Breast Implant Removal By Lesli Devlin,RN, BSN, RNC,IBCLC on July 07, 2015

There are many reasons why a woman may choose to remove their breast implants. Even if your breast implant surgery was perfectly planned and beautifully executed, changes can and do occur over time. The biggest fear is typically how the breasts will look after the implants are removed. How much smaller will they be? How much droopiness will I have? Will I need a Breast Lift?  Will they look normal? These are some of the most frequently asked questions of our patients requesting breast implant removal.

Dr. Michael Devlin, a cosmetic surgeon in Little Rock, Arkansas, understands that breast implant removal is a very personal decision.  Dr. Devlin takes the time to listen to you; your concerns and goals and together you will both with come up with a treatment plan. Size of the breast and implants, quality of the skin and position of the breasts all can affect the look of your breast after the implants are removed.

Here are a few examples why women consider breast implant removal:


Weight Gain

Weight gain during pre-menopause or menopause is the most common reason women in their late 40’s and 50’s desire to remove the implants. During the pre-menopausal period women can often gain significant amounts of weight.  As women gain weight the breasts often become quite large or disproportionately large for their body. At this time they want the implants removed in order to feel thinner and take weight off their back and lower neck regions.

Breasts that Sag

The breasts can begin to sag over time due to the heaviness of an implant. Removing the implant along with a Breast Lift is usually recommended. Women with very large implants have increased sagginess, especially those who do not wear enough support day and night.  Dr. Devlin will recommend sleeping in a light support bra to help reduce sagginess and skin laxity of the breasts. Unfortunately, all breasts, and all breast implants, will have a tendency to sag as you get older, while some women may elect to have the implants removed without breast lift surgery, most of these women may benefit tremendously from a breast lift even if they are having their implants removed.

Implant Rupture/Deflation/Recurrent Capsular Contracture

In rare instances of an implant rupture or deflation, some patients choose to forgo an implant exchange and leave the implants out for good. In the past, this decision was usually based on the costs involved in replacing breast implants. Now with the new breast implant warranties that cover some of these issues, this is not as common. Also, patients who have recurrent capsular contractures will at times decide to remove their breast implants to remedy the problem.

When most women think of breast enhancement, they think of breast augmentation. However a growing number of women are choosing to have their breast implants removed. Many women find that after having implants for ten years or longer, they simply want to return to a smaller sized bust.  Dr Michael Devlin and his staff at Devlin Cosmetic Surgery are supportive of their patients. Whatever your reasons are, we are happy to discuss your options and safely remove your implants.

Contact Devlin Cosmetic Surgery at 501-227-8811 for your consultation.

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Dr. Devlin is a cosmetic surgeon who provides each of his patients with personalized care and a compassionate approach. He offers a range of procedures in an environment where patients feel safe, comfortable, and heard. He is affiliated with organizations such as the:

  • American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (Fellow)
  • American Society of Cosmetic Breast Surgery
  • American Medical Association
  • Arkansas Medical Society
  • Pulaski County Medical Society

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