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Breast implant removal

In some cases, some women opt to remove their implants, without replacing them. This is called breast implant explant. It can be done in conjunction with a lift of remaining skin and tissue to ensure excess skin is tightened.

Dr Moncrieff not only removes the implants, but the entire capsule around the implants (called an en bloc capsulectomy).

There are a number of reasons women seek this procedure with Dr Moncrieff – sometimes older breast implants have become hard (called capsular contraction) or other medical issues, or they no longer suit a woman’s lifestyle after many years.


Vectra simulation appointments

Our $50 Vectra surgery simulation appointments can be booked with our Practice Manager Jessica. The simulator may not be able to show a photo of likely results of a removal and/or lift in many cases, but the appointment still gives you the the opportunity to discuss the surgical journey including possible Medicare and fund rebates, likely costs, results Dr Moncrieff has achieved for similar patients, and access to earlier appointments if you wish to continue exploring your options with Dr Moncrieff. The $50 Vectra appointment fee is rebated off Dr Moncrieff’s consultation fee if you proceed.


More information

Discover more, including information on costs, hospital arrangements and recovery by scrolling down.

Call us on 4920 7700 to make an appointment or use the contact form below.

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Key Points

Removal with lift – no new implant 

Dr Moncrieff generally does not recommend a removal without lift because the skin and tissue will usually be too stretched to retract and the result is not cosmetically pleasing and can lead to chronic skin irritation under the lax breast tissue.

A removal with a surgical lift is from $16,000 total out of pocket for an insured patient. This is inclusive of the surgeon’s fee, hospital stay, garment and anaesthetist’s fee.

To see more about what’s involved in a surgical lift, please visit our lift page.

A lift is a more complex and time consuming surgery that a replacement of an implant, so takes more time in theatre. This results in the extra fees for the hospital, surgeon, anaesthetist, etc.

Removal only 

In some cases, generally for smaller implants which have only been in a short time, it is possible to remove implants and not lift the remaining skin. This ranges from $6,500 – $10,000 depending on insurance coverage and complexity of the removal.

We understand that surgery is a serious investment. To help you understand your payment options you may like to read our dedicated article here.

Performed under General Anaesthetic in hospital

Overnight stay

One week off work, garment/bra for 6 weeks

Yes, Medicare Item Numbers – 45551 – removal only

We do not see patients within 6 months following surgery elsewhere. This is because the original doctor is required by law to provide post-operative care and surgery takes time to settle. We also have no insight into exactly how the surgery has been performed, the implants used and infection control employed so we can’t have a full insight into how patients from other clinics should be managed in the post operative phase, unlike our own patients.

If you remain unhappy about your results after 6 months and you have been unable to get a agreed path forward with your original doctor, then we recommend you see your GP for a referral to us and also a referral for an ultrasound before you see us.

If you are experiencing a serious complication from surgery elsewhere such as an infection or wound breakdown, you should contact that clinic urgently. You should also consider presenting at emergency or your GP if you are unable to get in contact with that clinic.

Dr Nicholas Moncrieff

“I understand that sometimes implants no longer suit your lifestyle or have caused medical issues over time. Removing the implants and lifting the remaining tissue is an option in these cases.”