Breast implant reverse surgery: A step-by-step approach

Barbara Pompei , Vendela Grufman , Giovanni Zoccali , Jian Farhadi
Breast implant reverse surgery: A step-by-step approach

The popularity of breast augmentation has seen a decrease in number in the recent years. Simultaneously, the request for breast implant removal has increased impressively. A total of 77 women undergoing breast implant removal with no exchange were divided into four groups depending on the type of "reverse surgery" following the explantation: simple implant removal, implant removal with lipofilling, implant removal with mastopexy, and implant removal with mastopexy and lipofilling. Following this, an algorithm was created to standardize the ideal "reverse" surgery.

After surgery, all the patients were followed for at least 6 months to understand their level of satisfaction regarding the outcome of the surgery. The majority of patients were highly satisfied after explantation. Implant-related issues were found to be the main cause for explantation surgery. Capsulectomy was performed in the minority of cases, as the capsule was found to be an ideal layer for fat grafting. Grouping the patients into 4 categories allowed us to investigate a pattern behind the decision to undergo a certain type of secondary procedure and to create an algorithm with general rules that can be used as a guide for surgeons.

The increased demand for this type of surgery underlines a new interesting trend in plastic surgery that, together with Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma advent, will probably have implications on the communication between surgeons and patients and most likely on the choice of choosing different ways of breast volume augmentation.

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