Breast Implant – Many women who have had breast implants later choose to have them removed or replaced. There are various reasons for this and a few reasons why a breast lift may also be required.
Read on for a brief explanation of the process and its benefits.
Reasons for Removing Breast Implants
Breast augmentation with implants is a relatively common surgical procedure and is now quite safe and routine. So why would you want to remove them?
- Pain related to the implants
- Movement of the implants
- Calcium deposits building up around the implants
- Tissue death (necrosis) around the implants
- The implants are leaking
Of course, some people just don’t want the implants anymore or want them removed because the appearance of their breasts has changed due to age, weight change, or breastfeeding. Additionally, it is often recommended that breast implants be replaced after 10 to 15 years — they aren’t intended to last forever.
Why Would You Need a Breast Lift After Implant Removal?
Breast implant removal can lead to loose skin and the nipple being lower than it should be. When a breast lift is performed simultaneously, the skin and tissue are tightened, which helps give the breasts a more youthful appearance.
After possibly years of having breast implants, having the breast lift performed simultaneously can help you come to terms with the alterations to your appearance in a more positive way.
Is the Surgery Safe?
Yes. Like all cosmetic surgery procedures, breast implant removal with breast lift is a relatively routine procedure with high safety numbers. An experienced surgeon will guide you through the whole process professionally and safely.
However, as with any surgery, there is the possibility of risks, such as infection, which your surgeon will also help with. They will give you clear instructions on your recovery process and on keeping the site of the surgery clean to avoid infection. Taking your recovery slowly and not rushing it is also a good idea.
There may be risks associated with surgery if you have a history of medical issues like heart disease or strokes. But, again, take your doctor’s advice on this.
As you will be in a moderate amount of pain, with some restricted movement for up to a week after your surgery, you should arrange to take this time off from work. Full recovery should take about six weeks. During this time, you can slowly return to your normal level of physical activity.
Remember: listen to your body and let it heal in its own time, but help it along by getting plenty of rest, eating well, and keeping hydrated.
Breast implant removal is a secondary breast procedure that most women with a breast implant will undergo at some point. However, to reduce the impact on your physical appearance and self-confidence, it can be a good idea to have a breast lift at the same time.
Always make sure you choose a reputable surgeon and listen to their advice throughout the process. Most importantly, make sure your decision on how to proceed is well thought out, and you get the best option for you as an individual.