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Breast Implant Removal

If you are considering breast implant removal, then it is important to consider what your breasts might look like afterwards and understand what other procedures may be needed to enhance and reshape the breasts to help them look as natural as possible.

  • Breast Implant Illness
  • En-bloc capsulectomy


Breast Implant Illness (BII)

Some patients with breast implants appear to develop a sensitivity to silicone. Typical symptoms include fatigue, fibromyalgia, ME, skin conditions, hair loss,  arthritic complaints and auto-immune conditions. Although there is still no scientific evidence that the implants are responsible for  these symptoms, many patients find that their health improves dramatically after removing their implants.

En-bloc capsulectomy

Patients suffering from breast implant illness often request implant removal with en-bloc capsulectomy. This involves removing the implant fully contained within the implant scar capsule. This avoids spilling any silicone if the implant is ruptured but also ensures removal of all tissue in contact with the silicone implant. We routinely take photographs to show that this has been carried out and then the capsule is sent for histology to exclude any abnormal pathology including BIA-ALCL.


Before & After Gallery

This 36 yr old lady had breast enlargement 9 yrs earlier with 500cc textured implants. These were removed by David Floyd with a full  capsulectomy and a bilateral mastopexy to re-shape the breast. Second image taken at 3 months post-op.

This 50yr old had breast augmentation 13 yrs earlier with 275cc textured implants. She decided to have them removed  and required a mastopexy to re-shape the breast. Second image is at 6 months post-op.

A 35 yr old lady had breast enlargement 17 yrs earlier with 300cc round textured implants. She had them removed with en-bloc capsulectomy, together with a bilateral mastopexy for re-shaping by David Floyd.

Excellent results, scarring so minimal. I had breast implant removal en-bloc with a lift as well. Delighted with the results!

EG. Breast Implant Removal


Breast Implant Removal – what you need to know

Length of surgery 2-3 hours
Anaesthesia General anaesthetic
Overnight or day case Overnight and always performed in a hospital operating theatre
Frequent Complications Bruising, swelling, change in nipple sensation, temporary numbness
Infrequent Complications Infection, delayed wound healing, bleeding(haematoma), nipple necrosis, asymmetry, poor scarring.
Recovery 5-10 days before socialising with friends and family

7-10 days off work

1st dressing at 1 week

driving 2 weeks

return to the gym 6 weeks

travel abroad 3-4 weeks

Follow-up 1 week, 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months

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