Once you’ve had breast augmentation and are happy with the results, it’s natural to assume that you’ll continue to be happy for years to come. But that’s not always the case. Over time, you might decide that you’d prefer a different size of implant. Alternately, there might be changes to the implant that require its removal or replacement.
Breast implant removal and replacement isn’t that uncommon. In fact, some studies have found that about 20 percent of women needed to replace their implants after about 10 years. Here’s what you need to know about breast implant removal.
Why Would You Remove Your Breast Implants?
There are tons of reasons why you might decide to remove or replace your current breast implants. The decision can be a personal choice or it can be due to a problem that’s developed with an implant.
For example, saline implants can often cause rippling beneath the skin. Rippling is more common with saline implants than with silicone ones because it’s possible for the surgeon to underfill the implant. That can make the surface appear bumpy. If you have thin skin or insufficient breast tissue, you might be more likely to have visible rippling.
A condition called capsular contracture can also develop in some women. Capsular contracture can be pretty painful and can cause deformity in the breasts. It occurs when scar tissue that naturally forms around the implant begins to harden, putting pressure on the implant.
In some cases, you might want to remove your implants simply because you’ve decided you don’t want them any more. In others, you may decide to change the size of the implants or correct any changes in the shape of your breasts by having the implants repositioned.
Can You Replace the Implants?
When you opt for breast implant removal, you usually have two options. You can have the implants taken out completely or you can have them exchanged for a different pair. You might replace your implants for a set that’s a different size or decide to swap out saline implants for silicone or vice versa.
If you decide to replace the implants, the procedure is called a breast implant exchange. Along with trading the old implants for new ones, your surgeon might also decide to change the position of the implants during an exchange. For example, if your original implants were placed over the muscle, the surgeon might place them under the muscle during the exchange. Changing the position of the implant might be in order if you’ve developed some sagging or are dealing with capsular contracture.
Who Is a Candidate for Breast Implant Removal?
If you’re unhappy with your breast implants for any reason or if there’s a problem with your implants, removal or exchange might be a good option for you. For the most part, the ideal candidate for removal is a woman who’s in good health and who doesn’t smoke. There might be some exceptions to that. For example, if your implants have ruptured and need to be taken out ASAP, your surgeon might need to work around any health issues you have.
Can You Combine the Surgery With Another Procedure?
Often, breast implant removal is combined with a breast lift. One of the biggest changes women often notice in their breasts is that they start to droop or sag with age, with or without implants. Combining breast implant removal with a breast lift can help restore your breasts to a more youthful and perkier position. A breast lift can also be a good option if you’re having the implants taken out completely, as it will allow the surgeon to correct the shape of the breasts and will minimize sagging once the implants are gone.
About Dr. Ran Rubinstein
An experienced plastic surgeon can help you decide if breast implant removal is right for you. Dr. Ran Y. Rubinstein, a board certified plastic surgeon, regularly performs breast augmentation and other breast surgeries on patients at his practice in Manhattan. He can guide you through the process of choosing the right implants to create a natural result. Along with breast surgeries, Dr. Rubinstein offers patients a variety of procedures, from facelift to rhinoplasty, at Laser & Cosmetic Surgery Specialists, PC in Newburgh, New York. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Rubinstein, call 845-863-1772 today.