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Will I Need A Breast Lift After Breast Implant Removal?

By: Dr. Christopher Khorsandi


While the vast majority of women who undergo breast augmentation are satisfied with their results and want to maintain their enhanced, feminine figure indefinitely, there are some situations where breast implant removal may be performed, either out of choice or necessity. Women who are facing breast implant removal often have concerns about how well they will mentally and physically adjust to their new body, particularly when they have had implants for many years.

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Khorsandi and the entire team at VIP Plastic Surgery in Las Vegas, NV understand the sensitive and significant nature of explant surgery and are committed to helping patients achieve their medical and cosmetic goals through a combination of breast implant removal, breast revision, breast lift, breast implant replacement, and other cutting-edge tools and techniques. Find out more about how breast implant removal in Las Vegas, NV may be the life-changing solution you are searching for, and learn what complementary procedures can enhance your result after explant.

Why do you need breast implant removal?

There are a variety of reasons that lead women to pursue breast implant replacement or breast implant removal. In some cases, a woman may simply have a change in personal preference and desire a smaller implant or a more natural look. Breast implant malfunction, while relatively rare, is another potential reason for removing or replacing implants. Some of the most common situations that prompt women to want or need breast implant revision include:

  • Unhappy with overall results
  • Unsatisfied with implant size
  • Breast asymmetry
  • Surgical error
  • Capsular contracture
  • Implant rupture
  • Deflated implant
  • Breast implant-associated illness
  • Pain or discomfort due to weight of implants
  • Change in personal preference
  • Age-related changes
  • Change in breast appearance after pregnancy or breastfeeding

If you are struggling with any of the signs or symptoms above, it may be time to schedule an appointment to discuss replacing or removing your breast implants. During your initial consultation, Dr. Khorsandi will thoroughly evaluate your areas of concern, discuss your ultimate goals, and recommend a course of action that can help you achieve your desired outcome. Although many patients choose to have their implants replaced following breast implant malfunction or other complication, there are some women who prefer to have their implants removed altogether.

Will I need a breast lift after implant removal?

Oftentimes, removing breast implants leaves patients with drooping breasts, downward-pointing nipples, and loose skin. These unwanted side effects are due to the skin having been considerably stretched out by the implants over a long period of time. Without a new implant to fill out the breast pocket, patients are left looking – and feeling – somewhat deflated. In a large number of cases, Dr. Khorsandi is able to correct all of these concerns and give patients a more youthful, perky, attractive contour with breast lift after implant removal.

How long is the recovery after breast implant removal with lift?

While the postoperative timeline after breast implant removal and lift can vary somewhat from person to person, most patients experience bruising, swelling, and discomfort for the first several days after the procedure. These symptoms are, typically, fairly well tolerated and can be relieved with medications prescribed by your doctor. The majority of patients are able to return to desk work and other limited activities after about 1 – 2 weeks. More strenuous physical activities, including exercise, should be paused for at least 4 – 6 weeks, or until cleared by your surgeon. Patients should notice an immediate difference in their appearance after breast implant removal, though the full results of the lift can take 2 – 3 months to develop, as the swelling resolves and the tissues continue to heal and settle.

Will I have scars after breast implant removal?

Dr. Khorsandi shares in his patients’ desires to minimize visible scarring as much as possible and makes every effort to perform breast implant removal using incisions near the original breast augmentation scars. Because these scars are typically in the breast crease, they can be well concealed underneath clothing and within the natural contours of the body.

When breast lift after implant removal is required to restore a perkier breast position, patients should have realistic expectations for their results and understand that there will be visible scarring, including a vertical scar down the lower center portion of the breast. Most patients agree, however, that the dramatic improvement in their figure after breast lift surgery is well worth the scars. Additionally, breast lift scars typically fade well over time, and Dr. Khorsandi can recommend topical agents and other treatments to help improve the appearance of your scars.

Am I a good candidate for Las Vegas breast implant removal?

If you are experiencing discomfort, complication, or another symptom associated with your breast implants, or if you simply desire a change for cosmetic or lifestyle reasons, breast implant removal may be right for you. Most women who are in good health, do not smoke, and have realistic expectations for breast implant replacement or removal can be considered for the procedure. To learn more about how implant replacement or explant surgery can help you restore or achieve the figure you’ve been wanting – and to find out whether or not you may benefit by a breast lift after implant removal – schedule a consultation at VIP Plastic Surgery in Las Vegas, NV with Chief of Plastic Surgery, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Khorsandi, or opt for an online consultation that can be completed in your own home. Let our team help you restore your youthful figure, boost your confidence, and finally feel more comfortable in your own skin; call us today!

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