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5 Reconstruction Options After Removing Breast Implants

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

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.

Breast Reduction

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.

Breast Implant Removal: San Diego Women’s Top 5 Reasons

Last year, nearly 24,000 women—most between the ages of 30 and 54—decided to remove their breast implants. In San Diego, as in the rest of the US, tastes and lifestyles are changing. Women are fitter than ever, and large breast implants can interfere with some types of exercise or may begin to look unproportional after weight loss.

Each woman chooses to undergo explant surgery for her own unique reasons. Whether you are inspired by celebrities like Victoria Beckham and Sharon Osbourne (both who have been open about their implant removal) or are among the small number of patients who experience breast implant complications—Dr. Sayed can help.

Read on to learn more about the top 5 reasons women are choosing to change their breast contour. If you have any further questions, please give us a call at 1-858-247-2933 today.

1. “My Implants No Longer Fit My Lifestyle”

Many of our patients who choose to remove their breast implants do so to better fit their lifestyles. Over the years, your body, routine, and activities change.

At the gym or on the track, large implants can cause discomfort during cardiovascular workouts or upper body toning. Often, women who have had their implants for several years may be due for a replacement surgery anyway and choose to remove them.

In some cases, older women feel their implants have “done their job” and no longer wish to have them as they enter a different phase of life. Whatever the case may be, we are here to help you feel at home and in love with your body.

2. Ease Neck and Back Pain

Large fake breasts may also cause shoulder, neck, and back troubles (just as in women with naturally large breasts who can face persistent pain). The larger your implants, the more your center of gravity is affected. In some cases, this can lead to an undue force exerted on your spine. After menopause, these symptoms can become even more pronounced as your weight fluctuates due to hormonal changes.

3. Avoid Future Corrections, Deflation or Rupture

Implants are not designed to last a lifetime. The longer you have them, the likelihood of needing additional surgeries to replace or remove implants increases. Some San Diego women choose to remove their implants rather than take on additional surgeries (and their associated costs and recovery times) down the line.

A small number of patients (10 to 20 percent) may experience rupture or deflation and choose to remove their implants. Though rare, another concern some women face is capsular contracture

Though industry changes and modern techniques have considerably lowered the risk, some patients will still develop this condition, even as long as several years after the surgery. Capsular contracture is characterized by stiffening of scar tissue, which can lead to pain or in extreme cases, hard, misshapen breasts.

Implant removal is a solution to any of these complications and a guaranteed means of avoiding them in the future.

4. Ensure Mammogram Accuracy

Some patients choose explant surgery due to the small but very real chance of implants complicating the accuracy of future mammograms. Especially for women with implants placed on top of the chest muscle, technicians can face slightly more difficulty in ensuring a simple mammography process. Some patients may need additional films.

For some of our patients, this slight chance of experiencing mammogram complications is a health risk they don’t want to take. This can be especially true for patients with a family history of breast cancer.

5. “It’s Time to Do Something For Me”

Finally, women may just decide they want a change of breast shape or size. Over time, as our bodies change, so do our opinions and preferences.  Patients may want to “do something for themselves,” and may feel encouraged by the wave of body positivity we’ve seen as a country over the last few years. Some say returning to their natural breast size increases their confidence and comfort in their skin.

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What’s most important is to do what makes you content and comfortable. If you think implant removal may be right for you or want to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sayed, please call our San Diego, CA, office at 1-858-247-2933, or contact us here.