Considering breast implant removal?

Written by: Miss Philippa Jackson
Edited by: Carlota Pano

Breast implant removal, a surgical procedure aimed at reversing or revising a prior augmentation, has become increasingly common in recent years for a variety of reasons.


Here, Miss Philippa Jackson, renowned consultant plastic surgeon and certified cosmetic surgeon, offers an expert insight into the landscape of breast implant removal.



Why do people get breast implants removed?


There are lots of reasons why patients might choose to have their implants removed. The main ones include:

  • A change in how patients view their bodies and their breast implants.
  • A change in patients' physical appearance over time, which makes the initial implant look out of place.
  • Complications related to the breast implants, such as rupture or capsular contracture.


If patients are considering having their implants removed, they might want to talk to their surgeon about having them replaced or having the remaining breast tissue rearranged and uplifted.


How long is the recovery after breast implant removal?


Recovery would typically take between 2 to 6 weeks. During the first 2 weeks, the breasts may be sore and uncomfortable. A compressive post-surgical bra should be worn to support the tissues for 6 to 12 weeks after surgery.


Some patients may also have undergone a breast uplift at the time of removal. Exercise should be avoided for 6 weeks.


What changes can I expect in my breasts after removal?


Initially, the skin might be saggy and look empty. However, it may take several months before the body has adjusted to having the implants removed, and patients should wait before judging the final result.


Are there non-surgical options to consider instead?


It may depend on the reason for wishing to have the implants removed. However, if patients are suffering a complication related to their implants, such as rupture or capsular contracture, surgery is the best option to manage this.



If you would like to schedule an appointment with Miss Philippa Jackson, head on over to her Top Doctors profile today.

By Miss Philippa Jackson
Plastic surgery

Miss Philippa Jackson is a highly respected consultant plastic surgeon and certified cosmetic surgeon based in Cheltenham and Bristol. She is renowned for her expertise in breast augmentation, reduction and lifting procedures and also specialises in tummy tuck, liposuction and breast asymmetry.

Miss Jackson qualified in medicine from Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’ Medical School in 2006 before going on to undertake further specialist training in plastic surgery, including a highly prestigious twelve month fellowship in oncoplastic breast surgery and reconstruction. She was appointed as a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons in 2009, and later a Fellow of the College’s Plastic Surgery section in 2015. Miss Jackson is also a certified cosmetic surgeon of the Royal College of Surgeons and has been appointed as a consultant plastic surgeon at North Bristol NHS Trust since 2018, where she continues to specialise in microvascular breast reconstruction. Having worked exclusively in plastic surgery since 2010, Miss Jackson brings a wealth of experience and expertise to her daily practice. She is passionate about achieving the best possible outcomes for her patients and prides herself on her honest and considered approach to helping them achieve their goals. She sees private patients at Nuffield Health Cheltenham Hospital and Litfield House Medical Centre in Bristol.

Miss Jackson is also an established medicolegal expert in plastic and reconstructive surgery and has completed a bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Ethics and Law from King’s College London, as well as a number of accredited courses in medicolegal practice. She is also a leading name in education and is an educational and clinical supervisor and appointed Fellow of the Higher Education Authority. In 2019, she was awarded a Master’s in Medical Education from Warwick University and was an invited faculty member for Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) and Emergency Management of Severe Burns (EMSB) courses.

In recognition of her dedication to her practice, Miss Jackson received an NBT Hero Award from North Bristol NHS Trust for her work in restructuring the plastic surgery emergency service during the pandemic. Her extensive academic contributions, which she has often presented at international meetings, have also been recognised with a number of awards and shortlistings for ‘Best paper’. She has also been appointed as a reviewer of the annals of the Royal College of Surgeons. Miss Jackson is an accredited member of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) and the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS). 

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