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Deciding Between Breast Implant Exchange vs Removal

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Breast implant removal or breast implant exchange can be a difficult decision to make. There are many reasons women may want to undergo one of these procedures, but it is essential to understand the benefits and risks of each type before making a decision. This article discusses some considerations for both procedures so the patient has more knowledge about their options and can make an informed decision about which method is best for them.

What is Breast Implant Removal?

Breast implant removal, or explantation, involves removing an existing breast implant while leaving the scar tissue created by the initial surgery intact. In most cases, the scar tissue will shrink with time and become less noticeable. If a patient already has stretched out or ruptured implants, they may choose to undergo breast reconstruction surgery in conjunction with removal. Women decide to remove their implants because they are experiencing problems with their breasts, such as pain or discomfort.

What is Breast Implant Exchange?

Breast implant exchange involves replacing an existing breast implant with a new implant. In some ways, this is similar to breast lift surgery because it corrects the positioning of the existing implants. The procedure is helpful for women who feel that their current implants are not providing them with fullness in the upper part of their breast or are positioned too high on their chest wall.

Issues to Consider Before Choosing Breast Implant Removal

One of the main reasons a woman will choose to have her breast implants removed is because they are causing her pain, discomfort, or other issues. If this is the case, it is essential to find out what the cause of this issue is so that it can be effectively treated. Most implant removal procedures are complicated and require significant recovery time. As a result, the patient must be 100% committed to recovery. When deciding whether to undergo this procedure, it is essential to consider:

Existing Implants

If you are considering having your breast implants removed because they are causing you pain or discomfort, you must ask about any existing implants. Some women have excessively large implants or have ruptured the silicone and silicone gel into their skin. These implants may cause more problems in your body and lead to more severe issues such as inflammation, infection, and even capsular contracture. It is important to remove the damaged implants but if you do not want them permanently removed, new implants can replace them.

Scar Tissue

Many women who undergo breast implants will experience some level of scar tissue formation after their initial surgery. If this scar tissue becomes too severe, it can limit the degree to which your breasts will be able to expand as a result of the new implants. In this case, a breast implant removal will be necessary so that this scar tissue can be removed and your breasts can expand to their full potential.

Size of the Implants

The size of your implants will also affect the recovery you experience after your surgery. If you have small implants and choose to remove them, you will find it easier to recover than women with larger implants. It is also easier to transition back into your regular life afterward.

Issues to Consider Before Choosing Breast Implant Exchange

The main reason a woman will choose to have her breast implants replaced is that they are causing problems or she would like larger or smaller-sized breasts. However, it is essential to consider the possible issues that may arise after surgery before choosing this option. The following are some considerations to make:

Previous Surgeries

If you have had other surgeries in the chest area after your breast implants were placed, you may find scar tissue buildup, which may restrict the degree to which your breasts can be expanded after an exchange. As a result, you may need to undergo additional surgeries for the two procedures to work together.

Placement of New Implants

If you want your new implants put in a different location from your old ones, you will need to find a surgeon with experience with this type of procedure. This way, they can ensure that both areas are appropriately filled out. If they are not correctly filled out, it can result in the buttocks and the outer upper chest wall looking disproportional and unnatural.

Skin Changes

If your skin is changing due to high levels of silicone gel inside of the implant, it may not be possible for the two procedures to work together correctly. Additionally, your skin may have changed over time and lost elasticity, which causes your breasts to sag even with the implants or previous breast augmentation. This will require additional surgeries before your new implants can be placed or removed.

Schedule a Consultation

If you are interested in breast implant removal or breast implant exchange, it is essential to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lorraine Golosow and other board-certified plastic surgeons. Call our office today or fill out an online contact form.

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