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Summary: What happens after a breast explant procedure? That all depends on what your motivations might be going into your breast implant removal surgery. Some patients want to see their breasts return to their natural shape and size. Other patients might be interested in something like a breast lift or breast reduction, especially if they have specific ideas about how they want their breasts to appear after surgery.

What Happens After a Breast Explant Procedure?

Breast explant surgery has quickly become one of the fastest growing plastic surgery procedures in the United States. That can be a little befuddling–only because you must undergo a breast augmentation before a breast explant surgery. But, the popularity of the two don’t really compete. Breast augmentation is significantly more popular than breast explant (or, essentially, any other plastic surgery procedure).

But that still gives breast explant surgery a long way to grow. And that popularity has given rise to one particular question: what happens after a breast explant?

What Happens During a Breast Explant

In order to fully understand what happens after a breast explant, it’s useful to spend some time talking about what actually happens during that breast explant procedure. During most breast explant operations, the patient’s breast implants will be removed. Often, the same incision site and style is used as during the original breast augmentation procedure.

A breast explant may be performed for a wide variety of reasons:

  • The patient may wish to make an aesthetic change
  • The breast implants may not be producing the desired effect
  • There may be health complications that require the removal of the implants
  • There may be a deficiency with the implant that requires removal.

The reasons for the removal of a breast implant are often personal. In some cases, patients will elect to replace one pair of implants with another (a procedure usually referred to as “breast implant revision”). But in the case of an explant procedure, the breast implants are permanently removed.

Do the Breast Return to Their Original Size

For most patients, their breasts will return to their original size after a breast explant surgery. But there are some caveats to that. First and foremost, that assumes your breasts have not grown in size or accumulated any excess skin naturally. If either of those two cases have occurred, you may also have to undergo a breast lift or breast reduction in order to return your breasts to their natural size.

Additionally, just because your breasts return to their natural size does not necessarily mean that they will return to their natural shape. As you age, gravity can exert a certain amount of force on breast tissue, pulling it down and stretching out the skin.

This change of orientation is sometimes exacerbated by breast implants. In those cases, a breast lift may be required in order to return the breasts back to a more youthful looking orientation and shape. You should be able to discuss all of these options with your plastic surgeon and determine the best course of action for achieving your desired results.

Does Everything Return to Normal?

Just as everyone has a slightly different experience with breast implants, everyone will also have a slightly different experience once those implants are gone. Your best bet is going to involve talking over all of your options with your plastic surgeon. Make sure you’ve discussed the after-effects of your breast explant procedure.

Some patients feel immediately better once their implants are removed, especially if they’ve been experiencing negative side effects of any kind. Other patients may not notice much of a change immediately. Much will depend on your expectations and your procedure (as well as your situation coming into that procedure).

That said, most patients who do undergo a breast explant procedure report a very high satisfaction with the outcome. It’s easy to see why breast explant is so exceptionally popular. And none of us expect that to change anytime soon.

About the Author: Dan Voltz has been writing about plastic and cosmetic surgery for roughly five years. He’s constantly in touch with cosmetic and plastic surgeons to ensure he gets the latest and most up to date information possible.

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