When Should I Consider Breast Implant Removal?

Have you had breast augmentation surgery, but you’re now thinking of having your breast implants removed?  You’re not alone.  A growing number of women are choosing to have their breast implants removed, and the reasons vary.  

When Should I Consider Breast Implant Removal?

Breast implant removal should be considered if the implant has ruptured.  Although both silicone and saline breast implants can rupture, a rupture can be easily identified with saline implants because the sterile saltwater leaks from the implant, making the breast look deflated.  

Capsular contracture is another reason why women should consider breast implant removal.  Capsular contracture is a condition in which the capsule (scar tissue) that forms naturally around the breast implant hardens and squeezes the implant. The condition can result in chronic pain and often distorts the appearance of the breasts. 

Also, some women have their breast implants removed as a personal preference because they are simply no longer happy with the shape or size of the implants.  

Breast Implant Removal Surgery 

Breast implants may be removed and replaced with new implants, or they can be removed without replacement. 

Breast implant removal surgery is an outpatient procedure that is done under IV sedation or general anesthesia.  The procedure takes about 2 hours to complete.  

The incision for breast implant surgery is typically made around the areola (pigment surrounding the nipple) or along the inframammary fold (the lower fold of the breast). 

Recovery after breast implant removal surgery takes around 1-2 weeks. 

Breast implants are not designed to last a lifetime, and the likelihood of replacement increases the longer they are in place. 

Whether you’ve decided to have your breast implants removed due to complications or lifestyle choices, be sure to discuss your aesthetic goals and concerns with a board-certified plastic surgeon. 

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