Breast augmentation with implants is a popular cosmetic surgery to enhance a woman’s breast contour by adding definition and volume. There are some situations, however, when a woman may choose or need to have her implants removed. For example, when an implant is ruptured or shifts out of position, removing the breast implants may be necessary for safety concerns. Other women reach a point in life where they feel their implants may be out of sync with their current lifestyles or preferences; in these cases, implant removal can help them feel great about their bodies again.

If a woman decides to remove her implants for any reason, she will need to consider how she’d like to have her breasts look afterward. The loss of volume that happens through implant removal can leave an aesthetic concern, such as excess skin or sagging of the breasts. Here are five solutions to consider if you are thinking about having your implants removed.

1. Out with the Old and in with the New

If the patient would like to upgrade her implants for a more innovative pair, she can choose to replace her current deceives with a different size, type, or shape. Many women want to go smaller or larger or would like a silicone core rather than their current saline. With so many newer models on the market today, like the gummy bear implant, women are upgrading their implants at an ever-increasing rate.

2. Breast Reduction

There may come a time when a woman does not want to carry around her implants any longer because of their weight or size, or she is entering a new stage in life. A breast reduction reduces the weight and size of her chest area, making it more comfortable and perhaps more conducive to her current lifestyle.

3. Breast Lift

When implants are removed, the patient runs the risk of her breasts losing elevation and sagging. A breast lift done in concert with an implant removal will correct any loss of elevation as well as eliminate any excess skin that remains.

4. Fat Transfer

For a more natural result, the void left by breast implant removal can be filled with fat cells taken from a donor site like the abdomen or thighs. This process employs liposuction to reposition excess fat from one area of the patient’s body and place it in the breast area. Fat transfer is often done concurrently with a lift to ensure the best results possible.

5. Implant Swap with a Lift

Although a breast implant swap will fill the empty cavity left behind by implant removal, it will not reposition the breast or nipple elevation. Women who want that sensual upward curve with her nipples gracefully sloping upwards may require a lift with her new implants.

If you are considering breast implant removal and would like to learn what options are available to you to ensure the best results possible, contact us today for a consultation.