Common Breast Implant Removal Questions and Concerns
- Is breast implant removal safe?
Yes, breast implant removal is typically a safe procedure with excellent patient outcomes. All surgery carries risks, but when the procedure is performed by a premier board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Weniger, it greatly minimizes the chance of surgical complications. Before the surgery, Dr. Weniger explains all potential risks and complications during the consultation. Patient safety and comfort is always the first priority at Weniger Plastic Surgery.
- How long does it take to recover from breast implant removal?
Breast implant removal recovery varies depending on the individual. Implant removal alone may have a shorter recovery than implant removal with a breast lift and/or implant replacement. In general, most patients return to a regular routine within a few weeks. Dr. Weniger explains the recovery instructions, which are typically the same rules as with a breast augmentation. This includes wearing a support garment, limited exercise, taking prescribed medication, and returning for a follow-up appointment.
Although the change in size is usually obvious after breast implant removal, some amount of swelling is normal after this surgery, and that can distort the size and appearance of breasts temporarily. Breasts may not arrive at their final shape for up to a few months.
- Do breasts sag after implant removal?
This really depends on the situation. It’s important to understand that implants give the breast tissue considerable fullness, so removing the implants can leave skin sagging. This is especially true if your breasts were already sagging before the implant removal. Removing the implants doesn’t reposition the breasts, so a breast lift may be needed after the implant removal to ensure a sag-free, natural looking result. Replacing the implants with new ones (smaller ones, if desired) can also prevent sagging.