At the Chesapeake Center for Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery, we have seen a gradually increasing interest among our patients who inquire about explantation of breast implants. Explantation of breast implants is a procedure by which breast implants are removed. Women have many reasons for which they seek explantation of breast implants. Sometimes, the devices leak or have deflated or become hardened with capsular contracture. On occasions, a woman simply no longer wants them. Our surgeon, Tad Grenga MD FACS is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and he is an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Learn more by clicking here.


Each patient possesses a unique set of circumstances. Individualized treatment plans are the norm but simply removing the implant does not address the capsule which forms around every breast implant. Neither does it restore the pectoral muscle anatomy back to its normal position on the chest wall. In most instances, Dr. Grenga will access the breast implant via the existing scars. Dr. Grenga performs removal of undesired breast implants en bloc, that is, the implant AND its capsule are removed as a unit. Any loose gel, if implants are silicone and have ruptured, is removed meticulously. If your implants have been placed beneath the chest wall muscle, then Dr. Grenga will replace it back in its original position at the time of explantation. This technique helps to assure you that your anatomy is restored to its most normal function possible. Dr. Grenga performs explantation of breast implants in the outpatient setting– you won’t have to spend overnight at the hospital. Most individuals who undergo explantation of breast implants will be back to work (non-exertional occupations) in about one week. One may resume conditioning exercise with the torso muscles after about one month.


Contact the Chesapeake Center for Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery by calling 757-673-5900. Or, you may initiate a consultation request by filling out our on-line “Contact Us” page. Click here to access the page.

You may also learn more about breast implant explantation by viewing the The American Society of Plastic Surgeons page on this topic. Click here to access the page.