Breast augmentation is one of the most popular plastic surgical procedures every year, helping numerous women achieve the fuller bust they desire. Despite it being one of the top procedures, some women eventually choose to have their breast implants removed. Common reasons for this type of breast revision surgery are typically related to cosmetic concerns, wanting to address a complication, or hoping to prevent certain health conditions. For those considering breast implant removal (also known as explantation), there is the concern of what the breasts will look like after surgery.
In some cases the breasts may return to their pre-implant shape and size. However, for many women the breasts will look different, due to the implants stretching the skin over time. The weight of breast implants can also cause changes in the rib cage. To address lax skin after implant removal, our plastic surgeons may recommend a breast lift (mastopexy) at the same time as the explant. This procedure is tailored to the degree of sagging the patient is experiencing, helping lift and reshape the natural breast tissue for a more youthful appearance.
While breast lift surgery can enhance breast shape and position, some individuals may not need the procedure. The best way to learn what your breasts may look like after implant removal is to schedule a consultation with a qualified surgeon. During this appointment, they can evaluate your breasts and skin quality to determine the most appropriate surgical plan for helping you achieve your desired outcome.