Choosing to remove your implants is a major decision. Worries over the appearance of your breasts after explant surgery shouldn’t have to be one of your concerns. Of course, we understand this is a significant factor for almost all of our patients considering removing their breast implants. If you’re unhappy with your breasts for any reason, you deserve options, and we can provide them.
Dr. Sayed is a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience and a deep understanding of every aspect of the breast reconstruction process. He has worked with women of all ages and body types and provides his expert opinion to help you achieve attractive, beautiful breasts after removing your implants.
Below we have listed some of the most popular and successful reconstruction options after implant removal. If you want to schedule a consultation or have any questions you’d like answered, please get in touch with our San Diego or Newport Beach, CA, offices by calling 858-247-2933 today.
Lipoaugmentation, which also goes by the names of fat transfer or a fat graft, is a somewhat recent innovation in breast reconstruction surgery. It provides stunning, natural-looking and feeling fullness post explant.
By removing fat tissue from other parts of your body — often “problem areas” such as love handles, thighs, abdominal area, or butt — via liposuction, Dr. Sayed provides holistic results to slim your figure. He purifies the extracted fat cells and carefully injects them into your breasts to provide volume, shaping, and an overall harmonious body contour. Though lipoaugmentation generally does not have the same capability to increase your breast volume as implants do, the results are often comparable.
A recent clinical study found that both patients and doctors to prefer the results of lipoaugmentation after explant surgery to implants themselves. If you are hoping for a natural-looking, transformative reconstruction, fat transfer could be right for you. For patients hoping for more comprehensive lift and sculpting, Dr. Sayed can combine this procedure with a breast lift.
A Breast Lift
After your implant removal, your breasts will be considerably smaller. The loss of volume can result in excess tissue causing your breasts to look saggy or deflated — especially if you have low skin elasticity. The change in size also can lead to your nipples and areolas looking unproportional in comparison to your new, smaller breasts.
For patients who undergo a drastic downsize, these symptoms can become quite pronounced. Luckily, a breast lift can efficiently address all of these issues and restore a youthful-looking, firmer, shapely breast contour with aesthetically pleasing nipple sizing and placement. Breast lifts do tend to result in additional scarring, but the majority of patients feel it’s worth it to get breasts they love. Plus, over time, when properly cared for, scarring tends to flatten and fade.
Swap Your Implants
If you are only hoping for a change in size or love the results of your implants but choose to remove them due to rare conditions such as capsular contracture, implant replacement can provide a gorgeous final result with minimal downtime.
Dr. Sayed can remove your existing implants using the same incision site as your initial enhancement (causing no extra scarring). He then inserts new implants of your desired size, shape, and placement to provide the results you want. Since your body has already developed an implant “pocket” and stretched to accommodate your initial implants, the recovery time tends to be considerably less extensive than your initial augmentation.
Some women want to return to their natural breasts due to discomfort or increased neck and back pain caused by their breast enhancement. In that case, a breast reduction after implant removal can provide instant relief. Performed similarly to a breast lift, often using the same incision patterns, a breast reduction varies in how much tissue Dr. Sayed removed from your breasts.
DIEP Flap Breast Reconstruction
Using tissue taken from targeted areas of your body, DIEP Flap breast reconstruction restores symmetry and provides natural-looking results. This procedure is ideal for women hoping to achieve smaller breasts after explant surgery. Generally, this technique requires a short recovery period and minimizes any discomfort or risk of complications.
Schedule a Consultation
Whether you’ve been on the fence about removing your implants for a while, or are just beginning to consider this as an option, you don’t need to worry about what your breasts will look like after explant surgery. Dr. Sayed, a skilled, board-certified plastic surgeon, can help you craft a breast contour you love.
If you’d like to schedule a consultation, please give our San Diego, CA, office a call at 858-247-2933 or contact us online.