There are various reasons why a woman may desire to have their breast implant removed. Some women feel that their breasts no longer look natural, while others may experience health complications such as capsular contracture or Breast Implant Illness. If you are considering removing your breast implants, it is important to consult with Matthew J. Lynch MD, to discuss your options and ensure that you make the best decision for your health.
The specialist can give the best breast implant removal procedure to meet your specific goal and help you choose what to do with the removed implants.
What are breast implants?
They are silicone shells filled with either saline (salt water) or silicone gel. They are used to increase the size and shape of the breasts. Breast implants are not intended to be lifelong devices; over time, they may need to be removed or replaced.
The procedure to remove breast implants is called explantation. During this procedure, the surgeon will make an incision in the skin and then carefully remove the implant. The surrounding tissue will be checked for any signs of disease or injury. Sometimes, the surgeon may also need to remove the capsule around the implant (capsulectomy).
Here are some common reasons why women choose to have their breast implants removed:
You no longer like the way they look
As women age, their breasts change. They may lose volume and become saggy. The shape and position of the implants may also change over time. If you no longer like how your breast implants look, you may choose to have the implants removed.
You are experiencing health complications
It is understandable to have concerns about potential health complications associated with breast implants. While the risks are low, there are some possible complications that you should be aware of, such as capsular contracture and Breast Implant Illness.
- Capsular contracture is when the scar tissue around the implant hardens and squeezes the implant. This can cause the breast to feel firm or lumpy. It may also cause pain and changes in the shape of the breast.
- Breast Implant Illness is a relatively new condition that is not well understood. However, some women with breast implants experience various symptoms, such as fatigue, muscle aches, joint pain, neurological problems, and rashes. If you are experiencing these symptoms, you may want to consider having your implants removed.
You want to have children
When planning to get pregnant, you may want to remove your breast implants first. There is no evidence that breast implants cause problems with pregnancy or breastfeeding, but some women feel more comfortable removing the implants before getting pregnant.
You no longer want the implants
Some women change their minds about having breast implants and decide that they want to have the implants removed. If you are no longer happy with your implants, an explanation can be your right decision.
If you plan to remove your breast implants, it is essential to consult with your doctor. The specialist can help you decide if explantation is right for you and discuss the risks and potential complications associated with the procedure.