When you originally opted for breast augmentation, you probably never thought you would have them removed. However, thousands of women undergo this type of procedure each year. Common reasons women opt for breast implant removal include:

  • a desire to change the size of the implants
  • sagging breasts due to the weight of the implants
  • breast implant stability concerns (such as tears or ruptures)
  • a desire to be free of implants altogether

No matter your reasons, you’ll have many questions about the procedure surrounding breast implant removal. While your board-certified plastic surgeon is the best person to answer your questions about any aesthetic surgery, we’ve assembled a list of common questions surrounding breast implant removal that we get here in our Las Vegas plastic surgery practice

What is involved with implant surgery?

During breast implant removal surgery, you will be placed under anesthesia. Your surgeon will make a few incisions, eliminate scar tissue that has accumulated, and remove your implants. To minimize external scarring, the procedure may be performed at the same incision sites used for augmentation. The entire surgery should be completed in about an hour.

What happens during the healing process?

After your implants are removed, empty pockets will remain and will eventually seal. Wearing a compression garment or breast support will decrease healing time and help prevent fluid retention. Depending on the size of the implants will determine how long before you begin to see positive aesthetic results after your implant removal. If you are unhappy with your appearance, you may opt for a breast lift or new implants in the future.

What are the most common reasons women remove their implants?

Over time, a women’s implants may shift, sag, or appear asymmetric. When this happens, removal can create a more natural appearance. Other patients will opt to have another breast augmentation procedure to correct any issues with the previous surgery. Also, many postmenopausal women find their breasts have grown, so there is no longer a need for implants.

If you decide to have your breast implants removed, it is important to consult with an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon. Our physicians will make sure you love your smaller figure and maintain your high self-esteem. Schedule a consultation today and we’ll help you determine if a breast implant removal surgery is right for you and what our next steps should be.