Tips for Recovery from Breast Implant Removal

With so many breast augmentation surgeries performed in the United States and Southern California, breast implant removal or explant surgery is quickly becoming a trending procedure in aesthetic medicine. The reasons for this vary, from implants deteriorating, complications from the initial surgery or the patient is entering a new phase in her life where the breast contour she chose years ago no longer applies to her lifestyle. 

During his consultations for breast implant removal or any of the other procedures he offers, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Maher Anous provides detailed instructions on how best to prepare for surgery. He also will offer helpful hints on how to approach recovery to ensure the best results possible for breast surgery. Here are a few.

Make Sure You Have Help

You will need a responsible adult to accompany you to the surgical center to drive you home after surgery and to stay with you for the first few days of recovery. You will not be able to do housework like cooking or cleaning, and you will need someone to monitor your progress in the early stages of healing. Also, if you have young children, you won’t be able to pick them up. 

Most patients have a friend or family member to help them with this, or if possible, hire a home health care service.

Sleep and Relax on Your Back

This hint is easy enough to understand, as the incisions to remove your implants are on your chest. Sleep is when the body heals itself at a higher rate, so you should do everything possible to ensure you sleep well. Although it may seem a bit challenging to get comfortable, especially for patients who are naturally side or stomach sleepers, the pain meds should help you sleep in the early stages of recovery.

Pick up Your Prescriptions Before Returning Home

Breast implant removal involves general anesthesia, which will put you to sleep during surgery. When you wake, you may experience some discomfort, which your medical team can address at the surgical center. But when you get home, the last thing you want is to experience pain without the proper medication handy. Also, Dr. Anous will prescribe other medications, like antibiotics, you will need to take as well. To ensure you have these handy, pick up your prescription before surgery so you can get ahead of the pain, and relax with comfort when you get home.

Prepare a Comfortable Place to Relax

You should have a designated spot in your home where you can relax, sleep, and entertain yourself during recovery. This space may be your bedroom, a lounge chair, or a comfortable sofa where you can have books, magazines, and electronic devices handy. You should also be able to get to the restroom without moving too far. If possible, a small refrigerator for drinks and snacks close by would be ideal.


Make sure you have plenty of water to keep hydrated as you heal. Hydration is essential during recovery because the body needs it to heal properly. If you have an ice chest, stock it with plenty of water and place it near your comfortable spot. 

To learn more about breast implant removal surgery, schedule a complimentary consultation today.