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Breast implants are not for all women. There are several reasons women may decide to have their implants removed, such as; capsular contracture, discomfort, droopiness, avoiding future revisions, not happy with the appearance. Some just don’t want them anymore as they feel they no longer fit their lifestyle.
Why Some Women Want Their Breast Implants Removed
Every woman is different, but many women are happy with their breasts after implant removal. Initially, their breasts may look like a deflated balloon after removal. There will not be upper pole fullness that the breast implants provided. Other factors to consider are:
• Skin elasticity determines how much the skin will “bounce” back
• Large implants may cause more sagging skin
• The amount of natural breast tissue may have changed since before implants
• Changes in weight
• Sagging due to aging
A Breast Lift May Be Needed
Once the breasts have healed, most women are pleased with the appearance of their breasts. However, some women may benefit from a breast lift, and some opt to have to have a lift done at the same time as the explantation.
About 2 or 3 weeks after the implants have been removed, they will “fluff” back out. It is important to note that the breasts appearance right after surgery is not the final look.
Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D. tells women who no longer want breast implants but still desire fuller breasts might consider fat transfer to the breasts as an alternative. By removing fat by liposuction from another part of the body, after a purification technique, it can be transferred to the breasts. This is a two part procedure with the benefit of reducing the abdomen and/or the love handles to harvest fat for the breasts. The procedure takes about 3 hours, and recovery is about 7 to 10 days.
If you have been considering breast implant explantation, call today (415) 898-4161 for a consultation with Dr. Delgado to find what options are available to you.