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What Are the Real Risks of Reversing a Breast Augmentation?

An increasing number of women are currently removing the implants they once desired. After experiencing health issues, women are reversing their decision to get implants, although health experts are divided on whether implants can make a person sick.

Although silicone and saline breast implants are usually considered safe for breast reconstruction, research on such augmentations’ safety is ongoing. However, ruptured silicone breast implants can result in health complications linked to silicone toxicity and breast shape variations.

Any questions you have about your specific cosmetic surgery issues should always be addressed with a reputable cosmetic surgery center. As with most types of advanced surgical procedures, breast implant revision may involve some possible risks.

These may include:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Poor wound healing
  • Fluid accumulation
  • Asymmetry
  • Breast sagging
  • Loose skin
  • Loss of sensation near the nipples
  • Emotional or psychological issues.

Your breast augmentation cosmetic surgeon will go over the benefits, concerns, and risks of this surgery during your consultation. Reversing a breast augmentation can have numerous positive effects for the patient. It may improve the patient’s overall peace of mind and concerns, enhance their self-confidence, and feel more like themselves again.

Women decide to go through this procedure for various reasons; initially, they may have wanted breast augmentation and become dissatisfied with their appearance. Sometimes the size, shape, or placement of the implant does not give them the appearance they had hoped for. Reversing the breast augmentation may provide them with emotional relief, physical satisfaction, more aesthetically pleasing results, and more natural-looking breasts.

Capsular contraction is another reason that many women have their breast augmentation reversed. Usually, within five years or so, scar tissue may form around the implant and tighten. This may make the breast look and feel stiff. In severe cases, pain and discomfort can also be involved.

Ruptured implants also are a reason for breast augmentation reversal. This rupture is usually due to the implant’s age or trauma to the implant’s outer shell. The fluid filling the implant will seep into the breast pocket, which may cause issues. Saline implants usually have less risk of side effects if they rupture, as the fluid is generally absorbed into the tissue. Silicone implants, however, usually leak rather than rupture. This may, or may not be, noticed immediately by the patient, and an MRI may be needed to show the problem.

If you notice any change in shape, hardening, pain, or discomfort, you should see your plastic surgeon as soon as possible. They will accurately diagnose, explain, and decide whether breast augmentation reduction is right for you. You need an experienced surgeon who can provide patients with the best results after cosmetic procedures.

What Can I Expect if I Have Surgery to Reverse a Breast Augmentation?

Breast implant removal may not always involve replacing the current implants. Many women opt for breast implant removal with replacement. If the implants are not replaced, this surgery is often paired with a breast lift because the breasts will likely sag and droop after implant removal.

In most cases, breast implant removal surgery takes under an hour to perform, typically using general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. Your surgeon will remove the scar tissue (or capsule) that surrounds the implant. Then they will remove the implant.

If you have saline breast implants, your surgeon might deflate them before removal. Breast implants are usually removed through the same incisions used for your initial breast augmentation surgery.

In some cases, a capsulectomy (removal of the capsule) will be done. Usually, this is done if:

  • The implant is not being replaced
  • A new implant is to be placed in a new position
  • The new implant is larger
  • The new implant is a different type or texture

If you are not replacing the breast implant, the space left by its removal will fill in and seal over time. Your cosmetic surgeon will discuss whether you should wear breast support or compression garment after surgery. Wearing such a garment may reduce the chances that the pocket will fill with fluid.

Your surgeon should always know the specific reasons for any procedures you are considering and what you ultimately expect to achieve. Your reasons may be strictly medical or have a physiological and psychological factor involved. Only with thorough discussion and examination can your cosmetic surgeon plan your procedure, and evaluate and explain the risks and benefits. Remember, a cosmetic surgeon is used to helping patients regain their self-confidence and self-esteem. It is essential to be honest with your doctor.

What Will My Recovery Be Like After Reversing a Breast Augmentation?

Recovery will vary based on both the reasons for your breast implant removal and whether you opted for new implants. Follow your cosmetic surgeon’s instructions to avoid any complications after your surgery.

Your surgeon will provide you with necessary information regarding what you can and can’t do after surgery, provide a schedule of follow-up visits, and give you instructions on how to care for incisions. If more extensive follow-up or measures are needed, your doctor will provide you with all the necessary information to make your recovery as easy as possible.

Your cosmetic surgeon should provide a safe environment for your surgery and always be willing to help and be actively involved in your care and recovery.

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