Breasts After Implant Removal: Everything You Need to Know
Breast implants remain one of the most sought after procedures for those seeking cosmetic surgery. Trends and fashions come and go, and this is reflected in every aspect of our lives, including the size and shape of breast implants. The natural look has gained popularity over the last few years, putting the more obvious, extra large implants in the background.
People choose breast implant surgery for different reasons. From wanting to increase body confidence and improve body proportions to more serious medical reasons, this type of surgery provides a relatively simple way to get the shape you desire.
But what if you have had implants in the past and, for whatever reason, you have had a change of heart, or you need to have the implants removed for other reasons? Is there a way of successfully removing them, how difficult is it, and what can I expect my breasts after implant removal to look like?
It is certainly not a problem to have your implants removed. It is a fairly straightforward operation, and is typically an outpatient procedure. Your breasts after implant removal should display minimal scarring, and the recovery period is much shorter and less complex than when the implants were initially inserted.
Why do some women have their implants removed?
For some women, medical reasons or complications may mean that implants are no longer suitable. Changes in body shape may mean that they are not in proportion to the rest of your body, or maybe you’ve simply changed your mind and want to revert to your former breast size. Capsular contracture (when scar tissue has hardened), remains one of the most popular reasons for implant removal. Concerns about the appearance of your breasts after implant removal may be stopping you from going ahead. If that’s the case, fear not. Here is everything you need to know to put your mind at rest.
What’s involved in breast implant removal?
Removal of breast implants is a relatively simple procedure, as far cosmetic surgery goes. The surgery takes between one and three hours to complete, depending on your individual requirements. It involves making an incision on either the lower fold of the breast, or around or below the areola. The implant can then be removed and the incision is closed.
What is the recovery period?
You should find that your breasts after implant removal are not subject to the same recovery period as when they were initially put in place. The procedure is not as invasive as implant placement, and therefore there is minimal pain. You may find you have bruising for a couple of weeks, but you won’t be as incapacitated as you were when you had the initial surgery. You can expect to experience some discomfort and tenderness, but this should improve in a matter of days.
How will my breasts look after implant removal?
The larger the initial implant, the more loose skin you will have after their removal. If you think about it logically, the breast skin and tissue have had to stretch for the implant to be inserted in the first place. So, the larger the implant, the more the skin has had to stretch. Don’t expect your breast tissue and skin to shrink back to their previous shape and condition. You might notice a ‘caved in’ appearance immediately following surgery. It’s likely that your breasts may sag, drop or have an uneven appearance. This probably doesn’t sound very appealing and that’s understandable. So, are there any solutions to these unwanted side effects? Is there a way to regain your body confidence with your breasts after implant removal? The quick answer is, ‘yes.’ Read on to find out how to address this issue.
What can I do to improve the appearance of my breasts after implant removal?
If you are concerned that the appearance of your breasts, following implant removal, may not be to your liking, you may choose to combine the removal with a breast lift. This is a fantastic choice if you want to retain the youthful, elevated look of your breasts, without having implants.
Although this can be performed as a stand alone procedure, many women choose to have it performed at the same time as they are having the implants removed. This is a good option as it means there is only one general anaesthetic to undergo and one recovery period.
If you feel your breasts will need a bit of help to counteract the sagging that so often occurs after implant removal, then you can expect to be offered the breast lift. The procedure involves the removal of excess skin, after which the breasts are re-shaped. It may be necessary to move the nipples slightly higher and the areola may need to be reduced in size to match your new, smaller breasts. There is the possibility of a change in sensation in the nipple area following this type of procedure. This is not uncommon and is due to the disruption of the nerve supply during the operation. You can expect the feeling to settle and return to normal within a few weeks.
The pain you experience following this type of procedure will not be as severe as when you had implants fitted. You can expect more of a feeling of discomfort from the incision points than very strong pain.
Taking the decision to undergo a breast implant removal procedure may be an easy choice, or it may be that you have exhausted all other options. Whatever the reason, there’s no need to be disappointed with the results. With breast lift options available here at Enhance Medical Group, you can achieve results that don’t disappoint. It’s vital that you take advice before you choose to go ahead with implant removal, and it’s important that you understand the realistic possibilities. But what is most important, to any reputable surgeon, is that the client is happy with their breasts after implant removal, whether they choose the breast lift option or not. That’s just the kind of attention and care you can expect to get from us at the Enhance Medical Group team.