Breast Lift with Implant Removal
Plastic Surgeon • Newport Beach • Los Angeles
Some women decide that they would like to remove their breast implants and not have them replaced (medically referred to as "breast explant"). In many instances, this would leave them with breasts that have no volume and have significant drooping. In these instances, having a breast lift when removing the implants may restore some volume and lift the breasts to a more youthful position.
Before and After
Breast Implant Removal and Lift
Women that have had breast implants for a certain amount of time may choose to have their implants removed. There could be several reasons for this. A patient might have had a current implant rupture or deflate and choose to not have the implants exchanged, due to change in lifestyle, change in perception of image, change in financial ability or perhaps they felt that implants did not fit their personality or they were prone to capsular contracture. For whichever reason, a patient may always have her breast implants removed.
Many women are able to have their implants removed with no other procedures needed to restore their breasts back to a prior surgical look. However, with the weight of implants and with time, skin does begin to sag and some women feel that a lift as well as a breast implant removal would be beneficial in order to restore a perkier bust. The extent of the lift would be dependent on the size of the patients breast implants as well as the quality of the patients skin and how much excess skin a patient might have. Some women fear that with the complete removal of their implants they might remain much smaller busted than they would like.
We like to remind women that with time, aging, childbirth and weight loss or gain, the natural breast tissue can change and may look bigger or smaller and a woman might be surprised that over the course of several years they might appear to have larger breasts then they did prior to having a breast augmentation surgery. Likewise, a woman that had sufficient natural breast tissue prior to their breast augmentation might feel that with having her implants removed completely she would be satisfied with her remaining breast tissue yet might be surprised that her natural breast tissue has decreased in volume.
During the course of a breast implant removal and lift consultation, Dr. Bandy will try to determine how much natural breast tissue a woman has so that a patient may choose whether to remove her implants completely or exchange her implants for smaller implants. Many women with larger implants might choose to have an implant exchange to a smaller, more natural size which might also require a breast lift. The best way to determine which option is best for you, is to consult with a qualified Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, like Dr. Bandy to discuss your options and what is a realistic outcome.