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Many women come to Dr. Merriman for breast implant removal. The reasons for removing implants vary from woman to woman, and include:

  • Implant rupture
  • Implants too large
  • Implants too small
  • Breast asymmetry
  • Capsular contracture
  • Older implants
  • Rippling
  • Breasts sitting unevenly on chest
  • A wish to return to natural breast size
  • Concerns about textured implants and the risk of BIA-ALCL

What are my options after removal?

Some women make the decision to return to their natural breast size. Depending upon the condition of the skin and breast tissue, a breast lift may be required so your breasts look round and youthful. You may choose to have your implants replaced if you were unhappy with size or appearance, or you experienced an implant rupture or complication. A highly respected, board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Merriman is gifted with the expertise and artistry you can trust to perform your implant removal correctly.

How long do breast implants last?

Breast implants come with a 10-year warranty but may last far longer. If you have had implants in place for years, ensure you have them checked each year. While there is no need to replace implants at the ten-year mark, testing will reveal if the implant has ruptured. Silicone implants can have what is termed a “silent rupture,” which should be addressed immediately.

Breast lift after implant removal — will I need it?

Also called a “mastopexy,” a breast lift does not change breast size but restores a youthful, plump, rounded shape and location on the chest. After implant removal, some women will have a more attractive result by undergoing a breast lift.

What is a fat graft?

Natural fat grafting can subtly increase breast volume. Using gentle liposuction, fat is harvested from tummy, thighs, or buttocks, then purified and injected into the breasts. This procedure can increase breast volume by about one cup size, or natural fat can be added around the implant for a smoother, more natural look. Rejection or side effects are virtually nonexistent: the fat is your own, and your body recognizes your own cells.

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Textured implant removal

Recently the FDA has issued a recall on Allergen textured implants, due to an increased risk of a rare cancer, called BIA-ALCL. This cancer is usually completely treatable simply by removing the textured implants. It is not completely clear why textured implants have proven to have a higher risk (although very low), but it is believed that the textured surface leads to ongoing inflammation which can lead to the development of this cancer. If you have concerns about the health risks of textured surface breast implants, Dr. Merriman can remove them and replace them with smooth implants, for your health and peace of mind.

You will be treated with professionalism, kindness, and exceptional skill.

Meet with us and discover a clinic where we focus on creating natural-looking results in every procedure.

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients,

We are doing our part to limit the spread of COVID-19. We are still here and working but not currently offering treatments. We are available to answer any questions you have. Our number one priority is safety of our patients, staff and our community.

We are seeing our patients who have recently had surgery for suture removal and to make sure your recovery is safe. We will keep the reception area empty and you will go straight back to an exam room. We will wear masks for your protection. Please only bring one person with you and if possible, it would be best if they can stay in your car during your visit.

We are offering Tele-Health visits for Surgical and Non-surgical consultations. It will be done the same way as an in person consultation would be done, except we will use video to communicate with you. This is done using our Electronic Medical Record and ensures your privacy. Having that consultation process done will allow you to schedule surgery and treatments so they can be done as soon as we are able to provide them again. I believe that after this ordeal, we will all be ready to do something nice for ourselves!

We are providing people with the chance to purchase products. We can bring them to your car. You can also purchase gift cards and we are developing several packages we want to offer. We are also shipping products during this time.

We understand all this uncertainty is frustrating and we apologize for the inconvenience. This situation changes day to day and we will keep you updated as we know more.

So what are we doing since we are not filling our schedule doing surgery, lasers, fillers, Botox, Dysport etc?

We are doing staff training. We will continue to brainstorm and think of ways we can provide even more exceptional patient experience.

We will be making videos and continuing to post on social media. Some of these will be educational and some will be to entertain! How entertaining will probably depend on how stir-crazy we get!

Be safe and be smart. Do your part to slow this virus down. And please, support your local businesses as much as possible.

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