Breast Implant Removal: 4 Key Aspects You Should Know

Breast implant removal and breast reduction surgeries are on the rise.

As more people adopt a fitness-centric lifestyle, large breasts can often inhibit exercise, and the adverse impacts of having overly large breasts relative to a woman’s physique are well-documented.

While breast implant removal surgery can be a highly satisfying procedure, women considering the surgery must be fully aware of what to expect during and after they have their implants taken out.

Here, Dr. Josh Waltzman of The Waltzman Institute discusses four of the key aspects women should know about entering into breast implant removal surgery.

1. Not All Surgeons Are Equal

It is up to you, the patient, to choose your breast implant removal surgeon wisely.

As with any surgery, there is a list of potential complications associated with removing your breast implants. These may include:

  • Loss of sensation around the nipple and breast, lasting up to six months
  • Significant scarring
  • Sagging of the breasts
  • In severe cases, blood clots in your leg caused by the surgery

When you choose a trained, experienced, certified, and affiliated surgeon to perform your procedure, these risks are minimal. Nonetheless, you should be aware that choosing a cheap doctor in Thailand may not be the best idea.

2. Moderate Pain and Discomfort Are Normal

Following the removal of your implants, during the healing phase, women are typically sore. While most patients say the recovery from having the implants taken out is more comfortable than having them put in, you should still prepare to rest and limit your physical activity for approximately two to three weeks before you feel fully healed and ready to jump back in.

3. Get Ready for Smaller Breasts

Many women who have had their implants long enough to become accustomed to a larger, fuller, and more dramatic bustline become dissatisfied with the size of their breasts following implant removal. Procedures such as a breast lift or fat transfer augmentation can restore the shape and position of the breasts, though they will still be smaller than what you’re used to.

4. Replacing Your Implants Can Be a Challenge

If you have your implants removed and don’t immediately replace them, be aware that a follow-up breast implant procedure a year or two down the road is trickier and often more expensive than the initial surgery. The scar tissue and capsule formation left over from the original implants are the complicating factors here. Expert plastic surgeons can perform the task, but prepare for a riskier surgery with a higher cost.

Are You Ready for a Change?

As with any surgery, breast implant removal isn’t a decision to take lightly. Consult with Long Beach’s leading plastic surgeon, Dr. Waltzman, by calling (562) 448-6100 or filling out our online form before committing to any procedure.