Breast implants are used to change the size and shape of the breasts. Placed during breast augmentation surgery, modern implants are intended to last for several years, though none are promised to last for a lifetime. Newer options, such as gummy bear implants, may retain their form in cases of rupture, but some women choose to have implants removed even when they have retained their optimal shape.
What are some of the top reasons women choose to have breast implants removed?
Issues with the Implant or Implant Placement
One of the most common reasons for breast implant removal is implant imperfections. This can include:
- Bottoming Out
- Ripples and Wrinkles
When an implant no longer looks or feels the way it is intended to, removal and replacement is often the best option. Many breast implant manufacturers offer warranties that cover cosmetic issues along with issues like capsular contracture, double capsule, and late forming seroma, and will provide replacements free of charge.
Change of Aesthetic Desires
Another common reason to have breast implants removed is a change in aesthetic desires. This may include a desire to go back to your natural size or a desire to modify your augmentation to produce different results, such as shape, size, and type of implants. In both cases, implant removal is the first step towards achieving these goals.
Breast Implant Illness
A newer reason for breast implant removal is a rare and complicated condition known as breast implant illness (BII). BII may be marked by several symptoms – many of which can seem unrelated to the breasts – such as excessive fatigue, joint and muscle pain, and rashes and dry skin.
In cases of BII, implant removal alone is not sufficient. Explantation along with capsulectomy has shown to offer the most reliable and consistent results. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. George Chatson utilizes the advanced en bloc capsulectomy technique to help ensure the safest and most reliable outcomes.
Would You Like to Learn More?
If you are considering breast implant removal or if you suspect you are suffering from breast implant illness, please call Dr. Chatson’s North Andover office at 978-687-1151 or his Nashua office at 603-882-2103 to schedule a private and confidential consultation today.