By Victoria Murphy, NP
Let’s talk about removing your breast implants!
Over the last few years, many women have chosen to have their breast implants removed entirely and not have them replaced, a trend that has been growing in popularity. Sometimes it’s for health reasons, and other times it’s because they are no longer happy with the size or they simply don’t want to deal with the inevitable fact that, at some point, they will most likely need another surgery to replace them.
Whatever the reason may be, the most common question we get is: “What will my breasts look like after they are removed?” This fear of deflation or disfigurement can often be a deterrent for women who want to maintain a beautiful breast shape and size.
It is impossible for us to predict exactly what you will look like without your implants; however, we can tell you that you will be smaller and have much less projection. With that being said, every person is different, and there are many factors that can affect your final breast outcome. How much breast tissue you have, how big your breast implants are, and whether or not you choose to have a breast lift or fat grafting at the time of your explantation surgery will all have an impact on your outcome.
After breast implants are removed, the breast can appear saggy and hollow. But don’t worry; there is a solution! These issues can be corrected with a procedure called auto-augmentation mastopexy, where your breasts are lifted, and your own breast tissue is reconfigured to fill in the hollowness. This will help to restore a beautiful (although smaller) more natural breast shape. Patients are usually surprised and quite pleased with what can be achieved with the auto-augmentation breast lift procedure. Some patients may also be a candidate for fat grafting to the breast to replace some (not all) of the volume lost when the implants were removed. If this sounds like a good option for you, come see us today!