Need to Have Your Breast Implants Removed? Here’s What to Expect

Are you thinking about breast implant removal? While an overwhelming majority of breast augmentation patients love their results, there are times when implant removal makes sense. If you’re getting your implants out, here’s what to expect.

Reasons to Remove Breast Implants

Women remove their breast implants for many reasons. If you’re unhappy with the way your breasts look or feel after breast augmentation, go see a plastic surgeon and explore your options. Dr. Landis can help you decide if breast revision surgery, an implant exchange, or removal will best meet your needs.

Common reasons for breast implant removal or replacement include:

  • Capsular Contracture – Capsular contracture is one of the most common breast augmentation complications. It occurs when the tissue capsule that surrounds the implant tightens. This tightening can distort the breast and cause discomfort. Capsular contracture is treated by removing the breast implant and capsule.
  • Implant Leak or Rupture – Modern breast implants are very durable and unlikely to leak, especially if you have cohesive silicone implants. However, older breast implants are more likely to rupture or leak. If this occurs, the implant must be removed.
  • Life changes – Maybe you loved your implants in your 20s, but now that you’re getting older, you no longer want to have augmented breasts.
  • Sagging Breasts – Breast sagging happens whether you have breast implants or not. Many women find their breast appearance changes after pregnancy, and they are no longer satisfied with the way their breast implants look.

Do I Have to Remove My Breast Implants? Can I Get Them Replaced Instead?

Removal isn’t the only way to address problems with breast implants. Some issues can be treated non-invasively, without the need for surgery. Other issues can be addressed by replacing an implant. If you’re having problems with your breast implants, come see Dr. Landis and explore your options. Often removing implants isn’t the only option.

What Will My Breasts Look Like After Breast Implant Removal?

Breast implants stretch the skin and breast tissues. When implants are removed, the breasts may appear saggy or deflated. Larger implants tend to have a larger impact on the appearance of the breasts.

To restore a youthful shape and rounded appearance to the breasts, implant removal is often paired with a breast lift. After the implant is removed, the remaining skin and breast tissues are shaped, tightened, and lifted. A breast lift can restore the shape of the breasts after breast implant removal.

Outcomes vary. To get a better idea of what your breasts will look like after explant surgery, schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Landis.

Learn More About Breast Implant Removal in Plymouth, MN

The decision to remove breast implants is a very personal decision. Get the information and support you need to make an informed choice about your options by meeting with Dr. Landis. Call (952) 562-5940 to schedule a consultation today.

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George H. Landis, MD Minneapolis | Board Certified Plastic Surgeon