The 'need to know' details on Breast Implant Removal


What is breast implant removal surgery?

Breast implant removal surgery is a popular option for those who change their mind about an initial breast augmentation and want to return to a more natural size. This procedure is also ideal as part of an implant replacement, for those whose implants have rippled, hardened, changed shape or shifted position.

Pictured below: Victoria Beckham recently admitted to having her implants removed for a more natural look



What are “bad” breast implants?

Bad breast implants tend to refer to more medical reasons, rather than their appearance, such as:

  • Rippling
  • Capsular contracture
  • Implant displacement

These complications can be corrected with breast implant removal surgery which involves removing and replacing these affected implants.

What results should I expect from breast implant removal surgery?

When large implants are removed, natural breasts often appear deflated and have sagged due to the breast tissue stretching. A qualified surgeon can ensure that revisions will leave your breasts as attractive as they were prior to surgery. The best way to achieve this is by combining implant surgery with a breast lift.

If the implants are being replaced, you will have the option to maintain your size, select a larger size or go smaller. As with your original breast implants, you can expect full, shapely breasts.

What is breast implant recovery surgery like?

Most patients claim that the replacement or removal of breast implants is more comfortable than the initial breast augmentation and recovery is relatively quick. The amount of discomfort will depend on whether the scar tissue is removed along the implant.

Patients tend to return to work within several days. Breasts will remain sore for some time after the replacement with a very similar sensation to the breast augmentation.

What are the risks and complications of breast implant removal surgery?

Even though there are potential risks with any cosmetic surgery, these are extremely rare. However, in these circumstances breast implant removal can result in a loss of nipple sensation, bleeding, scarring and breast deformity.

If any of these occur, along with the risks that come from breast augmentation, corrections can be made through additional surgery or medication.

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