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Breast After Implant Removal
What are my options for restoring breast shape after breast implant removal? I don't want to be left with small, saggy breasts after my breast implant removal. What are my options for restoring breast shape and perkiness? .
Will I lose feeling in my breast after a breast implant removal? I must have a breast implant removal because they are causing bleeding that cannot be stopped. A friend told me that once the procedure is done, I will lose all sensation in my breast area.
A friend's "advice": Friends sometimes say things without any real knowledge, which is frustrating. If you have bleeding and your implant must be removed for that reason, then numbness should be the least of your worries. Why are you bleeding? How recent was your implant surgery? How long have you been bleeding? Numbness isn't a big concern with a simple implant removal. ...Read more
Depends: Not sure what u mean by "dents". With implant removal, contour irregularities can occur. Alot depends on how much breast tissue you have, the more tissue the less removing the implants will affect. Alot of these irregularities will improve in time, but the cosmetic appearance may never be to your satisfaction. ...Read more
Will I be left with loose skin after breast implant removal? I'm concerned that I will be left with a bunch of loose, stretched-out skin after breast implant removal. Is this a possibility? .
Depends.: What breasts look like after explantation depends on several factors such as: the quality of skin elasticity (the better the elasticity the better the skin will bounce back), the size of the implants used (the larger the implant the more trouble you may have with redundant skin), and the amount of breast tissue present at this time (which may have changed since the time of your breast surgery). ...Read more
Do I have to wear any special garments after breast implant removal? Will I have to wear any sort of special bra or compression garment after my breast implant removal, and if so, for how long? .
You don't have to wear special garments after explant but you may very well have drains for a period of time and I would ask you to wear a bra while you were healing.
Dr. Edwards. ...Read more
Will I have bruising and bleeding after breast implant removal? How bad will the brusing be after my breast implant removal, and how long will it last? Also, do I need to worry about bleeding? .
Minor: Generally speaking, dependent on exactly what is done during the breast implant removal procedure, some bruising can be expected. Some patients require removal of breast implants only; this should be associated with very minimal bruising and recovery time. Other patients, require removal of breast implant capsule tissue as well; there may be more bruising/swelling/recovery time here. ...Read more
How long will it take me to recover after my breast implant removal? I feel like I just got done going through the processof having breast implant done.
Depends: If there are no complications, I tell my patients that they should begin to feel like themselves again after a couple of months. Most patients can get back to regular activities in a few days or couple weeks, and full maturity of the scars takes up to 2 years. ...Read more
Are there any alternatives available after a breast implant removal? I am having a breast implant removal because it made my breast much larger than I wanted. I know I will not be happy with my original breast size either. What other solutions are there f
Will there be any sagging after I have a breast implant removal? I'm not happy with how my breast implants have appeared over time and I'm thinking about getting them removed. I'm concerned about how my breasts will look after a breast implant removal, ho
Probably: After removing breast implants many patients have significant sagging of the skin which has been stretched over time. You may likely need a mastopexy (breast lift) after removing the implants. ...Read more
How long will it take me to recover after my breast implant removal? I feel like I just got done going through the process of having breast implant done and now I have to have them removed due to infection. I am hoping that is will not be a lengthy recove
Sorry to hear about the complication you have experienced.
Generally speaking, removal of breast implants is a very well tolerated procedure when it comes to discomfort and recovery time. Sometimes the use of drains are necessary; often breast re augmentation may have to wait for at least several months.
Best wishes. ...Read more
Not necessarily: With the current state of the art, implants may fail over your lifetime but that also means they may not. If ruptured or if other complications develop, you will certainly want to remove/replace the implants when problems occur. However, in the absence of complications there is no need to remove them. In the future, fat transfer may offer a longer term solution. ...Read more
Risks include standard risks such as infection, bleeding, abnormal scarring etc. Risks unique to removal of breast implants include unsatisfactory skin retreating, inversion/depression of a nipple/areola complexes, patient dissatisfaction with breast size/shape and the potential need for further surgery (such as breast lifting and/or breast re-augmentation) in the future.
Best wishes. ...Read more
What do you want?: Depends on what you want. Some women want new implants placed, some want them out for good. If you want new ones replaced then you can expect pretty good results. Depending on degree of rupture, your breasts may actually look better. If you don't want implants anymore, then you run the risk of having deflated breasts that lack a good shape. A mastopexy or fat grafting may help in this case. ...Read more
Breast implant: Removal is surgical procedure that usually is performed under anesthesia. If the procedure is just to remove implants, the procedure is rather short. If however, it is due to a complication such as capsular contracture or implant rupture, the procedure may be more involved. If the implants are large, the skin may be stretched out and a breast lift may be needed to repair any droop that occurs. ...Read more
Patient request: Apart from implant related problems, occasionally women don't want to be subject to maintaining a medical device which has a finite "shelf life". Occasionally having implants doesn't fit their aesthetic sense, as menopause occasionally increases the volume of natural tissue and cup size enlarges. Infrequently implants are removed during breast cancer surgery. ...Read more
There will be no change in your bodies reaction to medications if you do or do not have breast implants. There is no physiologic activity.
Arch miller ms, md, facs, faap. ...Read more
Simple or ruptured?: It depends on your unique circumstances. If you have an uncomplicated saline implant, implant removal can be quite simple and carried out under local anesthesia. If you have a "generation 2" silicone implant that has been ruptures and neglected for several years, removal can be considerably more complicated. ...Read more
Will range with size: The risks of implant removal range with the size of the implant as well as the material and the extent of rupture. Excessively large implants may leave the breast with a sagging or involuted appearance that may benefit from a simultaneous lift. Glandular resection and removals of effected nerves and muscle may be required in cases of extensive rupture. Otherwise, risks are comparable to any surge. ...Read more
Depends: If there are no complications, I tell my patients that they should begin to feel like themselves again after a couple of months. Most patients can get back to regular activities in a few days or couple weeks, and full maturity of the scars takes up to 2 years. The degree of "droop" or irregularity (dents) in the breasts may be variable after surgery. ...Read more
Removal of breast implants - do they take some of your breast tissue out along with the old implant?
Depending on the reason for breast implant removal and the condition of the implants, usually the goal would be to leave the breast tissue alone as much as possible to preserve whatever breast remains.
Sometimes if there is a ruptured implant with thick capsular scar tissue, it can be difficult to avoid removing some of the surrounding breast tissue. ...Read more
Does shifting of implants mean I need breast implant removal? I think my implants have shifted. Is breast implant removal the only way to fix it? .
No.: “shifting” of breast implants does not necessarily require removal of the breast implants. If the shifting or displacement of breast implant is significant or bothersome, revisionary breast surgery may be very helpful. Generally speaking, capsulorraphy surgery will serve to adjust the breast implant pocket so that the breast implant (s) remains in better position. ...Read more
Is it true removing breast implants is very simple, yet finding a surgeon who is expierences in removals are more difficult then ones to put them in?
Simple: The operation to remove breast implants is simple, but it is surgery and comes with all the usual surgical risks. The challenge with breast implant removal is the post operative results. Unlike breast reduction, breast implant removal does not tighten the skin, if anything support is removed with the implant. A breast lift can often lead to improved results, esp. W/ large implants & small breasts. ...Read more
Many: Apart from possible anesthesia complications, the surgical complications include, but not limited to, the following > infection, thick scars, collections of fluid and or blood, leftover pieces of the implant, need for repeat or corrective surgeries, deformities of the breast on rare occasions etc. Also, if the capsule is being removed > there can be left over pieces of the capsule. ...Read more
Ruptured or not.: Removal of an uncomplicated saline or silicone implant can be simple and performed under a straight local anesthetic if a capsulectomy is not required. Severe capsular contractures, pocket transitions, delayed silicone ruptures, textured implants, etc can present with various clinical pictures that may be significantly more complicated and may require more extensive surgical procedures. ...Read more
Very safe: Removal of breast implants can be done very safely if performed by an qualified plastic surgeon with experience in breast enhancement. The procedure generally involves removal of the implant with/without adjustment of the surrounding scar capsule. A drain is placed and ultimately removed 1-3 days later. Over time, the tissue then shrinks down and usually assumes a very natural appearance. ...Read more
BreastImplantRemoval: Women may decide for various reasons that they are ready for removal of breast implants. Breast implant removal is a straightforward procedure, but the decision must be made whether a breast lift is also desired, as breast implants stretch the breast skin over time, and after implant removal, the remaining breast tissue can appear loose and saggy. Discuss options with your plastic surgeon. ...Read more
Simple: Breast implant removal is simple, and can often be performed under local anesthesia. It is technically easer than the initial placement. It becomes more complicated with ruptured silicone breast implants, or thick capsules. The procedure should be performed by an experienced plastic surgeon in the appropriate setting. The impact of removal, physical and psychological, should be discussed. ...Read more
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