Breast augmentation continues to be one of the leading cosmetic procedures, as it has been for many years. As we have learned more about this procedure and information has become more readily available, most patients understand that breast implants don’t last forever. Still, what do you do if you reach a point at which the appearance of your augmented breasts just doesn’t please you anymore? You may have a few options.
There are several reasons why a woman may become dissatisfied with her augmented breasts over time. One of the first questions to consider is whether or not there is a desire to maintain fullness and shape that has come from breast implants. If so, replacement is an excellent option.
- Replacement may be necessary if original breast implants become defective. Some patients undergo their initial surgery out of the country or with a cosmetic surgeon offering a “good deal.” Cutting corners does not save on cost in the long run.
- Replacement can be a good option if the look or feel of the breasts is unsatisfying due to placement or material. For example, a woman under the age of 22 may initially receive saline implants and later desire a transition to form-stable silicone implants.
- Many women today are replacing larger implants with smaller or lower-profile ones that look more natural and conservative.
- Further enlargement is also a reason that some women give for wanting to replace implants.
Whatever the reason for replacement, our objective is to help our patients feel their best. Dr. Krummen spends time consulting with each woman to understand her motivation and her desired outcome.
It doesn’t happen quite as often, but there are instances in which women want to have their implants completely removed. Breast implant removal may also be referred to as breast explantation. The primary concern related to this procedure is how breasts will look without implants. In some cases, it may be possible to predict how breast tissue will respond after implants are removed. Patients may choose to undergo breast implant removal only and observe how tissue contracts naturally over time. Alternatively, some women choose to combine their breast explantation with breast lift surgery. This allows them to return to their natural size without suffering the effects of age-related deflation.
Breast augmentation revision may be desired for several reasons. Whatever yours are, your Cincinnati female plastic surgeon has your best interest in mind. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Krummen, contact us at 513.985.0850.