Many women have breast augmentation or breast reduction surgery every year. But there are times when some patients decide they want their breast implants removed. This is called breast implant explant.
In 2021, there is a trend for women to have their breast implants removed. Below is more information about this trend and why it’s happening.
Why Women Remove Implants And Don’t Replace Them
Some women have issues with their implants after a few years and want to have them taken out. Common reasons for this are:
- If the implants are placed improperly or are textured, there can be complications. Some less experienced plastic surgeons may have done the surgery improperly. This highlights the need to have a professional, board-certified surgeon do your procedure.
- Other complications occurred, such as capsular contracture, and they need to be removed and not replaced.
Even if the implants were placed correctly, there can be some complications that require the implants to be removed:
- Capsular contracture
- Implant malposition
- Implant rupture
- Implant rippling
When it comes to textured implants, these products often cause problems, so many women in 2021 may have them removed and not replaced. Textured implants are made to reduce movement between the implant and pocket. However, these implants can cause issues; any implant movement can lead to a deformity in the breast.
Clinical studies also suggest that patients with textured breast implants have a higher risk of some forms of cancer. Data indicates that the cancer risk with these implants could be as much as one in a thousand.
Removing Of The Entire Implants Or Just Part Of It
After you have breast augmentation surgery, scar tissue naturally forms around the breast implant. This reaction is normal, but complications occasionally arise.
If the capsule contracts and squeezes the implant, it probably must be removed, but the patient has three choices:
- Remove only the breast implants.
- Remove the implants and part of the capsule
- Remove the capsule and implants entirely
Your plastic surgeon could remove the entire capsule around the implant or just part of it. He or she may decide to take out the capsule because of the risk of cancer or capsule contracture.
Having Breast Lift Or Reduction After Implant Removal
If a woman wants her implants removed, so they have a smaller breast size, she may want a breast lift, too. Some plastic surgeons recommend that you wait to have your breast lift after taking out the implants.
The reason is it’s harder to do a breast lift immediately after removing the implants. Many surgeons recommend waiting a year between implant removal and a breast lift. It’s understandable to want a breast lift immediately, but most surgeons recommend waiting.
Fat Transfer After Removing Breast Implants
Another trend with breast implant removal in 2021 involves fat transfer. This process removes fat by liposuction from one part of the body and injecting it into your breasts.
The fat can be taken from your stomach, sides, flanks, or back. Fat transfer into the breasts offers more volume and shape to the chest. It also can enhance your contours where the fat was taken out.
Also, fat transfer is your tissue, so there must be enough fat in the donor area for the procedure to be effective on the breasts.
This is a popular procedure because increasing the breast size with fat transfer has few side effects and risks. However, fat transfer will not provide an enhancement like implants, so speak to your plastic surgeon about the best procedure for you.
Breast Implant Removal Due To Pregnancy
If you get pregnant after breast augmentation, you might worry about how your implants could affect breastfeeding. The good news is it’s unlikely that your implants will affect nursing your baby, but you may decide you don’t want implants after you were pregnant.
Keep in mind that your breast tissue will reduce in size once you stop nursing. This can lead to sagging and reduced volume. That’s why many women in 2021 choose a breast lift after their breasts shrink to their standard size.
Older Patients Opting For Breast Implant Removal
Women today are living longer and healthier lives. As they get older, so do their implants. Some plastic surgeons recommend having breast implants removed every 10 years or so. But you may decide that you get old enough that you think implants are no longer the look you want.
As we age, it takes a longer time to recover and heal from surgeries. It makes sense to talk to your plastic surgeon about having the implants removed. After all, you may not want to deal with the potential risks of having breast implants in your older years.
New Methods For Removing Breast Implants
The last trend for breast implant removal in 2021 is the new methods for removing implants. Surgeons used to need to make lengthy incisions to take out breast implants. This technique isn’t needed anymore.
Today, there are more advanced ways to take out breast implants with a suction bottle or vacuum sleeve.
The vacuum sleeve removes the entire implant and capsule in one step. This won’t work on every patient, but it’s the ideal option. The most crucial factor is to take out the whole implant. If the implant has a capsule around it, it will be removed too.
See Also: Breast Implants and Mammograms
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