Thinking of Removing Breast Implants? What’s Next?

Breast Implants Englewood NJBreast augmentation is often seen as a permanent enhancement to the body. Women who undergo this procedure understand that there are certain risks that might warrant replacement. What we often sidestep, though, is the potential that a time may come when a woman simply decides she no longer wants her implants. This is relatively common. Statistics suggest that as much as 20% of the women who get breast implants eventually seek removal or replacement. For this reason, we’d like to discuss what comes next should you decide a change is needed.

Why Breast Implants May be Removed

There are numerous reasons why a woman may choose to seek breast augmentation. These are as personal to each patient as individual body type. In the same manner, each patient who seeks breast implant revision has her own personal considerations in mind. There is no “right” or “wrong” when it comes to wanting a change.

Sometimes, revision follows some type of complication with existing implants. For example, significant weight loss after insertion of saline implants may lead to rippling. This is one of several factors that could cause the appearance of ripples beneath the skin.

Finally, the revision may be necessary for the event of capsular contracture. Statistics suggest that this complication, in which scar tissue hardens around the implant (one or both), occurs in about 5% of cases.

Removal or Replacement?

It is possible to have breast implants removed completely or replaced with another size or type of implant at any time change is desired.

If your preference is to have implants removed, the removal procedure may coincide with breast lift surgery that refines the appearance of natural breast tissue to prevent a saggy appearance.

Capsular contracture can be a difficult problem to face and needs to be treated by an experienced surgeon who is aware of the need for customization in revision techniques. It is possible to remove or replace implants after capsular contracture, depending on preferences.

Patients who are interested in removal or replacement to correct rippling also have options in how their revision is carried out. If rippling is related to saline implants, which it often is, transition into a form-stable silicone implant may be ideal. If implants had been situated above the pectoralis muscle, a revision might involve a new situation beneath the muscle.

Breast augmentation revision is not uncommon and can be performed safely and with optimal results. To discuss your case, contact our Englewood office at 201-567-9595.

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