According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, roughly 34,000 breast implant removal procedures were performed in 2019.
Breast augmentation is one of the more personal life choices a person makes. Most of the time, it’s purely cosmetic—fulfilling dreams of always having larger, perfectly round-perky breasts. When that dream turns into a nightmare and starts to affect your health, appearance, or everyday happiness, sometimes the only option is to have your breast implants removed. Whatever the reason, the bottom line is you’re unhappy, and you’ve made up your mind to remove your implants.
Here we will answer the most common questions about what’s available to reconstruct and rejuvenate your breasts following breast removal, also known as explant surgery. Every option isn’t right for everybody or every type of body. It will vary depending on your needs, skin vitality, and how your breasts appear after removing or explanting the breast implants.
Going implants free due to a medical reason, weight change, personal preference, or if it’s time for a revision because of the implant age, a replacement is an excellent choice to consider. Another win for this procedure, it’s customized to your needs. If you want the same implant shape and size, or something smaller or larger, it’s up to you.
Natural Looking Breast Options After Breast Explant
Explant surgery is an outpatient procedure performed under general, twilight, or local anesthesia. Dr. Barrett will evaluate the most suitable options for you during a thorough consultation, which will include an examination and discussion about surgical technique. All of which is in advance of your procedure.
Fat Transfer or Fat Transfer with a Breast Lift
Having second thoughts about removing your breast implants is normal. So is not replacing them with a new pair. An alternative is the natural fat transfer; you might also know of it as a fat injection or fat grafting, and it just may be your new best friend. The procedure uses unwanted excess fat cells present in other areas of your body like the belly, buttocks, or waist. The removal of fat is by liposuction, purified, then injected into your breasts. The results look natural. This procedure is right for a person with healthy skin elasticity, non-sagging breasts, and not seeking large breasts. Having enough fat to harvest is essential.
A breast lift (mastopexy) with fat transfer is another great option to revitalize your breasts’ appearance and fullness. This procedure lifts the nipples and tissue of the breasts by removing excess skin. Your fat is placed in any area that appears deflated, giving you a more harmonious and pleasing shape.
Breast Lift and Implant Replacement
Breast lift with implants (augmentation mastopexy) is the most common option chosen. It’s an excellent alternative if you’re happy with your breast’s size and need a little lift to make your breasts appear more youthful. Our bodies change for many reasons, including age, pregnancy, and weight fluctuations, which can cause sagging, or it just might be time for maintenance of your original procedure. Whatever the cause, a breast lift with implant replacement can be the change you need.
Tissue Flap Breast Reconstruction
Another way to achieve natural-looking breasts is the tissue flap breast reconstruction (autologous tissue reconstruction) procedure. It involves using your skin and tissue from other parts of your body, such as the abdomen, buttocks, or thighs, to recreate the breast. It helps correct the asymmetry you might notice after removing breast implants, plus scarring is minimal, resulting in an outstanding corrective result.
Breast Explant Procedure Cost
Barrett Plastic Surgery offers many options for financing your procedure(s). Fees can vary based on the aspects of your surgery, including geographic location, the board-certified surgeon you choose to perform your operation and their technical skills, surgical facility, medications, anesthesia, aftercare home kits, and more. When you are ready, Patient Coordinators Rosalyn and Rachel are here to help you have the best possible experience and overall results.
Barrett Plastic Surgery is a prestigious plastic and reconstructive surgery practice located in Beverly Hills, focusing on natural techniques with a holistic approach to deliver the best precision and results. Dr. Barrett takes pride in providing knowledge and guidance to ensure his patients feel comfortable and informed every step of the way.
To schedule a consultation, call (310) 598-2648. If you are more comfortable speaking with our team from the comfort of your home, we provide virtual surgical consultations.
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