When you’re planning a breast augmentation procedure, removing those new implants is probably the furthest thing from your mind. During the lifetime of your implants, however, you might find yourself facing removal or replacement. There are many reasons why breast augmentation patients may find themselves at a breast implant removal consultation at some time in the future, but it’s not necessarily a negative experience. Read on for more information about the longevity of your implants and what reasons might bring you to consider removal.
How Is Breast Implant Removal Performed?
While the breast implant removal process might seem like a much easier procedure than the breast augmentation surgery, it must be performed delicately to avoid damaging the appearance of the woman’s breasts. Your implants must be safely extracted by a board certified, experienced plastic surgeon to avoid puncturing the implants, damaging surrounding breast tissue, stretching the skin, and other post-surgical complications. Consult with an expert breast surgeon like Dr. Rubinstein for a smooth and easy removal process.
Breast implant removals are performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia, lasting roughly one to two hours. Your surgeon will approach the procedure as a reversal of your breast augmentation, carefully removing the breast implants and any surrounding scar tissue. If you are replacing your implants, the new ones will be inserted and the incisions will be closed.
What Makes Patients Choose Implant Removal?
Removal of breast implants, without replacing them, is very rare but there are occasions when it might be considered. Some of the reasons that women opt for breast implant removal might include:
- Changing the size of your implants to achieve smaller or larger breasts.
- Problems with symmetry in the shape of your current breast implants.
- Leaking, ruptured, or otherwise damaged implants.
- An implant that has shifted in position, sometimes called “bottoming out.”
- Excessive scar tissue has formed around your implants, a condition known as capsular contracture.
- External damages to your breasts, such as deep lacerations, that may have exposed or damaged your implants.
- Bodily changes that have caused your breasts to sag. These changes may result from pregnancy, weight fluctuations, and the aging process.
Today’s breast implants are designed to last a long time under ideal circumstances, but even the top quality implants cannot last your entire lifetime. When you consult with your plastic surgeon about breast augmentation, discuss the expected lifetime of the breast implants you have chosen. Ask him or her about the need for replacement and when you should expect to need such a procedure.
The majority of breast augmentation patients will only ever need scheduled replacements based on the age of their implants. However, if you notice any of these warning signs, you should talk to your plastic surgeon about replacement: visible wrinkling of your implant, hardening implants, allergic reactions and skin rashes around your breasts, an uneven appearance to your breasts, and any persistent pain after you have recovered from your surgery. Just like any other part of the body, your breast implants should be cared for and you should be prepared to seek medical advice at the first sign of trouble.
Are You in Need of Breast Implant Removal?
If you have previously had breast augmentation surgery and have noticed changes to your implants, it might be worthwhile to meet with a plastic surgeon you trust to learn more about removal and replacement of your implants. If you have become unhappy with the size, shape, appearance, or feel of your current breast implants, you might consider a different style or size for a replacement.
To have a breast implant replacement or removal performed, you should be in good overall health, not smoke, and have reasonable expectations for your final results. Talk openly with your plastic surgeon so he or she can deliver a safe and satisfying breast surgery.
When you consult with Dr. Rubinstein about a potential breast surgery of any kind, he will use the VECTRA 3D Imaging system to create a visual representation of your expected results, using a 3D photograph of you. He will then make the changes necessary to the image and display an approximate result for you to see for yourself. No matter what changes you’re hoping to make to your breasts and implants, Dr. Rubinstein will be able to approximate a preview of your optimum results. Don’t be surprised if your predicted results will look even better than your poses in the mirror.
Schedule a Consultation for Breast Augmentation or Implant Replacement Today
To contact Dr. Rubinstein, please call 845-863-1772. Laser & Cosmetic Surgery Specialists is located at 200 Stony Brook Court #2 in Newburgh, New York.