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Breast Implant Removal: Why Thousands of Women are Doing It

Since it was first introduced, breast augmentation has become one of the most popular and best-known plastic surgeries available. For countless patients, the procedure has provided the opportunity to enjoy renewed self-confidence and comfort in their appearance. In recent years, however, the number of women seeking implant removal has increased dramatically.  While the reasons may be personal, they can often be sorted into three distinct categories:

Changing Ideals

As with every generation, the features that are considered beautiful change over time. Today’s trends of creating more natural enhancements to a woman’s body is a complete 180 from the old mantra “bigger is better”. As a result, some women are seeking breast implant removal as a means of updating their appearance to match this newer emphasis on natural curves. Unnaturally large breasts can also impede a woman’s ability to participate in certain physical activities like jogging and weight training. For women committed to getting fit and staying that way, breast implant removal can eliminate discomfort when running and alleviate undue pressure on the spine and back caused by disproportionately large breasts. 

Ongoing Maintenance

Like any other medical device, breast implants are not meant to last forever. Rupture is a constant risk with implants and deflation usually occur about 10 years following placement, requiring that patients either replace surviving implants in order to retain their shape. In order to replace worn implants, patients must undergo surgery – meaning time off from work and several weeks of recovery. While some patients may not mind undergoing routine replacement, others may find the upkeep to become physically taxing and choose to have their implants removed instead of replaced. 

Secondary Illness

While neither implant types have been directly correlated to increased risk of cancer, recent years have also seen the rise of secondary health issues related to breast implants. For patients experiencing breast implant illness, symptoms like headaches, chronic fatigue, fever, and joint pain can be especially debilitating and provide enough reason for women to seek explant. Furthermore, the FDA has identified over 450 cases of Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma – a rare form of cancer that can develop in the scar tissue around the implant. In the face of these very real medical concerns, many patients have chosen to implant removal as a means of protecting their overall health.

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When it comes to the impacts of surgery, having a thorough understanding of all available options and risks can make a tremendous difference in the long-term results. At Dr. Sayed’s offices in Newport Beach and La Jolla San Diego, our experienced plastic surgeon is committed to patient education. Starting with your first consultation, Dr. Sayed focuses on the facts of each procedure, ensuring you know both the pros and cons and can make an informed decision about your treatments. To learn more about breast implant placement, risk, and removal, we encourage you to schedule your consultation today.

The Problems that Can be Solved Using Revision Breast Augmentation

Cosmetic procedures have become increasingly popular over the years due to its increased safety and efficiency for providing exceptional results. It is also because more and more people are becoming concerned about the way they look.

While most people are happy with the results of these cosmetic procedures, there are some cases where the results can be less than satisfactory. Some procedures may even give rise to side effects and complications.

The best way to correct these issues is by undergoing a revision procedure. One of the most common correction procedures is revision breast augmentation. This procedure is conducted to correct issues that arise following a breast implant procedure. There are various complications that can occur after the implants have been inserted. The easiest way to correct them is through revision breast augmentation.

Breast Implant Surgery

This is a cosmetic procedure which involves inserting silicone gel or saline implants into the breasts to improve their shape and size. This procedure is also known as breast augmentation. It is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the world, with thousands of women undergoing it every year.

A breast augmentation can help women achieve a better, more proportionate figure. It also makes them appear more youthful and attractive. The patient can choose what implant they would prefer and its size. During the procedure, the skin of the breast can be tightened and the nipple can be repositioned as well.

Complications From Breast Implants

Following breast augmentation, there have been occasions where women have expressed unhappiness with their results. Either the implant size is too big or too small, or there are some complications that need medical attention. Whatever problems may arise, they can be easily treated through revision breast augmentation surgery.

Here are some common issues that can be resolved through this procedure:

Poor Positioning of the Implants: Although this complication is not dangerous, it can leave you feeling dissatisfied and self-conscious. When implants are poorly placed, they can affect the proportion of your breasts. Your chest will begin to look unnatural and your breasts may start to sag or droop.

Implant Rupture: This is quite hazardous as it can cause soreness, pain, swelling, as well as changes in feel, size, appearance, and shape of your breasts. It can be dangerous to have silicone gel floating around inside your body. There are various reasons that can cause implants to rupture, such as poor quality, trauma, etc.

Double-Bubble Deformities: A “double bubble” is formed when the natural tissue in your breasts begin to sag while the implants remain in their original position. Significant weight loss, pregnancy, or gravity are often responsible for this complication.

Capsular Contracture: After you undergo breast augmentation, a layer of fibrous tissue forms around the implants. This is known as a capsule and it is large enough to allow the implants to move. Over time, this capsule may become thicker and constrict the implant’s movement. It also causes abnormal rounding, raising of the breasts, and hardening.

Change in Implant Size: This is the most common reason for revision breast augmentation. Some women may change their mind and want smaller or larger implants. A revision procedure can help them achieve this.

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For more details on revision breast augmentation, schedule a consultation with Dr. Tim Sayed. As a double-board certified plastic surgeon, he will help deliver the results you desire so that you can achieve your aesthetic goals.