Breast implants are one of the greatest and most sought-after cosmetic science creations. And while it would be ideal if they lasted forever, this isn’t the case.
A breast explant refers to the removal of the breast implant following a complication or when a replacement is required.
If the time has come for you to schedule a second breast surgery, you may be wondering what your options are – here’s what you need to know.
Breast Explant – Your Options Following Removal
Breast Implant Replacement
If you were enjoying your implants up until this point, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t replace them. Since breast implant technology has changed, patients now have the option to upgrade their implants to newer versions that are safer and look and feel more natural.
The procedure is almost identical to your initial surgery, so you can expect more of the same. Depending on your desired outcome, you may want to select a different type, size and implant profile. You may also choose to place the implant over the muscle instead of underneath or vice versa.
Breast Lift & Implant Replacement
Even if you have implants, it doesn’t mean age and general sagging doesn’t affect you. Whether it’s due to age or pregnancy and breastfeeding, lifting the breasts and replacing your implants is another option.
According to Dr Magnusson, breast implant removal specialist, patients who are happy with the size of their implants but require a more youthful breast position will often pair a lift with replacement surgery.
Even if your implants aren’t necessarily due for replacement, it’s better to replace them during the lift to avoid having to schedule a second procedure later on. However, if scheduling another surgery in a few years is not an issue, you can simply lift the breasts without replacing your implants.
Either way, you are left with a more youthful contour that enhances your natural silhouette.
Breast Lift & Implant Removal
If you’ve enjoyed your breast implants but would now prefer to go more natural, you can choose to remove your implants completely. However, some women are left with sagging following removal, which is where a breast lift comes in.
It’s important to keep in mind that your breast skin has stretched to accommodate your implants, so some drooping is to be expected. If the sagging is severe, even the position of one or both nipples will be off, which is when a lift is highly recommended.
A breast lift will reshape and tighten the remaining tissue and may involve repositioning the nipples too. In essence, it will reverse the effects of the weight of the implants, leaving you with a natural, shapely result.
Implant Removal & Fat Transfer
Some patients find themselves missing the additional volume after implant removal but don’t necessarily want new implants. Fat transfer is an alternative to implants that uses the patient’s natural fat to subtly increase the size of the breasts. What’s more, since the process involves liposuction, patients benefit from the additional body-contouring effects.
There is a limit to the volume that can be added though. A surgeon will need to evaluate whether you’re an ideal candidate for this procedure during your breast explant consultation. Potential patients need to be in good physical health and have enough excess fat in an area such as thighs, stomach or arms.
Fat transfer will never replace the volume that your implants provided but you can enjoy a natural fullness after removal.
Making the Best Choice for You
Breast implant removal is a personalised procedure that requires the assistance of a qualified surgeon. A reputable surgeon will always take the time to understand your needs and preferences before making a recommendation.
If you ever feel pressured into replacing your implants, you may want to get a second opinion from a different surgeon.
Theirs is no need to schedule your breast surgery with the same surgeon who inserted your implants. If you didn’t have a positive experience the first time round or weren’t completely satisfied with the results, it’s best to search for a new surgeon.
Whatever option you decide to go with, know that with the help of the right surgeon, you can look forward to beautiful, natural results.