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Breast Implant Removal (Explant)

Gold Coast, Melbourne, Sydney and Cairns

What is breast implant removal?
Although breast implants remain popular, some women decide for various reasons to undergo breast implant removal surgery – also known as breast explant. This is the removal of their breast implants, returning you back to your natural shape.

The procedure involves careful removal of the breast implant.

After the breast implant removal, you can consider breast revision surgery techniques, for example, a breast lift or fat transfer.


All inclusive with lifetime follow-up care.


See your potential results.


1-2 weeks off work depending on your job.


Gold Coast, Melbourne, Sydney, and Cairns with online consultations available.


All breast implant removal surgery before and after results shown were performed by MINKST surgeons. The results shown are only relevant for these patients and do not necessarily reflect the results other patients may experience, as results may vary due to many factors including the individual’s genetics, diet and exercise. See more results here.

Breast Explant
Breast Explant with Lift
Breast Explant with Lift
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MINKST offers all the options with state of the art technology and techniques to enhance your breast implant removal surgery experience including our 3D plastic surgery simulator. Even before your surgery consultation with your MINKST surgeon, our expert team will inform and guide you. We will ensure you are prepared and ready to get most out of your consultation.

Pre Surgery Consultation with your MINKST surgeon

At this consultation your MINKST surgeon will listen to what you want to achieve and develop with you a personalised operation plan.

Your surgeon will also ensure you have a clear understanding of the risk of breast explant surgery.

Surgery Day

Your procedure will be performed as day surgery under general anaesthetic in an accredited, licensed hospital. The breast implant removal surgery itself takes around an hour. You will spend typically a couple of hours under close supervision in the recovery area before being discharged. You will need a responsible adult to take you home and stay with you for the first night.

Post Surgery

You will have your surgeon’s mobile phone number in case you need them and the MINKST team will regularly be in touch to ensure everything is running smoothly. We will have arranged your first post operative check up with your surgeon before you leave the hospital.


Why choose MINKST for your surgery?

  • Our cumulative experience exceeds 50 years in the cosmetic surgery field
  • MINKST Medical Director, Dr Daniel Fleming has performed over 6,000 breast implant procedures with over 25 years of experience, is internationally recognised as an author and researcher and acts as an advisor to the TGA.
  • All our Australian qualified doctors meet our stringent standards and are all fellows of the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery (ACCS) or the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) – contact us for more details including qualifications, experience and their results
  • Led by your MINKST doctor, our team of experts will guide you through the entire surgical journey to help you achieve your best possible result.


Breast explant surgery is a day procedure with no need for an overnight stay. If you are not a local and cannot travel home, we have options for you.

Every patient is different but generally breast explant patients experience mild to moderate pain during their recovery. Medication will be prescribed in case you need it. Approximately a week after surgery most patients can return to work. If you have a physical job you may need longer.

During the first few weeks some swelling and bruising will be present whilst the tissue is healing. This initially feels quite firm but gradually softens. After approximately 3 months your tissue will be settled and you will see the final results.


MINKST offers breast implant and breast augmentation surgery in various locations throughout Australia, including major cities such as Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast, and more.

We also offer our services in regional areas across the country.

Breast Implant Removal (Explant) Risks

Breast explant (breast implant removal), like any surgical procedure, carries certain risks that individuals should be aware of before making a decision.

Common risks associated with breast explant include infection, bleeding, adverse reaction to anaesthesia, scarring, changes in nipple or breast sensation, asymmetry. Additionally, breast tissue may be stretched or thinned after implant removal, impacting the natural appearance of the breasts which may result in the want for future revision surgeries.

It is important to consult with an appropriately qualified surgeon, thoroughly discuss all the potential risks, and carefully weigh the benefits against the risks to make an informed decision.


How long do saline breast implants last?
On average, saline breast implants last around 10 to 15 years before they may need to be replaced due to issues such as deflation, rupture, or changes in breast appearance. Saline implants are not regularly used by our MINKST doctors / surgeons due to the risk of deflation.


How long does it take to heal after breast implant removal?
The healing time after breast implant removal varies but typically involves initial discomfort for a few days to a week, with swelling and bruising subsiding over several weeks. It’s crucial to follow your post-operative instructions and attend follow-up appointments for optimal recovery.


What will my breasts look like after having breast implants removed?
Post-explant appearance varies depending on factors like skin elasticity, implant size, and tissue changes. The goal is to get your breasts looking as close to what they did before implants. Sometimes a breast lift can be used in conjunction with the explant. Scarring depends on incision type and healing. It’s normal to experience emotional adjustment, seeking support from loved ones or professionals if needed. Ultimately, individual experiences and outcomes vary, so discussing expectations with your MINKST doctor/ surgeon beforehand can provide realistic insights.

In Australia, Medicare may cover some of the cost of breast implant removal surgery under certain circumstances. If the removal is deemed medically necessary due to complications or health concerns, such as implant rupture, capsular contracture, or other issues impacting your health, Medicare may provide coverage.


When is breast implant removal covered by insurance?
However, if the removal is purely for cosmetic reasons or personal preference, Medicare typically does not cover the cost. In such cases, you would be responsible for covering the expenses associated with the procedure.

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