When you decide to get breast implants I’m sure the last thing on your mind is what will happen if you decide to remove them, but you may be surprised to know that it has been reported that as many as 40,000 women every year have breast implant removal surgery.
Culture trends are often a big reason behind implant removals with many women feeling that their implants no longer fit with their lifestyles and wish to have them simply removed.
There is always a risk when you have surgery and unfortunately capsular contraction or implant ruptures can occur in some cases. Patients who have these problems can decide if they want to replace the implants or remove them to go back to their natural bust.
What happens to the bust after the implants are removed and not replaced?
The outcome of implant removal can vary significantly from person to person and there are a number of factors which can affect the final result. Removing a 200cc implant is going to be different from removing a 600cc implant for example.
There are several factors which can determine the result of your natural bust after implant removal;
- The quality of your skins elasticity (the better your elasticity, the better the skin will bounce back)
- The size of the implants used (the bigger the implant, the more redundant skin you may have)
- The amount of breast tissue present (your natural breast tissue may have changed since before you had the implants inserted)
- Life experiences such as pregnancy or weight gain/loss (these have the potential to influence the factors above)
Immediately after implant removal surgery your breasts will look and feel empty but try not to panic too much. Despite their slightly deflated balloon appearance now, come day 3 your body will realise that the implants are not returning and your breasts will start to regain their former shape.
It can take 3-4 weeks before you are able to see the final results, it is amazing how much your breast and skin can rebound from the stretching caused by the implants.
Many patients are happy with how their breasts look after the implants have been removed but others may feel they wish to lift the breast with mastopexy surgery. Or reconstruct the breast with a Breast Auto Augmentation procedure which will relocate the existing breast tissue to take the place of the implant that has been removed. This helps the patient to retain volume to the upper portion of the breast without the use of an implant.
An experienced plastic surgeon will be able to advise you fully after examining your breasts and knowing the size of your implants.
The Private Clinic
The Private Clinic is renowned for setting high standards in the cosmetic industry and we value our excellent reputation for patient safety and satisfaction. From the first consultation through to your first-class aftercare we have some of the most experienced and well-respected consultant plastic surgeons in the industry as part of our breast implant team including:
- Mr Adrian Richards, MBBS, MSc, FRCS (Plast.) GMC: 3286812
- Mr Navid Jallali BSc MB ChB (Hons) MD FRCS (Plast) GMC: 4404969
- Mr Dario Rochira GMC: 6130664
- Mr Davood Fallahdar FRCS (Plast) Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (Plastic) GMC: 4686602
- Ms Lyndsey Highton, BM BCh (Oxon) MA FRCS (Plast) GMC: 6128243
- Mr Philip Lim BSc (Hons), MB ChB, AFRCS (Ed), MRCS (Eng), FRCS (Plast) GMC: 4219068
- Mr Olubowale, MB ChB, MSc (Sheffield), FRCSI, FRCSI (Gen Surg) GMC Number 6044974
- Mr Maisam Fazel MA(Cantab) MB BChir MSEd FRCS GMC: 4767420
- Mr Mobinulla Syed MBBS, MSc, PhD, FRCS (Plast) GMC: 6035480
- Mr Prashant Govilkar, MBBS MS MCh FRCS FRCS (Plast) GMC: 4258041
- Mr Adel Fattah, FRCS (Plast.) GMC: 4764599
- Mr Kenneth Kok MBChB MRCS MSc(Hons) FRCS(plast) GMC: 4701147