The body image discussion surrounding breast augmentation and implant removal surgery is ever-changing. Recently, there has been an influx of women opting for the removal of their breast implants and opting for breast lifts versus re-implantation.
There are many reasons why a woman might make this choice and it is truly a personal preference with no right or wrong answer. Let’s dive in!
Aesthetic Reasons for Breast Implant Removal
Many women who have had breast implants for several years may find that their breasts no longer look the way they want them to. The shape and size of the breasts can change over time, and this can be due to a variety of factors such as weight gain or loss, pregnancy, and aging. Additionally, some women simply feel that their breast implants no longer match their personal sense of style.
Whatever the reason, more and more women are choosing to have their breast implants removed. For many, this means choosing to also have a breast lift. This combination surgery can help to restore a more youthful appearance to the breasts and is often recommended by plastic surgeons.
If you are considering having your breast implants removed, be sure to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon from our team at Cape and Islands Plastic Surgery. We will be able to discuss your options with you and help you make the best decision for your individual needs.
Breast Lift versus Breast Implants
A breast lift, also known as a mastopexy, is a surgical procedure that is designed to raise and reshape sagging breasts. Women who have experienced weight loss, pregnancy, aging, or implant removal may be good candidates for a breast lift. During the procedure, any excess skin is removed and the breast tissue is lifted to create a youthful breast shape. For women who wish to see a reduction in the size of the skin surrounding the nipple (also known as the areola), choosing a breast lift may be a great option for them as well.
It’s important to note that breast implants will not last a lifetime and the recommendation is that they be removed and replaced after 15 years.
If you’re looking for a natural augmentation, breast lifts are done to raise and shape the breasts in a way that makes them look more youthful and attractive. Since a breast lift procedure lifts your actual breasts rather than inserting foreign objects into your body, your results will look completely natural.
Longer lasting results:
Breast implants may last anywhere from 10-20 years before needing to be replaced while a breast lift can last over 20 years. This is because once your skin has been stretched out by an implant it may not return to its original position.
Aesthetically, without implants, women can look just as beautiful with a breast lift procedure that provides greater longevity and less risk than implants. Implants play an important role in the aesthetics of the breast. The doctors here at Cape and Islands Plastic Surgery are here to discuss your options and help you make the best informed decision.
If you’re ready to explore a breast implant removal, breast implant exchange or breast lift procedure, then give us a call at Cape and Islands Plastic Surgery to discuss your options today.