Although breast augmentation surgery currently ranks as the number one cosmetic surgery in the US, breast implants are not for everyone. If you are suffering from breast implant related complications such as rupture or capsular contracture, or wish to exchange or remove your implants for aesthetic considerations, you can choose breast implant removal or replacement surgery.
To determine your candidacy for this procedure and to ensure you have a safe and predictable outcome from the surgery, make sure you work with an experienced breast implant surgeon. Board certified plastic surgeons at the Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery provide cosmetic and reconstructive procedures to patients in Houston, Texas, TX, and surrounding locations.
Breast implant removal is usually performed with the patient under general anesthesia, but local anesthesia and IV sedation may be used in some cases. The surgeon will begin the procedure by opening the original incision created at the time of primary breast augmentation (usually in the breast fold or the periareolar region).
Through the incision, the surgeon will carefully remove the implant, and may excise some part of the scar tissue or capsule that envelopes the implant. In a few cases, scar tissue removal may not be required. In such a situation, the surgeon will leave the capsule behind, where it will collapse and deflate as the body recovers from the surgery.
Following the breast implant removal plastic surgery, the surgeon will suture the incisions and wrap the breasts with surgical dressing. They will place drain tubes in the incision sites for a few days to collect excess fluid. In the first few days, you may require pain medication to keep comfortable during your recovery.
Breast Appearance after Implant Removal
Following breast implant removal, the final appearance of the breasts can vary from one patient to another because each woman’s breast anatomy is unique. You could experience some loss of volume in the upper part of the breasts where the implant was earlier providing fullness. But if your implants were not too large or the tissue laxity has not occurred, you can expect to a have a pleasing and natural breast shape.
Implant Replacement or Breast Lift
If the surgeon determines that your breasts have sagged because of stretched tissue over the years with implants, you may require an additional procedure along with breast implant removal. In normal circumstances, you will have the option to get your implants replaced with new ones so that the current appearance of the breasts is maintained.
Alternatively, you may have to choose breast lift surgery in addition to implant removal. Both procedures can be performed at the same time in most cases. Breast lift will involve excision of loose skin to create tighter and firmer breasts, and in some cases, the areolas may also be repositioned or resized as necessary.
With these additional or optional procedures, you will be able to restore a desirable and more youthful looking appearance of your breasts. Recovery may be slightly longer if a breast lift is performed along with implant removal.
Cosmetic surgeons at the Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery receive patients from Houston, Texas, TX and nearby areas for safe and proven surgical and non-surgical procedures.
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