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Reasons for breast implant removal
There are countless reasons why a woman may decide to remove her breast implants. Some of the most common ones include:
- Aesthetic issues. If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your new chest, or you feel as though your breast implants are too large or look artificial, you may want to have them removed.
- Capsular contracture. A serious breast augmentation complication, capsular contracture develops when scar tissue hardens and contracts around the breast implant, causing a distorted appearance. When this occurs, the implant needs to be removed or replaced to correct the issue along with removal of the scar tissue also known as the capsule.
- Infection. An infection is a rare breast augmentation complication, but it can happen. And when it does, you may need to have your implants removed temporarily or permanently in order to treat it.
- Breast cancer. If you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, it may be necessary to remove your implants so your surgeon can reach and successfully treat any tumors.
- Ruptured implant. If you have implants, there’s always a chance that they can rupture, causing breast pain, shape changes and contour irregularities. When this occurs, the only way to treat the issue is to remove or replace the implants.
- Change in cosmetic preference. In many cases, women simply tire of their appearance with breast implants, and this is as valid a reason as any to get them removed.
Preparing for your breast implant removal
Prior to your procedure, you will spend a considerable amount of time talking to Dr. Rahban about the breast implant removal process. After evaluating your chest and assessing any aesthetic issues, deformities or problems you’re having with your implants, he will talk to you about what your natural chest will look like once the implants are removed. The reality is that removing your implants will definitely reduce your volume, and it may also cause your chest to appear droopy.
Therefore it is crucial that your surgeon is honest with you and lets you know whether you have sufficient breast tissue that will allow an aesthetically pleasing result. Many patients want their implants taken out, but once they realize they may be left with a less-than-desirable aesthetic outcome, they reconsider.
If you are a good candidate, Dr. Rahban will perform a simultaneous breast lift to counteract any sagging effects following a breast implant removal. Some women may not need a lift—it all depends on your anatomy. During your pre-surgery appointments, he will discuss his surgical plan with you and make sure you’re comfortable with the expected outcome. Once Dr. Rahban is confident that you’re fully prepared for surgery, he will schedule your operation.
What to expect during your breast implant removal
To perform your breast implant removal, Dr. Rahban will begin by re-opening your prior incisions. If your breast implants are comprised of silicone, he will first inspect the area for any signs of a rupture. From there, he will carefully remove the implant, along with any scar tissue and leaked silicone, from your body. If your breast implants are made of saline, Dr. Rahban will deflate the implant first, which allows for an easier removal. If any scar tissue has developed in the area, he will remove that as well.
Once both implants are no longer in your body, Dr. Rahban will sit you up and assess the appearance of your breast. Many times the breasts are saggy and appear unattractive, so he will generally perform a breast lift to ensure a supple and perky chest. This portion of the procedure will be completely customized based on your anatomy, skin quality and the severity of your sagging.
With Dr. Rahban’s vast experience of revision breast surgery, he has learned that until the implant is removed, you will often not know what kind of lift you need. Hence it is crucial that your surgeon be able to adapt in the moment and execute a well-designed lift. However, in most cases it will involve removing excess skin, reducing the size of the areola and elevating the breasts to a more desirable position on the chest. Once your breast lift is complete, Dr. Rahban will close the incisions in multiple layers to ensure that the resulting scars are minimal and able to fade from view over time.
Most of our patients experience a recovery period of about one week after their breast implant removal surgery. During that time, you’ll need to stay home from work and wear a surgical bra and bandages until your initial post-operative appointment with Dr. Rahban. During that meeting, he will remove all of your bandages for the first time, assess your progress and provide you with detailed instructions on how to care for your incisions moving forward. Although every patient will have a unique experience, the vast majority of our patients can resume most of their previous activities in about six weeks.
Come in for a Consultation with Dr. Rahban
When Dr. Rahban does a consultation with a prospective patient, he wants it to be two things above all others: thorough and honest. He will find out from you just what you want from cosmetic surgery. And he will tell you honestly if you can get the result you want, and how he can best help you do so.