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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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Our Plan for Resuming In-Office Patient Care

We are pleased to annouce our very soft re-opening to patients this Monday, May 4th. We are not opening to full capacity as we are closely following the recommendations of the American Society of Plastic Surgery and our numerous professional affiliations and governing boards. We will be seeing a very limited number of patients per day. The following outlines our plan and what we are doing to keep you safe.


You will be called the day before your appointment and screened for any symptoms. Any symptoms will require rescheduling.

Upon your arrival your temperature will be taken and you will be asked to rescheduled if over 100.0.

You must wear a mask upon entering the building and will only remove if getting a procedure done on the face. We ask that you please bring a mask to your appointment. Due to limited availability we will provide a mask to you for a charge of $5.

No one can accompany you into the office unless there are significant mobility or communication issues you need help with and in that case only one person can come with you. You may not bring children to your appointment.

Our waiting room is closed. You may enter the building to check in and gather any paperwork you may require and return to your car. You will be called when your room is ready.

Office Safety and Sanitation

Employees will also complete a daily questionnaire and have their temperature taken and will be sent home if there are any symptoms. Employees will wear personal protective equipment throughout your entire visit.

Each room and all areas that patients and employees touch including office supplies or equipment will be sanitized thoroughly between patients according to CDC guidelines.

We have missed you and look forward to seeing you back in the office!

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