April 2024

4 Reasons Women Want Explant Surgery

Reasons Women Want Explant Surgery

Breast augmentation is a popular cosmetic procedure, but as time passes, some women decide to remove their breast implants due to shifts in personal preferences, health concerns, or complications.Breast implants aren't permanent and typically need removal or replacement every 10 to 20 years. The specific timing of breast implant removal depends on various factors like lifestyle, age, pregnancy, weight changes, implant condition, and personal preferences. Routine mammograms may also reveal issues. Here, we'll explore three common reasons women choose to have their implants removed.

 Reason 1: Aging & The Desire For More Natural Breasts 

As women age, many choose to remove their breast implants for a variety of reasons, including changes to their bone structure. As the body matures it undergoes natural shifts. These changes can impact the appearance and feel of breast implants. Over time, the skin loses elasticity, and the breasts may sag, causing the implants to look less natural. Additionally, changes in weight and hormonal fluctuations can further alter the shape and size of the breasts, leading some women to opt for removal rather than undergoing breast revision surgery to achieve a new breast aesthetic.

Personal preferences around breast size also play a significant role in the decision to remove implants as women age. What may have been appealing or fashionable in their younger years may no longer align with their current desires and lifestyle. Some women may decide they no longer prefer a larger bust size and would rather have a more understated or natural look. This shift in preference often reflects a deeper sense of self-acceptance and comfort with one's changing body.

Moreover, as women enter different seasons of life, such as becoming mothers with grown children and possibly grandchildren, their priorities and perspectives may evolve. The focus shifts from external appearance to internal fulfillment and overall well-being. With the responsibilities of motherhood and even grandmotherhood, many women elect to remove their implants and embrace a natural aesthetic for their current season of life.

Reason 2: An End To Maintenance Breast Augmentation

Breast implants are not lifetime medical devices; they need to be replaced every 10 to 20 years, and the risk of implant rupture increases the longer the implant is in the body. While many women keep their implants throughout their lives, such as women who have the procedure to address asymmetrical breasts, others may not want to continue these maintenance procedures as they age and have the implants removed.Women may choose to remove their breast implants rather than continue to replace them every 10-20 years for several reasons, regardless of their age.

Firstly, the financial cost of repeated breast implant surgeries can be limiting. While some women may have been willing to invest in breast augmentation earlier in life, they may find the prospect of ongoing expenses for replacements less appealing as they age. Considering other financial priorities such as retirement savings or healthcare expenses, many women may opt to remove their implants altogether rather than continually investing in maintenance surgeries.

Moreover, as women age, their priorities and perspectives on beauty and body image may evolve. The desire for a specific aesthetic appearance, which may have been a primary motivation for getting implants in the first place, may diminish over time. Instead, women may prioritize comfort and health, valuing their natural appearance and embracing the changes that come with aging. Removing breast implants allows women to reclaim ownership of their bodies and find confidence and beauty in their natural selves, without the need for surgical enhancement. 

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Reason 3: Problems with Their Breast Implants

Breast implants, while generally safe and effective, can sometimes present complications that may lead to their removal. One common issue is capsular contracture, where the scar tissue capsule around the implant tightens, causing discomfort and distortion of breast shape.

Malposition of breast implants may occur, resulting in asymmetry or an unnatural appearance. Most commonly, the implants can stretch the breast tissue leading to inferior and lateral displacement: bottoming out. Leaking or deflated implants, often due to rupture or leakage of the implant's contents, may necessitate removal. This is a common cause of capsular contracture. Some individuals experience persistent pain associated with breast implants, leading to dissatisfaction and the decision to remove them. Animation deformity, a phenomenon where the implants move with muscle contraction, can be bothersome for some patients. Additionally, dissatisfaction with the overall appearance or size of the implants may prompt individuals to seek complete removal.

Reason 4: Health and Well-Being

For some women, the decision to remove breast implants is driven by a pursuit of a more natural state of well-being, acknowledging the significance of having a foreign body within their own. As time progresses, there is a growing recognition of the importance of aligning physical appearance with a sense of holistic health and authenticity. The presence of breast implants, seen as artificial enhancements, may be perceived as incongruent with the idea of a natural and harmonious well-being. The desire for a more authentic self and a genuine connection with one's body leads these women to undergo the removal of implants, opting for a state that feels more inherently aligned with their overall sense of physical and emotional well-being. This decision reflects a broader cultural shift towards embracing natural beauty and a deeper understanding of the interconnectedness between body and mind.

Recovery After Explant Surgery

After breast implant removal surgery, many women experience changes in the shape and volume of their breasts. Without the implants, the breast tissue may not be able to support the same fullness and projection as before, leading to a decrease in size. Additionally, there may be some excess skin due to aging, as well as possible stretch marks caused by the previous implants which can further contribute to a less ideal appearance. Some women may also experience changes in nipple position or sensitivity after implant removal.Recovery after breast implant removal typically takes longer than recovery after a regular breast augmentation surgery. The body needs time to adjust to the lack of foreign objects and may undergo changes such as swelling and bruising that need time to heal. Patients should follow their surgeon's post-operative instructions carefully and allow their body ample time to recover properly. In some cases, additional procedures like fat grafting or a breast lift may be recommended to help achieve the desired aesthetic outcome after implant removal.

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How To Make Your Breasts Look Great After Removal

Breast implant removal, while often pursued to address complications or dissatisfaction, can sometimes result in deformities that may impact the natural appearance of the breast tissue. Following implant removal, women may experience changes in breast shape, volume, and contour. Skin laxity may occur, leading to sagging or drooping of the breasts, especially if the implants were in place for an extended period. Some patients may also notice asymmetry or unevenness in breast appearance. The extent of these visual changes can vary based on factors such as the duration of implant use, skin elasticity, and the surgical technique used for removal.

In your explant consult with Dr. Burns, he will carefully assess your anatomy and new aesthetic goals to develop a tailored plan for breast implant removal and potential additional procedures, such as breast lift (for larger breasts or saggy breasts) or fat transfer (to add breast volume). If skin or nipple position is an issue, then a breast lift may be necessary on one or both sides. While achieving perfect symmetry is not always possible, getting the best symmetry possible is always important to achieve the optimal aesthetic outcome.

Schedule your Consult with Dallas Explant Surgeon,
Dr. John Burns, MD

If you are considering removing your breast implants, our team is here to help. During your consultation, explant specialist Dr. John Burns MD, will take the time to understand your goals and concerns and provide you with personalized recommendations on how to achieve the results you desire. We are dedicated to ensuring that every patient feels comfortable and informed throughout the process.

To schedule a breast explant consultation simply contact our team at info@drjohnburns.com. Our team will be happy to assist you in setting up an appointment that works with your schedule. We understand that this decision is an important one, and we are committed to providing you with the highest level of care and support throughout your journey towards achieving your desired aesthetic goals.

Contact us today to take the first step towards feeling confident and comfortable in your skin once again.

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