The procedure is a relatively simple one that focuses on safely removing the implant in such a way as to deal with the issues that made the patient want to remove it. Many patients, however, may wish for a revision procedure in which a new implant is placed and other issues involving the shape of the breast are dealt with, perhaps through a breast lift. Breast implant removal and replacement is an out-patient procedure. The patient stays in the recovery room for about an hour after the surgery is completed and then goes home or to a recovery facility, if desired.
The procedures are typically performed at a certified outpatient surgery center. A board-certified anesthesiologist will be involved at all times to ensure the patient’s safety and comfort.
Regardless, it is important that patients not be left alone their first night following a procedure; in most cases, patients simply have a close friend or relative stay with them, although private nursing is also available.
Recovery time varies according to the procedure performed. After undergoing breast implant removal, removal and replacement of breast implants, with or without a breast lift, most patients can return to a desk job within three days.