Ask the Doctor- Can I have my silicone implants removed?

This week, James E. Craigie, MD, of The Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction answers your question.

Question:  Three years ago I had a double mastectomy after being diagnosed with breast cancer. Can I have my silicone implants removed? And what is the recovery time?

Answer: You can always choose to have your implants removed. If no further reconstruction is done, recovery time ranges from a few days to two weeks, possibly longer, depending on your individual situation.

If you have the implants removed and then have reconstruction with your own tissue, recovery is a lot longer, usually about two months.

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