Body Implant Removal in Beverly Hills
Calf, Pectoral & Buttock Implant Removal
Dr. David Sayah specializes in removing unwanted or compromised body implants. If you had pectoral implants, calf implants or buttock implants and want or need them to be removed, please request a consultation with Dr. Sayah to learn more about your options.
Male Pectoral Implants
While far more rare than breast augmentation in women, some men choose to have pectoral implants to achieve their ideal athletic shape. Pectoral implants have many of the same risks as breast implants and may have to be removed sometime in the future.
- Common reasons for removing male pectoral implants:
- Infection: If the chest implants are complicated with infection, removal of the implant becomes necessary as there is almost no way to effectively treat the infection with antibiotics alone. The pectoral implant can be replaced once the infection has fully resolved.
- Extrusion: A firm pectoral implant in the male chest can, at some point, extrude or become exposed through an open wound on the chest. If diagnosed early enough and the implant has not yet become infected, wound closure with repositioning of the implant may be possible.
- Change in shape: As with other types of implants, pectoral implants may shift in position or shape. If the resulting chest unevenness or asymmetry is severe enough, removal or repositioning of the implant will be necessary.
- Asymmetry : In some cases, significant chest asymmetry or unevenness may result after insertion of pectoral implants. Pectoral implants may accentuate or bring to attention pre-existing chest asymmetry which was present even before the implants.
- Personal dissatisfaction: There is a small chance that you will not be perfectly satisfied with your results after pectoral implants are placed. Once the inflammation and swelling have subsided, you will be better able to assess the results from your surgery. If the results are grossly off, you may choose to have your implants revised or removed even before the swelling has fully resolved.
Calf Implant Removal
Some men and women choose calf implants to accentuate the shape of their calves. Because of the constant motion of the legs and the thin overlying skin, complications leading to the removal of calf implants are unfortunately quite high.
- Common problems which require removal of calf implants:
- Infection: As with other implants, infections may occur with calf implants. Once infected, a course of antibiotics may be started, but typically calf implant removal is required as the infections usually do not resolve with antibiotics alone. After the calf implant is removed and the infection resolved, another implant may be replaced.
- Nerve compression: Calf implants may compress or place too much pressure on sensory nerves which carry sensation from the foot or leg to the brain. The implant may also compress a motor nerve which provides innervation to muscles in the leg or foot. If such a compression is noted, removal of the calf implant is mandatory to minimize nerve injury.
- Extrusion: Due to the degree of motion at the legs, calf implants are constantly under pressure. If there is a wound healing problem or infection at the insertion site, the calf implants may extrude or become exposed through the incision. In such rare instances, the calf implant must be removed until the infection, or the wound healing problem has fully resolved. As in other implants, the calf implant can be replaced afterward.
- Asymmetry: Indeed no two legs are ever the same. The natural asymmetry or unevenness in a person’s legs can sometimes be highlighted with calf implants. The calf implants may also shift in position or be placed unequally in the legs leading to further asymmetry. If moderate to severe, the calf implants may need to be repositioned in the calves.
- Shifting: With the constant contraction of the calves with every step, calf implants may shift in their position over time. If severe, such shifts can distort the shape of the legs and cause asymmetry or deformities of the legs. The calf implants may have to be removed or repositioned in such cases.
- Personal dissatisfaction: In rare instances, you may be dissatisfied with the results of your calf implants. You may consider removal of your calf implant in such instances.
Buttock Implant Removal
Buttock implants are inserted to enhance the gluteal area in men and women. Due to the special function and location of the buttocks, any implant in that region will have to withstand prolonged movement and pressure, particularly in the sitting position. Also, as the incisions for inserting buttock implants are close to the anus, wound infections are particularly prevalent.
- Infection: An infection at any cosmetic implant will be difficult to treat with antibiotics alone due to the lack of blood vessels within the implant. An infected buttock implant will, therefore, have to be removed until the infection has fully resolved. The buttock implant can be replaced once the infection has resolved. It is imperative to identify the source of the infection to best avoid future problems.
- Extrusion: A wound healing problem, infection, or constant pressure at the buttock implant may eventually lead to extrusion of the buttock implant. Once a potential extrusion is identified, the buttock implant should either be removed, or steps must be taken to provide adequate coverage of the buttock implant with healthy tissue.
- Nerve Compression: As with calf implants, there are several important nerves near the location of buttock implants. In rare instances, the implant may compress these critical nerves and thereby lead to weakness or numbness of the associated leg. Removal of the buttock implant soon after the diagnosis of nerve compression has been made is imperative.
- Asymmetry: Not all buttocks are created equal, not even in the same person! Asymmetry or uneven buttocks may result after buttock implants either due to accentuation of pre-existing asymmetry or uneven placement of the buttock implants. If severe enough, the implants may have to removed or adjusted.
- Shifting: There is no effective way to be sure buttock implants stay in the same position they are placed in during surgery. Shifting of the buttock implants may lead to asymmetry, uneven results or deformity of the buttocks. In such instances, the buttock implants may have to be removed or their position corrected.
- Personal Dissatisfaction: If you are very dissatisfied with your buttock implant results, removal of the buttock implants may be an option. As in breasts, removal of the buttock implants can lead to sagging buttocks which may require a buttock lift after implant removal.
If you have suffered any complications with implants or would simply like to return to your natural appearance before the implants, The Sayah Institute can help. Dr. Sayah's more than a decade of expertise as a board certified plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills can be put to work in improving your physical comfort and appearance.*
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