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Breast Implant Removal

Remove breast implants after a previous breast augmentation.

Breast Implant Removal

Breast Implant Removal Brisbane

Treatment Overview

Breast implants can sometimes need to be removed for a variety of reasons. A breast implant removal procedure may be needed to address breast implant complications, such as capsular contracture, implant rupture or leakage, or infections. The procedure can also be performed for aesthetic purposes, such as to change breast implants to a different size or shape, or to address asymmetry or malposition. Breast implants may need to be replaced or upgraded due to their finite lifespan, typically ever 10 to 15 years. During a consultation with Dr Perron, you can discuss your reasons for removing your breast implants and how the procedure can be performed to suit your specific circumstances.

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Before Surgery

Before having your breast implants removed, Dr Perron will assess the current condition of your breasts, discuss any important health factors to consider, and discuss your personal reasons for undergoing the procedure. You will have a consultation to thoroughly go over all aspects of the surgery, to ensure that you are a suitable candidate, and to ask any questions you may have.

The Procedure

A breast implant removal procedure typically takes between one to three hours to perform, and is performed under general anaesthesia. It is often an outpatient procedure, meaning that patients can usually go home the same day. Your procedure will be performed by Dr Perron at one of our Registered Hospital Facilities.


Breast implants can be removed using one of these three incision types:

  • Periareolar (a circular incision around the nipple)
  • Transaxillary (an incision made in the armpit)
  • Inframammary fold (a horizontal incision made in the breast crease)

The most suitable incision type and placement for your personal procedure can depend on your breast implant placement, the type of implant and other individual factors. Your incision type can also depend on any other procedures you may undergo simultaneously (for example, if you will be replacing your implants with new breast implants). Dr Perron generally prefers to use the inframammary fold incision, as it can easily conceal any scarring and allows for flexibility.

Capsulectomy (To Address Capsular Contracture)

If your breast implant removal procedure needs to be performed to address capsular contracture, that is, when scar tissue (capsule) that normally forms around a breast implant tightens and hardens, Dr Perron will perform a capsulectomy. This step will involve removing part or all of the capsule.

(Optional) Replacing Breast Implants or Adding Another Procedure

If your procedure will include the replacement of your breast implants, or combining the procedure with another surgery such as a breast lift, Dr Perron will then perform this step. All of the details of your additional procedure should be discussed during your initial consultation.

Closing the incisions

To complete your procedure, Dr Perron will suture the incisions closed. Bandages may then be placed to protect the incision sites. Most patients can return home on the same day as the procedure.


Your total recovery time will depend on your personal circumstances, but generally, your initial recovery should only take about one to two weeks. During this time, you may experience swelling, soreness, and bruising around the breasts. Within about two to six weeks, you should be able to return to work, resume your exercise routine and slowly return to your normal daily activities.

You should always wait until you are cleared by Dr Perron before resuming strenuous exercise, including heavy lifting. You will also need to take care of your incisions, keeping the area clean to avoid infections occurring as they heal. It can take up to six weeks or more for swelling to completely subside, and for initial scarring to fade. You may need to wear a compression bra during recovery, which will help to reduce swelling faster. Dr Perron will outline all of your recovery instructions during a consultation.


Risks and complications will need to be considered before undergoing any time of surgical procedure. You will discuss the risks of your breast implant removal surgery during your consultation. General risks include:

  • Infection
  • Scarring
  • Pain
  • Bleeding
  • Blood clots
  • Seroma (fluid accumulation)
  • Damage to surrounding tissues
  • Changes in breast sensation
  • Anaesthesia complications
  • Asymmetrical results

At our Brisbane clinic, Dr Perron will discuss all possible risks during your consultation and explain how to minimise these complications. Please note that all procedures carry risks; we recommend consulting with your GP before deciding on surgery.


How much does a breast implant removal procedure cost in Brisbane?

The cost of your breast implant removal procedure will be based on the complexity of the procedure, whether or not your procedure will be combined with additional procedures (such as to replace the implants). You will need to receive a quote after a consultation with Dr Perron.

The cost components of your procedure will include:

  • Surgeon’s fees, based on Dr Perron’s qualifications, experience, and the complexity of the procedure
  • Anaesthesia fees – your procedure will be performed under general anaesthesia, with a qualified anaesthetist and with estimated fees provided beforehand
  • Hospital fees, which include the use of hospital facilities for day procedures, with additional charges for overnight stays (if required). Dr Perron performs his surgeries at the Spring Hill Specialist Day Hospital, Brisbane Private Hospital, St Andrews War Memorial Hospital and The Wesley Hospital
  • Recovery costs, which can include the costs of a compression garment, if needed
  • The costs of any additional procedures, such as the costs of new breast implants

If your procedure is performed for cosmetic purposes, such as to alter the appearance of the breasts, it will not be covered by Medicare or private health insurance.

If your breast implants need to be removed for medical purposes, you may be eligible for a partial Medicare rebate, or cover from your private health insurance provider.

The possibility of applying for Medicare cover or for support from private health insurance can be discussed during a consultation. You will need to meet specific criteria to be eligible and follow a strict process to apply.

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