Aftercare for a breast explant surgery

Breast implants have become increasingly popular in recent years. Over 20,000 women undergo breast augmentation surgeries annually in Australia! However, not all of these implants lead to happy patients. Some women who get breast implants may experience complications following their surgery. Here are some things you need to know about aftercare for a breast explant surgery:

Intraoperative Complications

If you develop an intraoperative complication, your plastic surgeon will discuss it with you and determine the best action. In most cases, intraoperative complications can be treated quickly and easily so that they do not affect your final results or recovery time.

However, if left untreated, some complications could lead to serious health problems later on down the road—so it’s important to notify your doctor if something goes wrong during surgery.


It is rare to get an infection after a breast explant. However, you must contact your surgeon immediately if you develop an infection.

Many things can lead to an infection after surgery, including:

  • Not following post-operative instructions
  • Using alcohol or peroxide on wounds or sutures
  • Touching open wounds with your hands (which may have germs from outside)
  • Smoking (this damages the blood vessels)

Hematoma or Seroma

A hematoma is a collection of clotted blood under the skin, which can occur after surgery. It is most often caused by an injury or trauma to the body and can also develop as a result of internal bleeding. A hematoma is usually found from one to four days after surgery.

A seroma occurs when fluid accumulates in an area where the tissue was removed during surgery. Seromas are relatively common after breast reduction surgery and may require weeks or months before they fully resolve independently. The risk of developing a seroma increases with larger incisions or when more tissue has been removed during surgery.

Capsular Contracture and Capsulotomy

Capsular contracture is where scar tissue forms around the implant, causing it to shrink. A capsulotomy is a surgical procedure that involves cutting open the capsule to release the scar tissue. It does not remove the implant but can help relieve symptoms if you have capsular contracture.

Symmastia or Uniboob

The most common problems after breast explant surgery are symmastia and uni-boob. Symmastia results from too much breast tissue being removed, while uni-boob occurs when too little breast tissue is removed. Either way, you can get your surgeon to fix things up if they aren’t perfect.

Rippling of the Skin and Puckering of the Implant

Rippling is a condition where the skin over your breasts feels crepey or wrinkly. It’s often caused by excess scar tissue that develops around the edges of an implanted breast implant. If you’re experiencing rippling, you may notice it more when your skin is stretched tightly, such as when you wear your bra or swimsuit. Puckering is another symptom of this issue and refers to small dimples in the skin of a person’s chest area due to puckering and swelling around their breast implants.

Puckering and rippling can occur after a breast implant because they don’t heal perfectly—even though they’re made from silicone gel like most other types of implants are made today! This makes them susceptible not only during the surgery but also afterwards since there are no guarantees about how well someone will heal after such major surgery has been performed on them.


While there are many risks of breast implant surgery, it’s important to remember that this is a very safe procedure. It can be done in various ways and with various materials, but ultimately all of them aim at restoring your natural beauty while improving on it. Like any other cosmetic procedure, there are always risks involved. Still, if you go into it knowing what those are, then there won’t be any surprises when you wake up from anaesthesia or six months later when everything seems fine until suddenly something goes wrong.