Most of us are familiar with breast augmentation and the stunning enhancements it can make to a woman’s body, but you may be surprised to learn that breast implants are not designed to last forever. In fact, most women who undergo breast augmentation will require breast implant replacement or revision at some point in the future. Alternatively, Long Island, NY patients may decide to have their implants removed altogether. In either case, the professional team at Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery, led by board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. James Romanelli and Dr. John Layliev, can address your concerns, correct implant-related complications, and help you achieve your desired outcome with breast implant removal.
Once you’ve made the decision to undergo implant removal surgery, use this valuable information to help prepare yourself for the postoperative period to ensure a successful recovery and ideal result.
Why would someone need breast implant removal?
Typically, breast implant removal is the last thing on a woman’s mind when she first decides to have breast augmentation. However, implant replacement or removal will likely be required eventually, whether due to an implant-related complication or a change in personal preference. Common reasons that breast implant removal is performed include:
- Ruptured implant
- Capsular contracture
- Implant asymmetry
- Deflated implant
- Discomfort associated with breast implants
- Implant-related illness (extremely rare)
- Patient desires a larger or smaller implant
- Patient wants to change from saline to silicone (or vice-versa)
- Patient wants to look more natural
- Change in overall personal preference
During your initial consultation at Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery, conveniently located in the Long Island, NY area, your surgeon will discuss and evaluate your specific concerns and explain how breast implant revision, removal, or replacement may be able to help you achieve your desired look and/or relieve any uncomfortable symptoms.
Know what to expect after breast implant removal
Even though women undergoing breast implant removal have been through cosmetic breast surgery at least once before, it is important to know what to expect during and after this procedure specifically. Some notable aspects of breast implant removal healing and recovery include:
Appearance of breasts after implant removal
One of the first questions women ask about breast implant removal is what kind of scarring to expect. Fortunately. Drs. Romanelli and Layliev are often able to utilize the original breast augmentation incisions when removing an implant so that patients keep their visible scarring to a minimum. In some cases, however, additional incisions may be required. For example, when the skin has become so stretched out over time that implant removal results in sagging, drooping breasts, a breast lift – with additional incisions – may be needed. A breast lift may also be recommended to help women restore a perkier, more youthful breast position if they are having a larger implant replaced with a smaller one that does not fully fill out the breast pocket.
Length of recovery after breast implant removal
Breast implant removal recovery is generally less intense or lengthy as an initial breast augmentation recovery. However, patients should have realistic expectations for the postoperative period and understand that they have still undergone an invasive surgical procedure that will require adequate healing and recovery time. Most women are able to return to work about 1 – 2 weeks after breast implant removal, though their physical activity – including lifting, exercising, and more – will still be fairly restricted. Once you and your surgeon have finalized the specific details of your procedure, he will be able to give you a better idea of exactly what to expect during recovery, including how long you may need to take off of work.
When your results will be visible
For most women who undergo explant surgery or breast implant replacement, there will be an almost immediate noticeable difference. Whether the surgery has been used to correct asymmetry, replace a ruptured implant, or completely remove the implants and lift the natural breasts, a visible change will be fairly obvious. The final results of breast implant removal may take about 4 – 6 months to develop, though, as the remaining swelling resolves, the scars continue to fade, and the tissues and/or new implants settle into place.
Feel more comfortable in your own skin with Long Island, NY breast implant removal
Whether you have experienced an implant complication, are unhappy with your breast implants, or simply want a change, breast implant removal can be a fantastic solution. Our knowledgeable team, including expert board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. James Romanelli and Dr. John Layliev, is highly experienced in the complex and delicate nature of breast implant revision and removal procedures and takes great care to customize each and every surgery to meet the patient’s personal needs and goals. If you are ready to finally feel comfortable and confident about your body once again, call our friendly office in Huntington, NY today to schedule your one-on-one consultation at Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery!