The benefits of removing your breast implants will vary from person to person. That’s why the decision to undergo this procedure–known as breast explant surgery–is a very personal one. It will depend on your personal feelings about your breast implants and what you hope to achieve by removing them.
What Are the Benefits of Removing Your Breast Implants?
Breast augmentation is a procedure in which breast implants are used to create the appearance of larger breasts in a patient. This procedure is incredibly popular–hundreds of thousands of Americans undergo breast augmentation every year. But there are some benefits to removing your breast implants too.
The removal of breast implants, called a breast explant procedure (or breast explant surgery), has increased in popularity significantly over the last few years. So what are the benefits of removing your implants? And are those benefits sufficient to explain the rise in popularity of breast explant surgery? Or is something at work?
Primary Benefits of Breast Implant Removal
The benefits associated with breast explant surgery will vary depending on your motivations for undergoing the procedure in the first place. As a result, it’s only possible to make very generalized statements about what some of these benefits might be. To get the best list of benefits possible, talk to your surgeon about your situation, your desired final result, and how you’re feeling about your breast implants.
Generally speaking, however, the benefits of breast explant surgery will usually include the following:
- Your breasts will return to their original size (in most cases; in some uncommon cases, a further breast reduction or breast lift procedure may be required)
- If your breast implant had ruptured or was causing other problems within your body, those problems may begin to resolve themselves. If this is the case, you may feel better once the implant is removed.
- You might feel more confident. Many times, breast implants can begin to make one feel self conscious as they age–the implant no longer reflects who they feel they are.
- Implants that are too large for your frame may begin to cause back and neck pain (just as natural breasts that are too large for your frame might). Removing those implants may help your neck, back, and head feel better.
- You won’t have to think about your breast implants anymore.
- Your breasts will return to their natural feel; you will no longer have the “feel” of the implant.
Are These Benefits Worth it?
Breast explant surgery is a procedure that is highly dependent on patient motivation. In most cases, patients are attempting to address a specific problem, usually at least in part caused by their implants.
It should be noted that in the vast majority of cases, breast augmentation patients enjoy their results for decades before deciding to remove or downsize their implants. When a breast augmentation is performed, patients will usually have at least a general idea of what the expected “shelf life” of their implants might be.
Breast explant surgery can be performed if your implant has been in use for ten months or ten years. It all depends on when you want to have the implants removed. The motivations for your breast explant surgery will specifically inform the benefits you expect to get out of the surgery. And that will also tend to dictate whether those benefits were worth it.
Keeping You Happy With Your Body
In many respects, the benefits of removing your breast implants are largely the same as putting them in: the procedure is designed to make you feel better about your body. For most patients, this means bringing their outer body and their self image into alignment. Removing (or inserting) breast implants is a way to do that.
So one benefit not to be overlooked is that you end up feeling better about how you look and how you feel. If you want to know more about breast explant surgery, your plastic surgeon is a good place to start.
About the Author: Dan Voltz has been writing about cosmetic and plastic surgery for nearly five years. He’s always in touch with plastic and cosmetic surgeons to ensure he has the latest and most up to date information possible.