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Breast Implant Removal Gold Coast


Breast Implant Removal Gold Coast

Breast implant removal surgery, also known as breast explant, is a procedure designed to remove breast implants and any scar tissue (capsule) around the implants. This procedure can be done with or without replacing breast implants

Whether you’ve had implants for many years and are thinking about removing them, or are suffering from pain and discomfort and want to replace your current implants, Dr Hertess and her team will offer compassionate care, education, and guidance every step of the way.

Dr Hertess FRACS(Plas) is a breast implant removal surgeon with over 27 years of experience in performing complex breast surgeries.  She commonly performs this procedure in accredited facilities on the Gold Coast including John Flynn Private Hospital and Miami Private Hospital.

What is Breast Implant Removal Surgery?

Breast implant removal surgery is a cosmetic procedure that involves removing breast implants and any scar tissue that may have formed around them. This can be done for various reasons, such as wanting to remove the implants altogether or replacing old ones with new ones.

Regardless of the reason for seeking breast implant removal surgery, it is important to carefully research and consult with a qualified specialist plastic surgeon who has experience in this type of procedure.

Who is Breast Explant Surgery for?

Explant surgery is best suited for women in good health who:

  • no longer want breast implants
  • prefer a more natural look
  • are experiencing complications such as capsular contracture or implant rupture, or
  • want to replace their current implants with new ones.

It is important to have realistic expectations and understand the potential risks and outcomes of breast explant surgery before making a decision.

Reasons Women Choose to Remove Breast Implants

Breast implant removal is a highly personal choice, and there is no right or wrong reason why you would choose to remove or replace your implants. There are many factors that may lead you to consider breast implant removal surgery, including personal preferences, changes in body image, and medical concerns. 

Breast implants are not lifetime devices

Breast implants have a finite lifespan, and as many women reach this milestone, they may simply opt to remove their implants without replacing them. 

The most common reasons for breast implant removal are:

Pain or Discomfort

As time passes, you may find that it is more challenging or uncomfortable living with larger and heavier breasts. From difficulty maintaining your fitness goals to shoulder or back pain, discomfort is a driving factor for implant removal.

Lifestyle Changes

Changes in lifestyle and personal preference for a smaller breast size may occur for personal reasons such as it being undesirable or no longer the look you want.

Capsular contracture 

Capsular contracture is the medical term given when a ‘capsule’ of scar tissue forms and thickens around the breast implant. It is the body’s natural response to a foreign object – the implant – and in many cases is not considered dangerous.

However, in some cases, and as time progresses, the capsule can harden and tighten around an implant and cause discomfort, pain or breast shape changes due to distortion and/or shifting of the implant.

In such cases, we recommend a consultation to assess the condition of your implants and check for capsular contracture, rupture or other damage. 

Leakage, Rupture or Migration of Prosthetic Material

Breast implant leakage or rupture can occur due to factors like wear, tear, trauma, or defects in the implant's outer shell. Saline implants deflate harmlessly if ruptured, while silicone implants may leak within the capsule or into surrounding tissue, often requiring surgery for removal. 

Monitoring via imaging techniques such as Ultrasound, CT or MRI may assist in detection of rupture, but are never 100% accurate and the majority of ruptures can only be diagnosed in surgery.

Breast implant illness (BII) and autoimmune disease

Some women experience a variety of symptoms such as fatigue, brain fog, memory problems, joint pain, dry eyes, skin rashes, autoimmune-like symptoms and other symptoms due to their implants.

Breast Implant Illness (BII) is a term used to describe a range of symptoms and health issues that are experienced by some women and may be attributable to their breast implants. Unfortunately, this is not officially recognised as a medical diagnosis.

Dr. Hertess acknowledges the existence of BII (breast implant illness). Although there is no definitive diagnostic test for BII, she can recognise this condition by excluding other potential causes and symptoms.

Types of Breast Implant Removal

Breast implant removal is a fairly standard procedure, though it can be combined with other procedures to help you achieve your desired results.

Breast Implant Removal 

Breast explant on its own is designed to remove your current implants and bring you back to your natural breast tissue.

Breast Implant Removal and Replacement (Revision Surgery)

Breast revision surgery is a procedure done to replace your existing implants with a different implant size or shape. You may choose to keep the same size implants or change to smaller or larger size implants.

Breast Implant Removal with a Breast Lift 

Implant removal with a lift is a combination procedure to remove implants and lift the breast tissue and nipple for a perkier breast shape. In cases where the breast tissue has stretched from your implants, removing the implants may leave loose skin. Dr Hertess will always recommend a lift if she believes this may happen.

Breast Explantation Procedure

There are 4 stages to breast implant removal including consultation, pre-operative preparation, procedure and recovery. This process is detailed to ensure you are fully informed and get the best possible results.


The first step in the breast implant removal process is to schedule a consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon like Dr Hertess. During the consultation, your medical history will be reviewed and any concerns and your desired outcomes will be discussed.

If you are experiencing complications or discomfort from your current implants, additional testing may be required to determine the best course of action for removal. 

Pre-Operative Preparation

Before undergoing the procedure, it is essential to follow all pre-operative instructions provided by Dr Hertess. This may include stopping smoking, certain medications or supplements and avoiding food and drink for a set period before surgery.


The procedure will be performed under general anaethesia in an accredited facility. During the procedure, incisions will be made underneath the breasts to remove the implants and any scar tissue.  In most cases, the same incision in the breast fold used for your initial breast augmentation will be used for removal.

After removing the implants, Dr Hertess will examine your breast tissue and make any necessary adjustments to achieve the desired shape.


Recovery time varies from person to person but usually takes about 4-6 weeks. During this time, it's important to follow your surgeon's post-operative instructions, including wearing a supportive bra and avoiding strenuous activities. 

You may experience some discomfort, swelling and bruising in the first few days after surgery, but this should subside over time. You may also experience a sense of loss and mental anguish that also subsides with time.

It is essential to attend all scheduled follow-up appointments with your surgeon to monitor your healing progress and address any concerns or complications that may arise.

Breast Implant Removal Before and After Photos

See real before and after breast implant removal photos by Specialist Plastic Surgeon, Dr Hertess.

See full gallery for Breast Implant Removal and Breast Implant Removal with Lift

*Results may vary. These outcomes are only relevant for the patient pictured. They do not reflect or guarantee the results you may experience as a result of your breast explant surgery.

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Implant Removal Surgery Risks

All surgery carries risk, including breast implant removal surgery. No two patients are the same, and as such, no two experiences are the same. Even the most qualified and experienced FRACS surgeons cannot guarantee results. 

At Dr Hertess Plastic Surgery we promise to treat you with respect, courtesy, and compassion, educating you on all your options and helping you to make a truly informed decision.

Breast implant removal side effects may include:

  • Scar tissue formation
  • Changes in breast shape or size 
  • Temporary numbness or tingling in the breasts and nipples 
  • Infection 

Dr Hertess will always discuss any potential risks and complications with you before undergoing a breast implant removal procedure.  

It is important to acknowledge that following breast implant removal your breasts may not look the same as they did before implants.

Breast Explantation Surgery FAQs

Is breast implant removal a major surgery?

Yes, breast implant removal is considered a major surgery as it involves general anaesthesia and incisions to remove the implants.

How painful is breast implant removal?

The surgery itself is not painful as you will be under a general anaesthetic. 

Pain levels vary from person to person, but after breast implant removal surgery,  most patients report mild to moderate discomfort. Pain medication will also be  prescribed to help you manage any discomfort during the recovery process. 

Will I have a scar after breast implant removal?

Yes, there will be a scar from the incisions made during the surgery. However, the scar will be made over the old breast augmentation incision. 

If scarring is a concern for you, be assured that Dr Hertess uses techniques to minimise scarring and may also recommend scar management treatments to help reduce their appearance. 

Will I be left with sagging breasts after explant surgery?

It depends on individual factors such as skin elasticity, previous pregnancies, and weight loss or gain. In some cases, a breast lift may be recommended at the time of implant removal for optimal results.

Can my original breast size return after explant surgery?

Your natural breast size may return after explant surgery, but this cannot be guaranteed. Your body will need time to adjust and heal from the effects of having implants.

What happens to your breasts when you remove implants?

When implants are removed, the breasts will likely appear smaller and may have loose skin or sagging. It is important to discuss your desired outcome with your surgeon before the procedure to ensure proper adjustments can be made during surgery.

How long does it take to recover from breast explantation? 

Recovery time varies for each individual, but most patients can resume normal daily activities within 1-2 weeks. Strenuous activities should be avoided for at least 4-6 weeks after surgery. It's essential to follow all post-operative instructions provided by your surgeon for a smooth recovery process.

How much does it cost to get breast implants removed in Australia?

The cost of breast implant removal in Australia can vary depending on the surgeon, location, and individual case. It's best to consult with Dr Hertess for an accurate quote. Medicare and private health insurance may also cover some of the costs if there is a medical reason for removing the implants.  However, you should be prepared for out-of-pocket expenses that are not covered by insurance. 

Is breast implant removal covered by Medicare?

Medicare may cover your breast implant removal surgery if it is deemed medically necessary.  This may include cases of capsular contracture, implant rupture, or other complications. However, it's best to consult with your surgeon and health insurance provider for specific details on coverage.

Will my health insurance cover breast implant removal?

In some cases, if you are eligible for Medicare coverage, your private health insurer may help with some of the surgical costs including the hospital and anaesthetic fees. Always check your level of coverage to see if this applies to you.

Book a Consultation for Breast Implant Removal on the Gold Coast

Breast implant removal surgery can be a life-changing decision if you're experiencing discomfort or dissatisfaction with your current implants. Always consult with a specialist plastic surgeon like Dr Hertess to discuss your options and ensure you receive the best possible results from the procedure. 

Book your initial consultation for breast implant removal today.

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