While many people dream about breast implantation, fears about the removal procedure may dissuade many from getting implants at all. Fortunately, many of the myths around breast implant removal surgery are simply not true. At Jim Brantner M.D. Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, we’re here to set the record straight and teach you all you need to know about implant removals. Call today for more information or to schedule a consultation in Johnson City, TN.

1. Reasons for Removal

Myth: Women only have implants removed if there were disastrous complications.

Fact: Not everyone gets their breast implants removed because of complications, such as a ruptured implant. While complications do happen in a very small percentage of individuals, today’s breast implants are overwhelmingly safe, durable, and long-lasting. Many women choose to have their implants removed for personal reasons that do not relate to their health.

For example, some patients decide that, as they get older, their breasts do not suit them the way they used to. Alternatively, some may wish to lay on their stomachs without discomfort, or others might be looking for greater comfort during athletic activities.

Some patients decide to remove their breast implants because of perceived health reasons, such as headaches, photosensitivity, fatigue, and more. These symptoms make up a condition called Breast Implant Illness Syndrome, though it’s unclear whether the implants in question are responsible for the disease.

2. Will My Breasts Sag?

Myth: Sagging breasts indicate something is wrong with your breasts.

Fact: Breast sagging (or breast tissue ptosis) is completely natural, and it happens to all women in varying degrees as they age. Men even experience this, too! Whether your breasts sag after the removal procedure depends on several factors, including your previous breast size, what size implant you chose, whether you’ve had a pregnancy, whether you’ve experienced weight gain or weight loss, and more.

Generally, the smaller the implants (and your initial breasts) were, the less loose skin will be present after removing breast implants. Some patients may “bounce back” to a similar state as their pre-procedure breasts. However, if you fear that ptosis may be an issue, Dr. Brantner can discuss solutions with you. Performing breast reconstruction or breast augmentation surgery during the removal procedure helps tighten the skin and creates a more natural look.

3. What Is the Removal Procedure?

Myth: The implant removal process is more difficult than implantation.

Fact: The breast implant removal procedure is relatively straightforward. First, Dr. Brantner cuts into the scar tissue present from your original procedure then removes the implant. As long as the implant is in one piece, the process is quick and easy. Often, the surgeon will remove some tissue around the implant (and the capsular contracture, if present) to complete the procedure.

You may also elect to receive a breast lift while having your implants replaced or removed to keep ptosis at bay and restore a youthful look to your breasts. Recovery from breast implant removal surgery is generally easier than implantation recovery.

Have you been thinking about plastic surgery or breast implant removal? Do you still want to move forward after learning all you need to know about implant removals? If so, contact our team of plastic surgeons at Jim Brantner M.D. Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. A board-certified plastic surgeon with 34 years of plastic surgery experience, Br. Brantner treats each patient’s unique needs and takes the time to understand your goals for your implants. You can contact our Johnson City, TN, office by calling 423-328-9000 or filling out the contact form on our website.