Breast implant removal is the surgical removal of breast implants that were previously inserted for breast augmentation. For some women, the removal of the breast implants is necessitated by shifting preferences, changing lifestyle, breast implant complications, or medical needs. If you want or need breast implant removal, Dr. Allen Doezie can assist you.
Reasons to Undergo Breast Implant Removal
Women may have their breast implants removed for one or more of the following reasons:
- Change in personal preference
- Change in cultural or social preference
- Change in body image
- Dissatisfaction with appearance after breast augmentation
- Changes in body shape over time
- Breast sagging
- Noticeable breast asymmetry
- Pain in the neck, shoulders, or back due to heavy breasts
- Difficulty exercising due to overly large breasts
- Financial cost to replace implants and screen for ruptures
- Risk of implant interference with mammographic screenings for breast cancer
- Breast implant complications such as implant rupture, capsular contracture, bottoming out, double bubble deformity, or symmastia
Removal of breast implants is much like the breast augmentation procedure except that the implants are removed instead of inserted. Depending on the type and condition of the incisions used for your breast augmentation, Dr. Doezie may be able to remove the implants through the same incisions and avoid additional scarring.
Combining With Breast Lift Surgery
Breast implants increase the pressure on the natural breast tissues, and in consequence, women with breast implants may experience accelerated breast sagging. As many as 50 percent or more of women who need their breast implants removed will also need a breast lift to achieve optimal results, due to breast sagging and loose skin. If this is the case with you, Dr. Doezie will remove excess skin and reshape and reposition your breasts so that they appear youthful and natural.
After your breast implants are removed, you will need to wear a compression garment for support. Dr. Doezie will provide you with oral medications and additional instructions to follow during recovery. Swelling and discomfort are common during the initial healing process and will subside within a few weeks. Expect to feel ready to return to work approximately one week after your surgery. Restrictions vary depending on each patient, but patients should generally avoid strenuous activities for two weeks after undergoing implant removal.
The results from breast implant removal may take a few weeks to look natural and normal. Even for women who also receive a breast lift, the breasts may look deflated and wrinkled for a time before the skin has time to retract and they begin to look normal. In most cases, the breasts will rebound and look more natural once again within several weeks.
The cost of breast implant removal will vary depending on the procedures needed and the techniques used. Some insurance policies may cover a portion of the cost for women whose breast implants have caused serious complications that affect their ability to work or engage in normal activities. While the expense is most often paid for out of pocket, most women who undergo this procedure have considered their options and have decided that the cost is worth the long-term savings.
If you are considering having your breast implants removed, schedule your consultation for breast implant removal with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Allen Doezie. Dr. Doezie will discuss your options with you in detail to help you come to the best conclusions. To schedule your appointment, call 949.481.9850 or fill out our online contact form today.