About Implant Removal
If you are considering breast implant removal surgery like the many women that have visited us from New Orleans, Metairie, Houma, Baton Rouge, Mandeville, Covington and beyond please come in for a free consultation. We offer breast implant removal procedures to women (even if the original surgery did not take place with our plastic surgeons) at Dr. Black Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery. Breast implant removal surgery is performed by our board-certified plastic surgeons, Dr. Elliott Black or Dr. Summer Black for women who no longer wish to have their saline or silicone breast implants for medical or personal reasons. Breast implant leaking, breast implant rupture, capsular contracture or Breast Implant Illness a.k.a. BII are all medical reasons to have breast implants removed. Women who ask for breast implant removal for personal reasons, may just want a size change or the implants no longer fit their lifestyle. Our plastic surgeons will listen to your concerns, and make recommendations based on your health. We generally recommend taking out the implants and the capsule (capsulectomy) during the time of breast implant removal. We would like to extend an invitation to a private consultation in our Metairie, LA office if you are searching for a compassionate plastic surgeon to meet this need.
Breast Implant Removal Reviews
"Please see my full review of Dr. Summer Black on Google. I couldn't post the full review on this site..too much to say and it is limited on space. Amazing surgeon. Wonderful person:)Highly recommend!"- T. / Healthgrades / Sep 17, 2021
"What an experience! This is going to be a long review. My surgical procedure with Dr. Summer Black could not have gone better. She placed the incisions perfectly and the closure was beautiful! I am three weeks post op and can barely see the scars. Not only is she a highly skilled surgeon, she is also a warm and caring person. This concern for her patients continues after discharge. She personally texted me daily to see how I was doing. I have never had a surgeon do this ..it was even more astounding that she was doing it after a category 4 hurricane! Hurricane Ida had landed not quite two days after my surgery. There was no way in or out of Metairie/New Orleans area. There was no power, water, rental cars, buses, or flights. My Mom and I were staying at a hotel across the street from the surgical center. One of the hotel staff had told us that they were probably going to evacuate the hotel and that we needed to find somewhere to go. We had flown in from the west coast and didn't know anyone in the area. Dr. Black graciously offered that we stay at the surgical center until we could find a way out of town. Amazing. This review extends to all of Dr. Black's staff. From the wonderful Patty(another kind and amazing soul) at the office to everyone at Crescent City Surgical Center(separate review coming for all of the angels there). When the roads had cleared later that week, Dr. Shows (an anesthesiologist at Crescent City Surgical) actually volunteered and drove us to Baton Rouge- that is over an hour away! The kindness and generosity that we experienced from these people during the aftermath of Ida was incredible. It was something I'll never forget. I want to go back and visit the area (just not during hurricane season :)) I HIGHLY recommend Dr. Black and Crescent City Surgical Center."- T.M. / Google / Sep 17, 2021
"I am in awe of Dr. Black's expertise in Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery. My heart wears a SMILE when I think of her rare and unmatched care of my health from consultation to post-op. In fact, when I began the search for a top-notch surgeon, Dr. Black came highly recommended by a trusted friend. Their faith in her skills was confirmed during the consultation when she genuinely listened to my health history with compassion and honesty. I was so impressed when she guided me away from breast revision surgery due to health concerns, to the type of treatment that was in my personal best interest. In fact, it’s unusual for a cosmetic surgeon to encourage a patient to exclude lifts or fat graphs. To top it all off, I felt like a celebrity during my stay at Crescent City Surgical Center. It was a magnificent bonus to have her father, Dr. Elliott, assist in my surgery and to be cared for by Nurse Patti and her amazing staff. She is a world-class doctor and a kind and caring specialist. "- C.B. / Healthgrades / Oct 01, 2021
"There are not enough good things that I can say about Dr. Summer Black. She and her staff were incredibly knowledgable and helpful throughout the entirety of my breast explant. It was important for me to find a doctor that understood what I was going through and that focused on this type of procedure. The surgery center staff was also incredible. My recovery was smooth and I could not have asked for better looking incision scars. I'm forever grateful for Dr. Black and her staff. You will be in great hands with her."- C.A. / Google / Mar 29, 2022
"My incisions look beautiful as do my new natural breasts! - Dr. Black performed my breast ex-plant surgery. I cannot say enough good things about her & her staff & the surgery center where she performs her surgeries. ALL TOP NOTCH! I went in because my implants were hard & encapsulated. I was having some breast pain & had rashes that would come & go in my breast & abdomen area. I had a few other symptoms but really wasn't sure if they were related to my implants. My main issue was the extreme hardness & pain. She thoroughly examined me & decided I needed both capsules removed & sent to pathology for review after removal. I was on board with this decision & was more than confident she would do the best job out of any other surgeons I had looked into. After ex-plant & full capsulectomy my pathology came back with a rare cancer found in the capsule that surrounded one of my implants. Before my follow up appt. Dr. Black had contacted a physician at MD Anderson who is an expert in the type of cancer I was diagnosed with. She put me in touch with him & I went to see him 2 weeks later. I am happy to report I am cancer free but if it were not for Dr. Black removing the entire capsule I don't know what my outcome would have been. She did such an amazing job meticulously ensuring everything was removed. I am forever grateful for her skills & I highly recommend her as a surgeon. My incisions look beautiful as do my new natural breasts! Thank you so much for taking such good care of me!!!"- V. / RealSelf / Feb 04, 2023
Do I Qualify?
Women with breast implants may want to have their breast implants removed (explant) for medical or personal reasons. If you are a patient in good health and can tolerate general or local anesthesia, you are a good candidate for this procedure. Of course, our plastic surgeon will want to discuss in great detail all of your health concerns and why you no longer wish to have your breast implants. We will listen to your concerns, and guide our treatment planning based on your aesthetic needs and health goals.
What to Expect
Your breast implant removal procedure will usually be performed under a general anesthetic. Implant removal surgery generally takes about 1 – 2 hours to complete. The incisions will be closed with sutures, and the area will be bandaged. You will recover in our post-operation recovery room. Out of town patients generally spend the night at our first class hospital facility and are discharged the following morning. After breast implant removal or explantation, the implants can be returned to you or discarded depending on your wishes.
Most women are surprised by how good their breasts look after their implants are removed but some women require additional surgery. Women, who have large breast implants or who have had their implants in for many years may be left with deflated breast tissue once the implant is removed, however, the the skin and breast tissue does tend to get firmer and tighter over time just as a woman's abdomen does after she has a baby. If necessary, Dr. Black can do a breast lift to tighten the skin and enhance the contour and shape of the breast. A breast lift can be done alone or in conjunction with fat grafting to the breast. You may also have the option for the implant to be exchanged. This will all be discussed during the initial consultation and treatment planning.
Plan Your Procedure
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If you would like to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon about the removal of your breast implants with an exchange, call Dr. Black Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery for a completely private consultation. We have many years of experience in working with women with breast implants, and understand that breast implant removal is necessary in particular cases. Schedule your appointment in our Metairie, LA office at your earliest convenience.