a serious health risk.

Aesthetic Reasons

Becoming unhappy with the appearance of your breasts is a popular reason women choose to remove their implants. If you are unhappy with the size, shape, or surface irregularities of your implants, then removal may help. In many of these cases, new implants are placed.

Implant Removal Options

Standalone Removal

  • Standalone removal is performed for patients who no longer want to have breast implants.
  • Chronic medical conditions and personal preference can make you decide to opt out of having implants.
  • During a standalone implant removal, we attempt to remove the implant via your existing incision site.

Remove & Replace

  • Many women considering implant removal still want the enhancement of implants.
  • You may decide to replace your damaged or poor implant type with something better suited to your body.
  • Switching from a saline to a silicone implant can create a more attractive, realistic breast appearance.

Removal & Lift

  • If you have had large implants or have had your implants for years, you may have developed tissue laxity.
  • Laxity can result in a sagging appearance once your implants have been removed.
  • We can utilize breast lift techniques to eliminate breast droop and create a pleasing look without implants.

Addressing Your Concerns


Breast implant removal without replacement has a shorter recovery period than with replacement surgery. The most lengthy recovery is associated with replacing implants from a subglandular to a subpectoral placement. Most patients can return to work within two weeks of their surgery and can resume their exercise routines after four weeks.


When possible, we use existing incision sites to remove or replace breast implants. This technique limits the creation of additional scars. When this is not possible, new incisions are created in discreet locations where scarring will be less visible.


The cost of your breast surgery will be determined by the technique(s) used, the type of implant for replacement (if you so choose), and other costs, such as anesthesia and facility fees. A detailed quote will be provided during your consultation.


Pain after this procedure is minimal. It can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers, but be sure to avoid medications that may increase bleeding.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What type of anesthesia is used?

    General anesthesia is administered during breast implant removal to ensure a comfortable and pain-free procedure.

  • What causes implant malposition?

    Implants that shift from their breast pocket are usually the result of weakened supporting breast tissue or a poorly constructed pocket.

  • I’ve had my implants for 10 years. Do they need to be removed or replaced?

    You should always see a surgeon when your implants are 10 years old to ensure that their integrity and looks have held. However, implants don’t need to be replaced at 10 years if they are still functionally and aesthetically sound.

  • When will I see the results of my breast implant removal?

    Residual swelling can take up to three months to subside, which may affect the final appearance of your breasts. In some cases, your natural breast shape is restored after this time.

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Bonaldi Aesthetics
Plastic Surgery & Med Spa
6630 South McCarran Blvd. Suite B20
Reno, Nevada 89509
(775) 828-7400

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