Let’s Get Real | Dr. Robert Rehnke

Are you aware that there are options to have your implants removed and still have a natural, youthful, perky breast?

Over the past year and a half to two years our practice has seen a tremendous increase in patients' wanting their implants (both saline and silicone) removed.

In the past year alone, Dr. Rehnke removed more implants than he implanted.

In 2015, about 40 percent of Dr. Rehnke's patients underwent breast augmentation with silicone or saline implants, while about 60 percent of his patients had their implants removed or chose an alternative option to breast implants i.e. fat grafting, breast lift. To compare, in 2019, about 24 percent of Dr. Rehnke's cases were for augmentation while about 70 percent of patients had their implants removed or chose an alternative to breast implants.

Why? Patients have many reasons. Among them:

  • The implants are too big, too heavy, or are in the way.
  • I am in pain.
  • I want to have a more natural, youthful breast.
  • I don’t want to have to deal with the maintenance of an implant.
  • Are my implants possibly making me sick?
  • Some patients also had to undergo numerous breast surgeries due to capsular contracture or a rupture. Capsular contracture is caused by fibrous scar tissue that forms around the implant. This creates a thick tissue capsule and hardening of the breast. The result can be very painful and can make the breast look distorted and either rise higher or lower on the chest wall.
  • Some patients have said they feel guilty or shameful for getting their implants in the first place.

Patients need to be aware that there are options for implant removal that will leave you with an attractive breast. With Dr.Rehnke’s knowledge and expertise as a breast specialist for 25 years, he will guide his patients towards the best surgical plan.

Dr. Rehnke is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Florida Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. He has been practicing in St. Petersburg for more than 20 years.

Dr. Rehnke received his bachelor's degree, Magna cum Laude from the University of South Florida, where he was a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, and he completed his medical degree at Duke University School of Medicine in North Carolina.

Dr. Rehnke completed a five-year General Surgery Residency at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital. He then returned to Duke University Medical Center for three years where he was a Chief Resident in Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Rehnke specializes in cosmetic and facial surgery, liposuction, fat grafting, breast augmentation and breast reconstruction. He is an expert in breast surgery without silicone implants.

Call Dr. Rehnke today to discuss your options.