What Are My Options After a Breast Explant (AKA Breast Implant Removal)?

Published on January 22nd, 2020

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Breast implants are one of the most spectacular and sought-after creations of modern cosmetic science. But, they’re also not designed to last forever. Whether you’ve caught wind of a new breast-boosting technique that feels more you, or you’re ready to freshen up your feminine physique, there may come a time where you’re ready to hang up the ol’ implants or trade them in for something a little more on fleek. At Barrett Plastic Surgery, we understand the various reasons why patients might consider a breast explant, and we’re ready to guide you through the next step of your cosmetic journey. Hold on to your bras, ladies; we’re taking you through your options for your new look.

Implant Replacement

Implants are an excellent way to increase the size or enhance the shape of your breasts. But even though they’re long lasting, you should start looking into replacements for the implants you got ten years ago. Wipe away those sad faces though, because standard implant replacement is a thing – and we’re all about it.

This procedure is rather straightforward and will be similar to your initial breast augmentation. Depending on your goals, it may involve using the same size and type of implant or switching it for something smaller, bigger or alternately shaped. An implant replacement is suitable for those seeking to update old or damaged implants or revise their breast size due to weight changes, lifestyle choices or a mere change of mind. Under general anesthesia or local with IV sedation, you will be comfortably asleep while your implant is removed and replaced with your desired shape and volume. Voila – enjoy another full, perkier contour for many years to come.

Lift and Replace

Raise your hands if you’ve ever felt personally victimized by breast sagging.

No matter how well you support your breasts, time and gravity are powerful, unstoppable forces. One of the most common options for women who undergo a breast explant is implant replacement with a breast lift. This is ideal for patients who are happy with the size of their breasts but would like a more youthful positioning on the chest wall. A breast lift with implant replacement is a highly customizable procedure, which Dr. Barrett will design according to the current condition of your breasts and what you are hoping to achieve with treatment.

Whether you’d like to maintain the current volume of your breasts, spruce them up or slim them down, this surgery will involve replacing your implants with newer, healthier versions and lifting the area for an enhanced projection, shape and position. The result will be a more youthful contour that enriches your natural figure and restores confidence in your body, so you can flaunt it how you see fit.

Remove and Lift

So, your implants have had their day (or decade) and you’re ready to return to le vie au naturel. But what happens when au naturel means sagging or droopy breasts?

*cue panic*

For years, your breasts have stretched and expanded to accommodate your implants. After breast explant surgery, the remaining tissue will be elongated or flattened as a result. Your breasts will likely hang low with the nipple sitting at the bottom half and pointing downward. To address this issue, Dr. Barrett can perform implant removal in conjunction with a breast lift to leave the remaining tissue looking shapely and well-defined.

During implant removal and breast lift surgery, the breast tissue will be repositioned and tightened to re-create the shape of a natural-looking breast mound. This procedure will ensure that you’re not left with the effects of gravity, time and implant removal all weighing you down at once – literally. Once the implant has been extracted, a breast lift will improve the natural shape and position to create a raised, well-proportioned natural look.

Natural Augmentation

If your natural volume after explant surgery has left you disappointed, a natural fat transfer may be your next best option. This is a highly advanced procedure that uses tissue from your body to enhance the size of your breasts, creating safe and permanent augmentation results. However, there is a limit to how much volume can be added, so you will need to undergo an examination to ensure this is a suitable option for you.

To perform a natural fat transfer, Dr. Barrett uses liposuction techniques to remove unwanted fat from other areas of your body, such as the abdomen or hips. The fat is then purified and prepared for injection into your breast, where it will add subtle natural fullness. While the transfer may not replace the exact volume of your implant, it will enhance your natural size and allow you to embrace a fulfilling implant-free appearance.

We Provide the Options, You Make the Choice

Breast implant removal is a highly personalized procedure. In an in-depth consultation, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Barrett will examine your condition and understand your concerns to design a treatment plan tailored carefully to your needs and aesthetic goals. For those seeking to undergo explant surgery, your options are manifold, which means there are many ways to ensure you are left with a happier, more confident version of yourself.

At Barrett Plastic Surgery, we take every measure to ensure you are satisfied with your results. Whether you need to remove an implant for medical purposes, or you are merely seeking to upgrade your appearance, we will take the time to understand your reasons for treatment and walk you through the most effective solution. If you would like to learn more about your breast explant options, call us at (310) 598-2648 or fill out our online form to schedule a consultation at our offices in Beverly Hills, CA, today.

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