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Why & When To Replace or Remove Breast Implants

Why & When To Replace or Remove Breast Implants


Breast implants have been around for over 50 years, and the overall patient satisfaction rate has remained high at about 90%. However, there are women who come into the office asking about removing or exchanging their implants. Generally, breast implants do not have to be removed unless there is a problem or true reason to remove them. Breast implants are not necessarily a guaranteed lifetime medical device, but they do not have an expiration date.

Women may choose to have their implants replaced or removed for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Implant size or type change
  • Poor implant position
  • Breast implant rupture, deflation or rippling
  • Concerns over illness or pain and discomfort

Remember, the choice to get breast implants is a personal one, and the choice to change or remove implants is also. Women should not hesitate to share their expectations, worries or current problems with their plastic surgeon. Listening to the patient is the first step to completing a successful procedure and plastic surgeons should focus on educating patients about their options and choices.

If you have a need or desire to replace your breast implants, the replacement operation is typically much quicker and less invasive than the original breast augmentation surgery. Exchanging your implants or adjusting their position can often be accomplished with a short procedure that allows you to return to work and exercise within days. Also, implants are not required to obtain perky, manageable, or desirable breasts. Often times women are happy to have their implants removed and undergo a breast lift. Sure, their breasts may appear smaller, but they prove to have less discomfort and more self-confidence. My patients continually tell me: “It’s not about size, it’s about perkiness and position!”

Women do have the right to change their wishes regarding their breast size and shape. What a patient wanted as a 25-year-old single woman may not at all be what she’s interested in as a happily married 50-year-old mother of three children. If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your breasts or think your implants are causing you discomfort or stress, you may be a candidate for breast revision surgery.

During your consultation, be sure to be open and honest with your surgeon about what you dislike about your current implants and about your expectations. Chances are, if you can think of it, your surgeon can do it. Breast surgery is not a one-size-fits-all procedure!

Women and Plastic Surgeons have many choices when it comes to breast enhancements. The skill, experience, and willingness of your Plastic Surgeon to educate you about your choices is important. Our role is to provide patients with accurate and credible information and to help you choose the option that is most pleasing to you.

If you are considering a breast implant replacement or removal, or any type of cosmetic breast surgery, it’s best to receive careful consultation of all options to help determine the appropriate course of treatment. Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation!