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As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end.
It might be strange to think this way of body parts, but cosmetic surgery has shown us we can modify and enhance nearly everything, especially the breasts.
Breast augmentation is still the top cosmetic procedure, according to 2018 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
But no implant lasts forever, and even the most durable designs need a replacement at some point.
Some women feel intimidated at the thought of removing their implants, but breast implant explantation is a safe procedure expressly designed to help women navigating this change.
When It’s Time: Why Should I Get My Breast Implants Removed?
It might sound counterproductive to go through the trouble of getting breast implants and then deciding to get them removed. But, we all go through changes in life that bring us to places we don’t always expect.
Here are some of the changes that can cause women to have their breast implants removed:
Changes to our body due to aging, weight loss or gain, or other factors may cause breast implants to no longer fit in as well as before.
Implants Need Updating:
On average, most breast implants are designed to last between 10 to 15 years. Breast implants that have been in place for this amount of time may need to be removed for replacement.
Implant Rupture or Leak:
Breast implants may sometimes rupture or leak, in which case they need to be removed as soon as possible.
Pain or Discomfort:
Most breast implants involve the formation of a capsule of scar tissue around the implant, which typically stays soft but could start to harden and tighten, causing discomfort.
Some women simply get tired of how their breasts look with implants. They may feel exhausted with implants that are too large or heavy.
How Breast Implant Removal Is Performed
Dr. Taranow usually performs breast implant explantation surgery as an outpatient procedure. They may be removed using local anesthesia (Novocaine/Lidocaine) or with a little sedation (given by a board certified anesthesiologist) for those patients who desire or require it.
The capsule or scar tissue is not removed unless it is thickened or calcified.
Breast implant explantation surgery may be combined with a breast lift to better lift and tighten breast tissue.
What Comes Next: What Happens After Surgery
Recovering From Breast Implant Explantation
It will take one or two days for you to fully recover from your breast implant explantation surgery and you may return to work as soon as you feel up to it.
Dr. Taranow will provide specific instructions to make after-care easier. Drains are almost never used and the sutures dissolve so there are none to remove.
A sports bra is used for a few days post-op to reduce swelling.
Breast implant removal is designed for long-term results. While the outcome really depends on each individual patient, most women are happy with their breast implant removal, especially when it is combined with a breast lift for the best final results.