Looking at the pros and cons of breast implant removal is a good way to help you determine if it is the right option for you. If you have had the idea of having breast implants removed, you are not alone. In the year 2017, around 45,000 women had breast implant removal surgery.
Pros of Breast Implant Removal
Having breast implants removed can make mammograms easier. If a saline or silicone implant has been positioned above the pectoral muscle, imaging devices will not be able to get a clear view of the breasts. Removing the implants means that mammogram results are likely to be more clear, which is a big plus if your family has a history of breast cancer.
You may fear that the implants will rupture. This could be a result of implants that have weakened, physical pressure, or defective implants. If the implants are removed, you won’t need to worry about ruptures or the cost of fixing them, which will require an MRI and has an average cost of $2,000.
Many who have breast implants experience pain, not immediately after surgery but a few years down the road. You may have neck, back, or shoulder pain because of the weight of the implants. Removing the implants can eliminate this pain.
Going through the recovery process after having implant removal surgery usually takes about two weeks. Your doctor will give you information about driving, lifting heavy objects, and other things you won’t be allowed to do during the recovery process.
You can feel more confident after having implants removed if your implants no longer are in line with your ideal. You may also find that shopping for bras and other clothing will be easier.
Cons of Having Breast Implants Removed
Breast implants are responsible for giving your chest a full look. After having the implants removed, you may deal with some sagging. Your breasts may look as they did before you had the implant surgery, or the sagging may be even worse.
In addition to the sagging, you may have loose skin as well. This depends on the elasticity of your skin and the size you chose for your implants.
If you experience a rupture in one of the implants, your surgeon may need to remove some of the breast tissue. The more leakage you experience, the more tissue that will need to be removed. This can give your breasts the appearance of having had a full or partial mastectomy.
Having breast implants removed is a major surgery, which means there is the risk of getting an infection or having post-operative problems. Of course, your surgeon will use antibiotics and drain tubes to help you throughout the recovery, so be sure to follow their instructions.
Other cons of having breast implants removed include more scarring, the loss of feeling in the nipples, and anesthesia complications. You may also experience a loss of self-confidence. Be sure to address all concerns with your surgeon.
Get Help Making Your Decision
Breast implant removal can be a beneficial procedure for those who experience problems due to their breast implants, but it can also cause some problems. If you would like help determining if breast implant removal is right for you, our team at Patrick L. Basile, M.D. Plastic Surgery & Wellness is happy to help. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.