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Breast Explant in Charleston, SC

If you wish to remove your breast implants or replace your breast implants with a more natural breast enhancement, breast explant surgery from Port City Plastic Surgery in Charleston, SC, may be a good procedure for you. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Brian G. Widenhouse offers breast explant for patients who live in Charleston, Daniel Island, Mount Pleasant, Summerville, and the surrounding communities in South Carolina.

What Is Breast Explant Surgery?

Breast explant surgery, also commonly referred to as breast implant removal surgery, is a cosmetic procedure in which previously placed breast implants are removed from the body to restore the natural size and shape of a patient’s breasts. Following breast explant surgery, patients may wish to restore fullness with body fat transfer. This procedure involves gentle liposuction on the abdomen to harvest fat that is then be purified and transferred to the breasts. Dr. Widenhouse may also suggest combining your breast explant procedure with a breast lift to address any stretched skin that may be left after the removal of your breast implants.



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How Much Does a Breast Explant Cost in Charleston?

The exact price of a breast explant will depend on several factors, such as the addition of body fat transfer or a breast lift, and will be discussed before your procedure during your consultation with Dr. Widenhouse. We accept cash, checks, and major credit cards, and offer financing options.

Why Do Women Get a Breast Explant?

Breast explant surgeries have been becoming more commonplace in women who received breast implants several years ago. Women may wish to have breast explant surgery for the following reasons:

  • Previous breast implants were too large for their natural frame.
  • Patient was not satisfied with the appearance of their breast implants.
  • Patient had complications, like capsular contracture, with their breast implants.
  • Patient wishes to take a more natural approach to breast augmentation.
  • Patient experiences discomfort from breast implants.

No matter your reason for receiving breast implant removal surgery, Dr. Widenhouse and his expert medical team are available to help. We’re proud to offer this procedure to women in Charleston and the neighboring communities of South Carolina.

What Can I Expect During My Breast Explant?

Your breast explant surgery will be performed by Dr. Widenhouse and the skilled medical team members at Port City Plastic Surgery. To perform your breast explant, small incisions will have to be made around the breast and/or areola. Dr. Widenhouse will be sure to make these incisions as discrete as possible to prevent visible scarring following surgery. Once the breast implants are removed, he may replace the fullness in your breasts with body fat transfer, or remove stretched skin with a breast lift to enhance your desired results.

What is Recovery Like After Breast Explant Surgery?

Follow your breast explant surgery, it’s normal to experience swelling, bruising, and tenderness around the breasts. Dr. Widenhouse may fit you with a surgical bra following your procedure to reduce swelling and promote proper healing. Breast explant surgery may require up to 10 days of recovery time. If you receive body fat transfer or a breast lift in addition to your explant surgery, you may need to allow 14 or more days to recover from your procedure. Dr. Widenhouse will be happy to go over the details of your breast explant recovery during your private consultation.

Who Is The Ideal Candidate For Breast Explant Surgery?

Ideal candidates for breast implant removal surgery are in good general health and have realistic expectations of their potential results. We encourage you to talk to Dr. Widenhouse if you’ve had complications with your breast implants in the past or take prescription medication.

Dr. Brian G. Widenhouse is passionately committed to reflecting your inner beauty. Using the latest and most advanced procedures for cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, our team offers full-body plastic surgery, emphasizing overall health and wellness to the residents of Charleston, Daniel Island, Mount Pleasant, Summerville, and the surrounding communities in South Carolina. Contact Port City Plastic Surgery today!

Can breast implants cause autoimmune disease?

There is no scientific evidence directly linking breast implants to autoimmune disease. While its gotten a lot of attention in the press over the last few years, scientific studies do not support the correlation between the two. However, some patients have stated that their symptoms have subsided after having their implants removed.

Can breast implants cause pain years later?

breast implants can become painful years after the initial surgery. Usually, the pain is results from the formation of a capsular contracture. If you are experiencing pain years after a breast augmentation, please contact a plastic surgeon. Capsular contractures are a resolvable issue.

Can you get your breast implants removed?

You can have your breasts implants removed at any time. Because breast implant removal is a surgical procedure, certain pre-op and post-op instructions apply. Your plastic surgeon can explain the procedure to you and let you know what to expect post-operatively.

How do I prepare for breast implant removal?

You would prepare for breast implant removal the same way you would prepare for any other surgery. You should stop the use of nicotine products at least two weeks before your procedure and throughout the recovery period. Eat a healthy diet with an ample amount of protein, especially during recovery. Refrain from alcohol consumption for a few days prior to surgery and dont drink alcohol while you are on pain medicine. You will receive pre-op and post-op instructions prior to your procedure.


MEET DR. WIDENHOUSE Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Brian G. Widenhouse, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Charleston, graduated cum laude from Wake Forest University and earned his medical degree from East Carolina University School of Medicine. Dr. Widenhouse specializes in breast enhancement, reduction, and reconstruction, body contouring, facial cosmetic surgery, laser surgery, and skin cancer treatment.

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