Answering Your Top Questions About Breast Implant Removal

Board-Certified Plastic Surgeons Serving Denver & Lone Tree, Colorado

Posted: April 10, 2019

Breast implants can help you accomplish your cosmetic goals and boost your self-confidence. However, you’re not alone if you’re considering removing them. Approximately 20,500 patients underwent breast implant removal in the United States in 2017, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. 

At Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery, we want to answer any questions that you may have about this procedure. We believe that every woman should have the resources she needs to decide if breast implant removal is an appropriate choice.

Why Would I Want — or Need — to Remove My Breast Implants?

While breast implants can provide amazing aesthetic results for years, they are not meant to be lifetime devices. They may need to be replaced every 10 or 15 years, depending on a variety of individual factors.

Women typically have their breast implants removed for a few reasons, including:

  • Addressing a damaged implant
  • Replacing an older implant with a newer model
  • Changing breast implant size, shape, or material
  • Correcting capsular contracture or scar tissue
  • Reversing the aesthetic results of breast augmentation

If you are not experiencing any issues with your implants, you can likely leave them in place and monitor them. However, if you want to remove them for cosmetic reasons, you have the option to do so.

Do I Have To Replace Breast Implants After Removing Them?

Typically, when women have their breast implants removed, they replace them with newer implants. This process — called implant exchange — allows them to maintain the aesthetic results of their initial augmentation.

However, you don’t have to replace your implants. Our skilled plastic surgeons can remove your implants and help restore your breast profile to its original appearance.

How is Breast Implant Removal Performed?

Your specific procedure may vary depending on a variety of unique factors. Our surgeons will discuss exactly what you can expect during your consultation.

For your safety and comfort, you will be sedated during your procedure. Our surgeons will likely make an incision along the lower fold of your breasts, or below your areolas. Then, they will remove your breast implants and any internal scar tissue that may have formed over time. Finally, they will close the incisions.

Should I Combine Breast Implant Removal with a Breast Lift?

Many women still have a pleasing breast shape after having their implants removed. You may not need any additional breast procedures to achieve your desired results.

However, your breast profile may be flatter or droopier than it was before your surgery. A breast lift can help by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to elevate your breasts. Our surgeons can discuss your options for combining breast implant removal with a breast lift.

Schedule Your Lone Tree Breast Implant Removal Consultation

Our board-certified plastic surgeons will happily answer any other questions that you may have. Call us at 303-706-1100 to schedule your in-person consultation. We serve patients from Denver, Lone Tree, and the surrounding areas of Colorado.