According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, about 300,000 people in the United States had a breast augmentation in 2019. Breast augmentation is, without a doubt, one of the most consistently popular plastic surgery procedures, and implants are nothing short of a modern technological miracle for many who have had them placed.
For a variety of reasons, however, about 43,000 patients choose to have their breast revision surgery each year. This can be for medical reasons, personal reasons, or because of general aesthetic concerns. In this post, we’re going to let you know about one of the most popular courses of action patients take at our Columbus, OH practice when they want their implants removed. It’s called a breast explant and breast lift.
Know Your Breast Revision Options
When patients are displeased with their implants or need to have them removed, there are typically several pathways for them to take:
- Breast Revision
- A breast implant removal and replacement with newer implants
- A breast implant removal and breast lift
- A breast implant repositioning
- Breast reconstruction (usually for cancer or other medical reasons)
- Implant-based reconstruction
- Flap-based reconstruction
Many times, patients who didn’t like the look, size, or feel of their implants after having them for a while choose to have them completely removed and not replaced. This is a good option, but sometimes implants or factors that occurred before or after the patient’s breast augmentation cause loose, saggy skin to form around the breasts when implants are removed.
Achieve More Youthful Looking, Firmer Breasts with a Breast Explant and Lift
Breast ptosis, or sagging breasts, occurs when structural scaffolding below the skin’s surface—elements such as collagen and elastin—begin to break down. Changes in body size because of weight gain or loss can also cause this effect. Removing implants, especially larger ones, can also sometimes highlight areas where the skin has become loose and stretched out.
One option for those who don’t want to have new implants inserted is the breast lift. A breast lift works for patients who want perkier breasts and restored skin around them but no longer desire implants. A breast lift after a breast explant procedure can also be used to address issues with nipple positioning, breast shape, and more.
Ready to Talk About All Your Breast Surgery Options?
If you are interested in learning more about breast revision surgery options, your next step is to talk to a board-certified plastic surgeon. Breast augmentation revision surgery contains a broad range of options, so it’s helpful to have an artistically minded cosmetic breast surgeon in your corner.
Dr. Zochowski’s passion in plastic surgery comes from the way it blends art and medicine to unlock true self-confidence and open new doors for patients. Call us for a consultation!