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So You're Considering Implant Removal

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If you’re thinking about having your breast implants removed and not replaced, you’re not alone. Thousands of women seek this procedure each year—some because they’re weary of dealing with complications like capsular contracture, others because the implants themselves have ruptured and the patients do not want to invite the possibility of reoccurrence. Some women just aren’t happy with their post-op bodies, whether the implants seemed too big immediately following surgery or sagging set in as the years passed by.

If you’re considering the possibility of “explantation” with a good dose of fear, you’re also not alone. It makes sense when you think about it. When you chose to have breast augmentation, you probably felt a sense of excitement about creating the figure you always wanted. As you prepare for implant removal, you’re facing the reality that your tissues may have stretched significantly and that even though they’re smaller, your breasts may droop.

To get a sense of just how your breasts might look after explantation, consider these factors:

The size of your implants: Generally, the larger the implants, the more sagging you’ll have after they’re removed.

The quality of your skin: If your skin has lost elasticity and has stretch marks, it’s likely your breasts will droop after explantation.

Pregnancy and weight gain/loss: Multiple pregnancies and/or cycles of weight gain and loss can contribute to droopy breasts.

How long you’ve had your implants: If you realize shortly after breast augmentation that implants are not for you, your skin and breast tissue may contract back in place when your implants are removed.

You may have some additional decisions to make to get the best aesthetic result possible after implant removal. For this reason, you should consult more than one board certified plastic surgeon with experience in removing implants. You will want to listen carefully to what these surgeons recommend for you and why.

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As Cathy points out, the amount of time that you have had your breast implants will play a role in your decision. Before completely abandoning your Augmentation, epically if it is based on factors other than your health, look at all of the new breast implants that are available. You may be surprised about how many options you have for replacement as opposed to just removal.

The sagging can be a real mental and physical issue for some women - explore your options.


February 13, 2011 - 1:17am
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