A breast implant is a foreign body. The body responds to it with a rejection reaction: scar tissue develops around the implant, also called a capsule. Over time, this capsule may thicken and cause discomfort. Possible discomforts include pain flare-ups, breast deformity, hardening of the breast, asymmetry between the two breasts or displacement of the implant.



A breast implant has to be removed if it causes discomfort and contour malformation due to capsular contracture. This capsule has to be removed and examined histologically. The thickened capsule may also contract and cause folds in the implant, which may lead to a risk of rupture of the implant. 



The plastic surgeon will examine both breasts and, if necessary, will request an additional radiological examination. He / she will take your medical history and possibly photographs for your medical file. Depending on your wishes, new implants may be inserted. Discuss this in detail with your plastic surgeon, as well as your expectations and the feasibility of the operation.



Through the existing incision, the implants will be removed, as well as the scar tissue inside the breast (the capsule). All scar tissue is sent for histological examination. If agreed, new implants can be placed or a lipofilling procedure can be performed to add a limited volume. Possible silicone particles released after tearing must be thoroughly removed.



  • infection
  • decreased sensitivity or hypersensitivity in the breast or nipple
  • haemorrhage (after removal of scar tissue)
  • allergy
  • poor wound healing.