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Implant Removal

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Breast Implant Removal

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Implant Removal

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BREAST IMPLANT REMOVAL

Breast augmentation has been, and continues to be, one of the top two cosmetic surgeries every year, but an increasing number of women are opting to have their breast implants removed. The numbers are still dwarfed by those wishing to augment their breasts with implants, but there is some growth in implant removal. This could be due in part to the recent FDA recall and ban on Allergan Biocell textured implants due to their risk of possible development of a type of lymphoma known as anaplastic large cell lymphoma.

Regardless of the reasons, Dr. Saltz helps patients who want to remove their breast implants. He often combines removal with a breast lift for the best aesthetic results.

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BREAST IMPLANT REMOVAL

Breast augmentation has been, and continues to be, one of the top two cosmetic surgeries every year, but an increasing number of women are opting to have their breast implants removed. The numbers are still dwarfed by those wishing to augment their breasts with implants, but there is some growth in implant removal. This could be due in part to the recent FDA recall and ban on Allergan Biocell textured implants due to their risk of possible development of a type of lymphoma known as anaplastic large cell lymphoma.

Regardless of the reasons, Dr. Saltz helps patients who want to remove their breast implants. He often combines removal with a breast lift for the best aesthetic results.

breastred is 1063837974

BREAST IMPLANT REMOVAL

Breast augmentation has been, and continues to be, one of the top two cosmetic surgeries every year, but an increasing number of women are opting to have their breast implants removed. The numbers are still dwarfed by those wishing to augment their breasts with implants, but there is some growth in implant removal. This could be due in part to the recent FDA recall and ban on Allergan Biocell textured implants due to their risk of possible development of a type of lymphoma known as anaplastic large cell lymphoma.

Regardless of the reasons, Dr. Saltz helps patients who want to remove their breast implants. He often combines removal with a breast lift for the best aesthetic results.

Breast implant removal is a surgical procedure with Dr. Saltz where he removes a patient’s breast implants from a former augmentation procedure. He can usually enter through the incisions used to place the implants. If the patient has any signs of an unusual amount of scar tissue from capsular contracture, he will remove the hardened capsule of scar tissue along with the implants. If the scar tissue is still soft and malleable, he will likely leave it in place.

Compared with augmentation, the number of women choosing to have their implants removed is quite low. More common is breast revision surgery to either exchange implants that have ruptured, increase implant size, or correct issues such as asymmetry. For a woman after augmentation, at least one and more likely two or more implant revision surgeries will be necessary over her lifetime.

For women choosing to remove and not replace their implants, these are their typical reasons: 

  •     Capsular contracture — Capsular contracture is the process of excessive scar tissue forming around the implants causing tightness and pain in the chest. The implants are removed through revision surgery, along with most of the excess scar tissue.
  •     Health concerns — Some women have symptoms of a condition being called “breast implant illness.” Although there isn’t any research to specifically link implants to health outcomes, patients anecdotally report these symptoms: fatigue, memory loss, headaches, joint and muscle pain, hair loss, recurring infections, and swollen lymph nodes. The other concern is the recent recall of textured implants by the FDA mentioned above.

·      Age — Some women as they become older don’t want the prospect of their older years having breast implants in place. They simply opt to remove them and have a breast lift. This removes sagging tissue and firms up their breasts and that’s how they want their later years to go.

Once your implants are removed your breasts will not return to how they appeared prior to augmentation. This is because the weight of the implants will have stretched your skin and support tissues. Changes usually also occur in the rib area. It’s highly likely your breasts will be sagging and flattened. They may be uneven.

For the reasons mentioned above, Dr. Saltz typically recommends a breast lift for patients having their implants removed. This is because with a breast lift, Dr. Saltz can remove the loose hanging skin, reposition the remaining breast tissue, and likely relocate the nipple/areola complex. The goal with a breast lift is to return the breasts to a higher position on the chest, which will be important for you to be satisfied with the appearance of your breasts after removing your implants. As mentioned, without a lift, it’s likely your breasts will be quite flat and saggy without the implants. This is especially true the longer you have had implants, and with larger implant sizes.

These are not difficult recoveries if you simply have Dr. Saltz remove the implants. You’ll be sore on the small incisions for a few days, but you won’t have a lengthy recovery. Your chest will feel different without the implants, but it isn’t a sensation of pain.

 

As mentioned above, however, most patients having implants removed also request a breast lift, so they aren’t left with flattened sagging breasts after the implants are removed. Because there is more tissue repositioning and excision of excess sagging skin, the addition of a breast lift makes these recoveries more involved. You won’t be able to lift anything more than a gallon of milk for about one month. Any heavier lifting or strenuous exercise will need to wait for six weeks after a breast lift.

Because Dr. Saltz can enter through your original incisions to remove your implants, simply removing them doesn’t involve much risk. Yes, it is surgery, so there are the usual risks of infection, excessive bleeding, and such. Also, there may be slightly more risk if he needs to remove the capsule of scar tissue. 

The real risks are that your breasts will not look the way you’d like after the implants are removed. That’s why Dr Saltz recommends a breast lift with implant removal procedures.

That depends. Dr. Saltz will use your original incisions to remove your implants, so obviously this doesn’t create any new scarring. But if he also performs a lift to improve the sagging loose skin, that will create some scarring. The typical incision method for a lift in these cases would be either a lollipop incision (circling the areola and dropping down to the breast crease) or an anchor incision (the lollipop incision plus the incision extends along the breast crease in both directions). The method he uses will be dictated by the amount of sagging skin that needs to be removed. This will leave scarring.

Your chest dimensions will obviously be smaller after Dr. Saltz removes your implants. If he has also performed a breast lift, however, you won’t have the sagging, loose skin and flattened appearance that occurs with implant removal on its own. Breast lifts bring the breast mass back up to a higher position on the chest. Lifts remove excess sagging skin and reposition tissue as needed. The nipple/areola complex is usually moved to a higher position, as well. With a breast lift, your breasts will be smaller, but they will not be sagging and overly flattened.

Breast implant removal is a surgical procedure with Dr. Saltz where he removes a patient’s breast implants from a former augmentation procedure. He can usually enter through the incisions used to place the implants. If the patient has any signs of an unusual amount of scar tissue from capsular contracture, he will remove the hardened capsule of scar tissue along with the implants. If the scar tissue is still soft and malleable, he will likely leave it in place.

Compared with augmentation, the number of women choosing to have their implants removed is quite low. More common is breast revision surgery to either exchange implants that have ruptured, increase implant size, or correct issues such as asymmetry. For a woman after augmentation, at least one and more likely two or more implant revision surgeries will be necessary over her lifetime.

For women choosing to remove and not replace their implants, these are their typical reasons: 

  •     Capsular contracture — Capsular contracture is the process of excessive scar tissue forming around the implants causing tightness and pain in the chest. The implants are removed through revision surgery, along with most of the excess scar tissue.
  •     Health concerns — Some women have symptoms of a condition being called “breast implant illness.” Although there isn’t any research to specifically link implants to health outcomes, patients anecdotally report these symptoms: fatigue, memory loss, headaches, joint and muscle pain, hair loss, recurring infections, and swollen lymph nodes. The other concern is the recent recall of textured implants by the FDA mentioned above.

·      Age — Some women as they become older don’t want the prospect of their older years having breast implants in place. They simply opt to remove them and have a breast lift. This removes sagging tissue and firms up their breasts and that’s how they want their later years to go.

Once your implants are removed your breasts will not return to how they appeared prior to augmentation. This is because the weight of the implants will have stretched your skin and support tissues. Changes usually also occur in the rib area. It’s highly likely your breasts will be sagging and flattened. They may be uneven.

For the reasons mentioned above, Dr. Saltz typically recommends a breast lift for patients having their implants removed. This is because with a breast lift, Dr. Saltz can remove the loose hanging skin, reposition the remaining breast tissue, and likely relocate the nipple/areola complex. The goal with a breast lift is to return the breasts to a higher position on the chest, which will be important for you to be satisfied with the appearance of your breasts after removing your implants. As mentioned, without a lift, it’s likely your breasts will be quite flat and saggy without the implants. This is especially true the longer you have had implants, and with larger implant sizes.

These are not difficult recoveries if you simply have Dr. Saltz remove the implants. You’ll be sore on the small incisions for a few days, but you won’t have a lengthy recovery. Your chest will feel different without the implants, but it isn’t a sensation of pain.

 

As mentioned above, however, most patients having implants removed also request a breast lift, so they aren’t left with flattened sagging breasts after the implants are removed. Because there is more tissue repositioning and excision of excess sagging skin, the addition of a breast lift makes these recoveries more involved. You won’t be able to lift anything more than a gallon of milk for about one month. Any heavier lifting or strenuous exercise will need to wait for six weeks after a breast lift.

Because Dr. Saltz can enter through your original incisions to remove your implants, simply removing them doesn’t involve much risk. Yes, it is surgery, so there are the usual risks of infection, excessive bleeding, and such. Also, there may be slightly more risk if he needs to remove the capsule of scar tissue. 

The real risks are that your breasts will not look the way you’d like after the implants are removed. That’s why Dr Saltz recommends a breast lift with implant removal procedures.

That depends. Dr. Saltz will use your original incisions to remove your implants, so obviously this doesn’t create any new scarring. But if he also performs a lift to improve the sagging loose skin, that will create some scarring. The typical incision method for a lift in these cases would be either a lollipop incision (circling the areola and dropping down to the breast crease) or an anchor incision (the lollipop incision plus the incision extends along the breast crease in both directions). The method he uses will be dictated by the amount of sagging skin that needs to be removed. This will leave scarring.

Your chest dimensions will obviously be smaller after Dr. Saltz removes your implants. If he has also performed a breast lift, however, you won’t have the sagging, loose skin and flattened appearance that occurs with implant removal on its own. Breast lifts bring the breast mass back up to a higher position on the chest. Lifts remove excess sagging skin and reposition tissue as needed. The nipple/areola complex is usually moved to a higher position, as well. With a breast lift, your breasts will be smaller, but they will not be sagging and overly flattened.

 

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At Saltz Plastic Surgery, we put our patients first and foremost. When you call us or submit an online contact form, our office will set up your consultation and our skilled physicians will walk you through your options. Do not hesitate to reach out to us any longer. Call 801.274.9500 for our Salt Lake City office or 435.655.6612 for our Park City office.

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