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5 Common Reasons Women Choose to Have Their Breast Implants Removed

By: Dr. Christopher Khorsandi


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Breast augmentation is still the most popular cosmetic surgery in the United States but there is a growing number of women deciding to remove the implants they once loved. After years of steady growth, the breast implant trend is changing. Many of today’s women are becoming more fitness-minded or are deciding they liked they way they looked without enhancements. As a result, some women are opting to take a different approach with their breasts and embrace a more natural look again.

Breast implant removal has been making a steady incline, and board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Khorsandi is one of the leading experts in Las Vegas that can help. Chief surgeon at VIP Plastic Surgery, Dr. Khorsandi has extensive experience with breast augmentation procedures including breast implant removal. Here are the 5 common reasons women decide to remove their breast implants and how Dr. Khorsandi can help.

The culture is changing for women and their bodies

One of the reasons more women in the Las Vegas area are choosing to remove their breast implants is a culture change of women becoming more fit. Some fitness-minded women are choosing a more natural look and breast implants don’t fit into that equation. Intense fitness programs like CrossFit or Warrior runs require a more rigorous approach to exercising so breast implants can actually get in the way of achieving those fitness goals. So, with the culture focus fueling a new trend for women and fitness, more patients are choosing to remove their implants and turning to a breast augmentation specialist like Dr. Khorsandi for help.

Breast implants are not lifetime devices

Some women may have a change of heart when they realize there is an element of upkeep with breast implants. The longer a woman has her implants the more likely she will need to replace her implants to reduce the risk of implant rupture or leakage though such occurrences are rare. In some cases, women just have a change of heart with the implants they got 10-20 years ago. Women may decide they want to go smaller and, in some circumstances, remove their implants all together to avoid any further maintenance or financial commitment.

Removal to go smaller

With the cultural shift on how women feel about their bodies today, plastic surgeons are seeing a change among women who have larger implants. Large implants can cause shoulder, back, and neck problems which are challenges women with naturally large breasts also endure. Also, as women enter menopause, weight gain is a common factor especially within the breasts due to changes in hormones. Women who once thought they wanted large breast implants find as they get older and enter into the menopausal phase, that larger implants become less comfortable and more cumbersome. Opting to remove them or go smaller can be the best solution for some women in order to have a better quality of life.

Severe capsular contracture can mean removal is necessary

Some Las Vegas women endure severe capsular contracture which is a complication that can happen with breast augmentation. When scar tissue around the implant becomes too thick or restrictive it can cause extreme pain and discomfort. Breasts become hard to the touch and in some severe cases implant removal is the only solution. Consulting with a breast augmentation specialist like Dr. Khorsandi can help determine if a patient has any other options or if removal is necessary. A detailed treatment plan and removal procedure will be discussed so a patient can love the way their natural breasts look even if without implants.

A condition getting social media buzz

Breast implant illness, or BII, is getting more social media attention. Breast augmentation patients are speaking out about experiencing illness type symptoms after getting breast implants. Even though it is not officially a medical term, patients are deducting that maybe their body is rejecting their implants and making them feel sick. Chronic pain, fever, headaches, and other health concerns are leading women to consult a board-certified plastic surgeon about possibly removing their implants so they can feel better.

If you are considering breast implant removal surgery because you have had a change of mind, are experiencing complications, or just want to downsize, then finding a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Khorsandi is a key element to getting the best results. Breast implants can change the overall tissue structure of a patient’s natural breast so Dr. Khorsandi can determine if you need any other additional surgical help like a breast lift or fat injections. The main goal is to give your natural breasts an attractive new look even without implants.

Breast implant removal is still a rare occurrence but in some situations it can be necessary for women to feel more comfortable or healthier. The removal of larger implants in order to downsize to smaller ones can be the answer for some women. Finding the right board-certified plastic surgeon, like Dr. Christopher Khorsandi, is an important step in the process of implant removal. His patient-first approach and extensive experience enables him to listen to your needs and determine the best surgical options so you can enjoy your new look. If you are considering breast implant removal, then call or schedule a consultation with Dr. Khorsandi at VIP Plastic Surgery in Las Vegas today.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.