Breast Implant Removal and Replacement in Chicago and Vernon Hills, IL

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Introduction to breast implant removal and replacement

 Breast Implant Removal and Replacement

Breast implants are not designed to be permanent and will need to be replaced or removed at some point in a patient’s lifetime. Implants don’t have an expiration date, but patients can expect a typical longevity of approximately 10 years. Often, women
who have had physical changes over the years find their implants don’t suit their body anymore and are ready to have them removed or replaced.

Am I a candidate?

Treatment Type

Cosmetic Surgery

Treatment Time

1 to 3 hours


General Anesthesia

Back to Work

1 to 2 weeks, with restrictions such as lifting, extending your arms, and repetitive motions that can lengthen the healing time

Total Recovery Time

Up to 6 weeks depending on healing time

Duration of Results


# of Treatments


Treatment overview

The goal of breast implant removal or replacement surgery is to remove or replace the breast implants and/or any scar tissue (capsule) that formed around the implants. The results are immediate and permanent improvements to the size and shape of the breasts can occur.


Used to Treat

There are a number of reasons you might want breast implant removal or replacement surgery. These include:

Seeking a larger or smaller implant/replacement

Buildup of calcium deposits around the capsule of the implant

Desired appearance of breast shape has changed

Physical changes in body that no longer suits an implant

Shifting or movement of one or both implants

Breast Implant Illness (BIL)


Benefits of a Breast Implant Removal or Replacement

Dr. Leonard Lu has successfully performed hundreds of breast surgeries including breast augmentation, mastopexy/breast lift, breast reduction and breast revisions. However, some patients wish to remove or replace their implants for several reasons. A few benefits may include:

  • Clearer mammogram results
  • Your breasts will look and feel more natural
  • Removing large implants may decrease neck or back pain
  • Treat capsular contracture
  • Potential resolution of symptoms attributed to Breast Implant Illness (BIL)

How it Works

The Consultation

At RL Center for Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa, each initial patient consultation is different. Depending on your needs, desired treatments, areas of concern, and simply who you are as a patient, we will schedule you with an actual treatment provider to discuss your goals, budget, and more. During this appointment, we will go through before & after photos, your medical history, and any questions you might have. Only then can we make a recommendation for which procedures or treatments may be right for you and why. We will be sure to educate you on how the treatments work, including what to expect during and afterward.

We charge $100 for surgical consultations that last about 40 minutes. At the end of your consultation, you will leave our office in Vernon Hills with a thorough, personalized treatment plan. And when you’re ready, we’ll schedule your surgery for a day and time that works for your schedule.

The Procedure

A breast implant exchange can often be performed under local anesthesia. This surgery involves injection of a local anesthetic into the incision to be made (often at the fold of the breast) and then removal of the previously placed implant. The type and size of the replacement implant is determined by the patient in conjunction with our recommendations. There is a rare association of previously placed textured surfaced implants with a cancer called Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (ALCL). Some patients would like to have these textured implants replaced with smooth surfaced implants. At the RL Center for Cosmetic Surgery and Medspa, we are experienced in these issues and can help guide patients through these decisions.

A breast implant removal can be performed under local anesthesia if the capsule of the implant (which is the scar tissue that normally forms around the implant) is left in place. If the implant and capsule are removed together, this is referred to as an en bloc removal, and is typically performed under sedation or a general anesthesia. In either case after an implant is permanently removed, a breast lift/mastopexy may be recommended to reshape the breast, reposition the nipple/areola, and excise excess skin (especially once the implant is removed). Patients with symptoms of Breast Implant Illness (BIL) often prefer an en bloc removal of the implant and capsule to remove all implant material and any scar tissue that formed around the implant. There is evidence that some patients who experience BIL symptoms experience resolution or improvement of their symptoms after removal of the implants/capsule.

In patients with capsular contracture, the capsule around the implant has become abnormally thick and may result in changes in the feel (feels firmer), shape (implant appears higher) and sensation (soreness or pain) of the breast. For patients who want to retain breast implants, this surgery involves a capsulectomy (removal of the thickened capsule) and then replacement of the implant. A site change of the implant to above or below the pectoralis major muscle can be considered as well.

The Recovery

Although the healing process can vary, recovery from breast implant removal or replacement typically takes several weeks. It is normal to have some pain, discomfort, and swelling shortly after your surgery.

For the first one to two weeks after surgery, you will need to avoid some of your usual activities, such as driving. During recovery, you will need to limit strenuous activity and heavy lifting. Many people have tenderness or soreness for up to six weeks.

Before & After

Results of a Breast Implant Removal or Replacement

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Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs about Breast Implant Removal or Replacement

Breast Implant Removal or Replacement near you

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An improved silhouette is just one click or phone call away. Contact us online or by phone at (847) 367-8815 to book your consultation to learn more about arm lifts and the personalized surgery process at RL Center for Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa.

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Happy patients


Dr Lu and his staff are wonderful! I’ve gone through two surgeries and have not been disappointed. I can’t say I’m looking forward to the next surgery, but I know I’m in good hands and will be well taken care of. There isn’t any other team I would place my trust in.

Katie is a gem and the best addition to that team. I have so many questions and she is always there ready to deal with my anxiety with a calm voice of reason and a smile. I feel like she has truly listened to me and genuinely cares about me.

-Nicole Hatfield

Dr. Lu and his staff were professional, efficient and very friendly throughout the entire process. They addressed any concern I had and answered all my questions. I never felt rushed with any appointment and they made me feel like I was a priority.

On the day of the surgery, any nerves I had were reassured by the professionalism and experience Dr. Lu and his staff demonstrated. It was great getting a text from Dr. Lu the next day to see how I was doing, and knowing I could text him any time with concerns or questions.

I would highly recommend Dr. Lu for any cosmetic surgery, he’s the best in the area. I had gone to a plastic surgeon a couple years ago in Schaumburg and I had a totally different experience. The staff there seemed ‘bothered’ with questions I asked and the doctor made some troubling comments when I had expressed some concerns about my results. So when I met Dr. Lu, I knew I was making the right choice to have him do my surgery.

-Dru Hay

Dr Lu and his associates are wonderful and always explain everything in detail. They took time to answer all my questions and my surgery results look better than I anticipated.
-Nina Whittaker

Very friendly team, they are all very professional, it is a very clean facility. Dr.Leonard Lu does wonderful work. I am very happy with my results.

-Cynthia Brechel

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