What Are My Options if I Don’t Like My Breast Implants?

What are my options if I don’t like my breast implants? That question ends up being a little more common than you might expect. But that’s why it’s good to know what your options are. In many cases, surgeons will discuss possible future options during the initial breast augmentation procedure. For most patients, the choice will come down to a breast implant revision or a breast explant surgery procedure.

What Are My Options if I Don’t Like My Breast Implant Results?

The goal of every plastic surgery procedure is simple: happiness. The intention is that you feel happy with how you look–happier than when you began the process. So it can be a little deflating when the end result is disappointment. That’s not what anyone wants. So what do you do when you aren’t really happy with your breast implants?

Well, luckily, you’ve got options in those cases. Just because you have breast implants doesn’t mean you need to stick with your results.

You should always consult with a plastic surgeon about what your options might be. This article is not intended to be substituted for medical advice of any kind and is intended only for entertainment purposes. What are some of the options that your surgeon is likely to bring to your attention? Well, there are a couple, and which one is best for you will likely depend on your physiology and your desired final outcome. How you want to appear when your procedure is complete is going to play a big role in these decisions.

Breast Implant Revision

The first option you have is simply to remove and replace your breast implants. This is usually referred to as a breast implant revision procedure, and patients might pursue this particular surgery for any number of reasons:

  • They feel as though their current implants are too large or too small.
  • Over time, their idea of how they should look has changed; a patient may want more modest implants later in life, for example.
  • Breast implants have a shelf life as recommended by the FDA; if the implants approach that shelf life, a patient may decide to replace them with newer implants.
  • In rare cases, an implant can rupture. It’s not uncommon, then, to remove the ruptured implant and replace it with a new one.

A patient’s decision to undergo breast implant revision surgery is usually either driven by medical or aesthetic considerations. In either case, the decision tends to be quite personal, and a mixture of motivational factors may be at work.

The procedure itself is usually accomplished in roughly the same way as a breast augmentation. An incision is made (surgeons will often try to make the incision in the same way as the original, so as to keep scarring to a minimum–but this depends on how you’ve healed from the first procedure), and then the undesired implant is removed. Once the old implant is removed, a new implant will be inserted and the incision closed up.

Once patients heal, they’ll be able to enjoy their new implants. Many patients will opt to change implant sizes at this point, as well–so they’ll often feel even more comfortable and confident with their new sizes.

Breast Explant Procedure

The other option is simply to remove the breast implant permanently. This option has been growing in popularity over the last few years, for a wide variety of reasons. During a breast explant procedure, the surgeon will make an incision, remove the implant, and then close the incision. The breasts are then left to heal and return to their previous size.

In many ways, a breast explant procedure is designed to reverse a breast augmentation. The breasts return to their previous, natural size–and they’re often able to do that without any surgical assistance.

Why do patients want to undergo a breast explant procedure? The motivations vary. For some patients, there are health concerns that come up. For other patients, the decision is purely aesthetic. There are many women who feel as though they outgrow their breast implants as they age and, rather than switching to a smaller implant, wish to return to their natural size. As is the case with breast implant revision, these decisions are often deeply personal and vary significantly from patient to patient.

Do I Have Other Options?

Which option works best for you will depend on your desired results. If you want breasts that are larger than your natural size, a breast implant revision procedure may be optimal. But if you want to return to your natural size, a breast explant surgery could be your best bet.

Whichever direction you decide to take, it’s important to discuss all of your options with your plastic surgeon. Not every option will be ideal for every individual. So talk to your surgeon about what you want and the best way to get there.

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