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If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your augmented breasts, or if you’re experiencing complications related to your breast implants, one option is to have them removed. But what will your breasts look like after the implants are gone?

Unsure woman covering her bare breasts while a surgeon draws lines on her breast.

Breast implant removal surgery is recommended if you’re unhappy with the aesthetic appearance of your breasts — for example, they may look unnatural or disproportionate — or if you’re experiencing a medical complication.

If you still want larger breasts after the implants are removed, be sure to discuss this with your surgeon. 

Should You Remove or Replace Your Breast Implants?

There is no clear-cut answer when it comes to removing a breast implant. That’s because every patient has unique reasons for getting breast implants and unique circumstances under which they are removed.

In most cases, your surgeon will recommend that you replace your breast implants if you have complications with them or if you are displeased by the way they look.

However, if you choose to remove your implants, it is important to consult with your surgeon on the best way to proceed.

What Are the Benefits of Breast Implant Removal?

Most women who choose secondary breast surgery do so because they are uncomfortable in some way (either physically or emotionally). Breast implant removal can help rectify this situation and restore comfort. 

Whether you are correcting an implant complication (such as capsular contracture, implant rupture or deflation, or displacement) or desire to change the implant size, breast implant removal can leave you feeling healthier and more beautiful.

What Are The Typical Complications of Implant Removal?

There are many possible complications from implant removal. Here are the most common:

Infection — This can occur when there is a break in the skin or when bacteria get into the space around the implant. Open wounds or infections can lead to scarring and deformity that may be more extensive than the original breast surgery.

Pain — Any time you undergo surgery, pain is always a possibility. Many doctors will prescribe pain medications to control any discomfort you may feel during recovery. In addition to any post-surgery pain, you may also experience discomfort in your breasts after removal. This is due to swelling and inflammation that may occur in the area surrounding the implants.

Breast asymmetry or sagging — When implants are removed, there is always a risk that the breasts will not be symmetrical in size or shape. It’s important to discuss this with your surgeon before implant removal surgery so that they can provide you with an appropriate follow-up plan for restoring symmetry in your breasts.

How Can I Prevent My Breasts From Sagging After Removal?

Breast lift surgery is a cosmetic procedure that can be performed in conjunction with breast implant removal if you are unhappy with the appearance of your breasts after surgical removal of your implants. Breast lift surgery can help lift and reshape the tissue of the breast to appear more natural, perky, and youthful.

Where Do I Find a Plastic Surgeon in Pasadena?

Whether you’re looking to have a more youthful appearance, more confidence, or just more great skin, Dr. Martin O’Toole and Dr. Adam O’Toole are dedicated to providing their patients with the highest quality plastic surgery options.

Located in Pasadena, California, we invite you to visit our office for a free consultation to see if plastic surgery is right for you. For more information, fill out our online form or call us at 626-449-8910. We always love hearing from you.