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Breast Implant Removal Surgery

In today’s fast paced world, people are feeling more pressure to stand out physically in order to make that important striking first impression. Whether it’s for business purposes or for doing well on the dating scene, many people find that their physical appearance is more important than ever. Besides being easy on the eyes for another person, looking great provides a valuable boost to a person’s self-confidence. However, there are many things that we can’t change on our bodies that can drive us crazy. For that reason, more and more people are turning to plastic surgery to get their dream look. You don’t have to look at celebrity plastic surgery examples like Pamela Anderson and Anna Nicole Smith to see that breast implants are a phenomenal way to draw attention to yourself. While these starlets were able to propel themselves to fame and glory through the addition of their breast implants, many breast augmentation surgery patients are content with how much their breast implants have changed their relationship with others and themselves. Of course, there is one downside to breast augmentation – it is attempting to create changes in a person’s body, one that is constantly changing. As a result, breast augmentation patients understand that their breast implants come at a price – further surgery in the future. For that reason, if you are considering undergoing breast augmentation surgery, it is important that you understand breast implant removal surgery as there is a good chance that you will have to undergo this treatment years after undergoing breast implant surgery. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS) reported that there were over 40,000 breast implant removal surgery treatments performed last year. Although this figure represents a small fraction when compared to the over 235,000 breast augmentation surgery treatments performed last year, it shows that there are some scenarios where breast implant removal is required or desired.

Why undergo breast implant removal surgery?

There are three predominant reasons why patients undergo breast implant removal surgery. One of these reasons is patients wanting a change in the size and shape of their breast implants. In some cases, patients that have large breast implants find that they no longer like the immense size of their breast implants and would prefer to have smaller breast implants that provide them with a more proportional look. This is one of the most under examined aspects of breast augmentation surgery. While many people find that getting large breast implants is a great idea, most plastic surgeons recommend that individuals only increase their breast size by two cup sizes at the most when undergoing breast augmentation surgery. Unfortunately, many patients disregard this advice and find that those large breast implants make them look unrealistic or cause health problems due to the heaviness and large size of the implants. Of course, there are some occasions where breast implant removal surgery patients are undergoing the treatment so they can replace their existing breast implants for larger breast implants. Unfortunately one of the three main reasons why people undergo breast implant removal surgery is due to breast implants gone wrong. In some cases, breast augmentation surgery patients find that one of their breast implants has either leaked or ruptured. This refers to one of the patient’s breast implants deflating causing a disproportionate look between the patient’s breasts. In cases where the patient has silicone breast implants, there is the potential that the silicone gel that is used as the breast implant filler material can enter the bloodstream and could potentially lead to the development of capsular contracture. However, for patients that have had saline breast implants gone wrong, they do not have to worry about any additional health problems as the saline gel that is used as the breast implant filler material will enter and leave the patient’s bloodstream in a day with little consequence. Of course, regardless of the type of breast implant filler material used in the ruptured breast implant, the patient will undoubtedly want to undergo breast implant surgery again, which would require breast implant removal surgery to remove the ruptured breast implant. The third most common reason why individuals undergo breast implant removal surgery is to treat capsular contracture. Out of all the scenarios of plastic surgery gone wrong, capsular contracture is probably the most serious and worst. There are very few things that indicate the Dangers of Plastic Surgery then looking at breast implants before and after photos that show how much capsular contracture has ravaged the person’s breasts. Capsular contracture develops when scarring forms around a patient’s breast implant. Although it is a rare occurrence, capsular contracture can cause a person discomfort and pain. While it is most commonly associated with silicone breast implants, the only way to treat capsular contracture is to undergo breast implant removal surgery and concurrently remove the scar. Although these three reasons make up nearly 75% of the reasons why people undergo breast implant removal surgery, there are still a number of other reasons why people choose to have their breast implants removed. These reasons include breast implant infection, breast implant wrinkling, sagging breasts, breast implant scarring, or the diagnosis of breast cancer.

Breast Implant Removal Surgery Procedure

When a person undergoes breast implant removal surgery, they are typically given either a local anesthetic or a general anesthetic. The treatment is usually performed at an outpatient surgery center and can take up to an hour and a half to complete, depending on whether the plastic surgeon has to remove the scar around the breast implant that occurs when the patient has capsular contracture. In this treatment, the plastic surgeon typically makes an incision around the patient’s areola or under the fold of the patient’s breast. From there, the plastic surgeon will carefully remove the breast implant. In many cases, breast implant removal surgery is combined with another plastic surgery treatment such as breast augmentation surgery or a breast lift. In cases where the patient is just undergoing breast implant removal surgery, they can expect to feel mild discomfort and some levels of swelling and bruising in the days following the treatment. However, breast implant removal surgery is typically a quick procedure that patients recover from in just a few days. What some breast implant removal surgery patients may have to prepare for is the emotional ordeal of not having their breast implants anymore and returning to a smaller breast size. Although some people find this transition to be difficult, it’s important to understand that it isn’t exactly the end of the world to no longer have breast implants. There is always the option of undergoing breast implant surgery again in the future.