Breast augmentation is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures performed today. This procedure can dramatically enhance the shape of a woman’s breasts, and she can enjoy her outcome for years to come.
In some cases, however, patients choose to have their breast implants removed and restore the natural look of their breasts. Or, a woman may opt for a “breast re-augmentation” procedure to exchange her original implants for a new, more modern implant or an implant of a bigger or smaller size.
Making the choice to have your breast implants removed is a personal decision and, as such, it’s important to know exactly what to expect.
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Amy Simon, MD is the breast surgery expert, helping patients in Melbourne, Orlando, and throughout Central Florida reach their goals for beautiful breasts following a breast implant removal procedure.
Breast Implant Removal Consultation
A pre-operative consultation is always important for any procedure, but especially so for breast implant removal. This can be a very sensitive process for many women, so understanding the procedure and what results to expect is an important step in helping patients feel confident about their choice.
Dr. Simon (formerly Dr. Ortega) is well regarded for her compassionate care and her ability to make women feel at ease with the decisions they have made. During the consultation, she will discuss your desire for the breast implant removal and what your ultimate goals are for the surgery. She can suggest other procedures that may help you to achieve your desired result. At this time Dr. Simon will also examine the breasts and discuss your medical history.
Ideal Candidates for Breast Implant Removal
Over time, a woman may wish to remove or change her breast implants for personal reasons. If you are seeking to have your implants removed and/or replaced and are in good physical health, then you likely are an ideal candidate for breast implant removal performed by Dr. Amy Simon in Melbourne.
If you are uncertain if the procedure is right for you, a consultation with Dr. Simon can help you learn more about your options.
The Breast Implant Removal Procedure
Patients may elect to have their implant removal combined with other corrective techniques to address possible sagging and shape concerns.
To prevent sagging in the breast, it is common for Dr. Simon to perform a breast lift or mastopexy procedure performed alongside a breast implant removal. A breast lift tightens the skin around the breast and reshapes it for a firmer and perkier appearance without the need for an implant.
When possible, Dr. Simon tries to use the original breast augmentation incision line for the removal of the implant, which means patients will be spared any extra scarring. If a lift is needed to achieve a patient’s goals, there may be a new incision line as a result.
Recovery times for breast implant removal vary considerably based on the exact nature of the procedure(s) performed, ranging from a few days to a few weeks. If basic implant removal is performed, patients can resume most normal routines immediately and can typically return to work the next day. However, patients should avoid heavy lifting and physical exercise for at least a week to allow time for healing.
If a breast lift is performed alongside the implant removal, then recovery may take longer. This too is an outpatient procedure but patients will need to rest in the days following the surgery and may feel some mild discomfort and be unable to raise their arms. If a breast lift is performed, patients will need to wait several days to return to non-strenuous work and up to six weeks before they can re-engage in their full normal exercise routine.
Why Choose Clevens Face & Body Specialists for Your Breast Implant Removal?
Dr. Amy Simon has been performing breast surgery for more than 20 years, making a reputation for herself as one of the leading female plastic surgeons in the United States. She is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and completed two fellowships, including one fellowship specifically in her specialty area of breast surgery. Dr. Simon is noted for her sensitivity and compassion with patients as well as her outstanding results.
Breast Implant Removal Surgery FAQ
Why should I have my breast implants removed?
Patients may choose to have their breast implants removed for a variety of reasons, including aesthetic or lifestyle factors. No matter what prompts a patient’s decision, Dr. Simon can help you evaluate whether you are a candidate for breast implant removal and help you understand your options.
Is the procedure easy?
In some instances, breast implant removal can be much easier and quicker than your breast enhancement. If the existing incision line is used to remove the implant and no breast lift is performed, patients are usually back home within hours and able to resume non-strenuous work the following day.
Will my breasts return to being saggy and misshapen?
Though it is possible that the removal of breast implants can leave the breasts looking saggy and empty, Dr. Amy Simon is an expert at designing a treatment plan to help avoid this scenario. For example, a breast lift can be performed at the same time as a breast implant removal to reshape and restore some natural fullness to the breasts.
Can a breast implant removal be combined with other corrective procedures?
Yes. As well as often being accompanied by a breast lift, the implant removal can also be combined with other corrective treatments, such as an arm lift, tummy tuck, or liposuction.