When you hear the words “plastic surgery”, chances are that breast implants are one of the first things that come to mind.
Breast implants get a lot coverage – what you don’t hear about quite as much are women having their breast implants removed.
While not as common as breast implant surgery, breast implant removal (also referred to as “breast explant”) is an increasingly popular surgery among women in Cairns (and around Australia).
Of course, as with any type of plastic surgery, getting your implants removed requires considerable thought – and you need to have all the answers to make an informed decision.
Why choose breast implant removal surgery?
Just like there are a range of reasons to get breast implants asides from personal vanity, there are many reasons women who’ve had breast augmentation before may choose to have their implants removed.
And just like the decision to get implants in the first place, it’s a highly personal decision.
There’s no such thing as a “right” or a “wrong” reason to get breast implants removed.
However, there are some reasons that the team at Cairns Plastic Surgery see more often than others…
1) They want to “upgrade” again
With new surgical techniques, implant materials and more options, today’s breast implants are more natural-looking and seamless than ever before.
Little wonder so many women who got their implants earlier want them removed to make way for newer implants!
In other cases it’s because they want to go for a different shape, size, or type from their current implants.
2) Their implants are reaching their use-by date
Did you know that breast implants don’t last forever?
In fact, many types of breast implants have a life of 15-20 years before they need replacing.
Once they reach this point, your implants may:
- Rupture, resulting in a leak
- Change in position
Most women will need to have their implants removed at some stage simply as a matter of necessity.
Noticed your implants changing? Unsure if it’s time for them to be removed and replaced?
Book an obligation-free consultation with the friendly team at Cairns Plastic Surgery.
3) Improve their appearance and self-confidence
Your appearance has a huge impact on your self-confidence and wellbeing – and with 71% of women expressing some form of dissatisfaction with their chests, it’s little wonder that appearance is one of the most common reasons for getting implants – or explants, for that matter.
Many women choose implants to improve their appearance – for others however, they opt for breast implant removal.
Maybe they’re unhappy with their breast implant before and after photos. Perhaps the change hasn’t been as dramatic as they thought. Maybe they’re having regrets.
If you’re not confident about the look and feel of your breast implants for a time, there’s nothing wrong with getting them removed.
4) Addressing a breast complication
There may be times that women who undergo breast augmentation procedures experience complications.
Some of these complications may include:
- Poor scarring
- Breast implant leakage or rupture
- Pain in nipples or changes in breast sensation
And in many cases, the only way to resolve them safely is breast implant removal.
5) A breast implant health-related concern
Health should always be on the top of your priority list. And sometimes, that can mean having to undergo breast removal surgery.
In some cases, breast implants may result in the development of implant-related health concerns known as Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL).
BIA-ACLC is a form of lymphoma that develops on the scar tissue surrounding the breast implant. If diagnosed early during one of your early post-op appointments, it can be dealt with early on.
In some cases however, the issue only arises after you’ve had your implants for a while. In these instances, the only course of action may be to have your implants removed altogether.
6) Lifestyle changes
Things change – that’s just life.
And sometimes, these changes can mean that you no longer like the look or feel of those implants you got years ago.
There’s no explanation or reason required here – it’s a personal decision, and one you’re free to make entirely on your own.
No longer want your implants? No problem.
How does breast implant removal surgery work?
Breast implant removal surgery usually takes two to three hours and is performed under general anaesthesia.
The process begins with an incision around the areola of your breasts down to the curve of your breast. At this point, your plastic surgeon will either:
- Remove the implant altogether
- Reposition it
- Replace it with new implants
Women may experience pain from swelling and bruising after the procedure – in most cases however, women will be cleared to return home that same day with a recovery program that spans the weeks and months needed to fully heal.
It is normal for women who have undergone breast implant removal surgery to:
- Experience nipple sensitivity
- Have scarring (that may fade over the next 12 months)
- Have swollen or bruised breasts
- Experience mild pain
Assuming you follow the recovery program set out by your plastic surgeon however, you should be back in action after a couple of weeks, only without your implants!
Talk to Cairns Plastic Surgery about breast implant removal today
As with all plastic surgery procedures, breast implant removal can be quite stressful to research on your own. While we applaud the effort to get informed, we know there is a ton of information out there that can be hard to absorb.
Cairns Plastic Surgery is here to help.
Are you thinking about saying goodbye to your breast implants?
Book a complimentary session with one of our nurses today to find out if breast explant surgery is right for you.