If your breast augmentation is no longer producing results you find desirable, breast implant removal may be something to consider. With this procedure, Dr. Stephen Miller simply removes the breast implants that were placed during your previous breast enlargement procedure, restoring your breasts to their natural shape and size.
To schedule a breast implant removal consultation at our Las Vegas office, please call 702-369-1001 today. Dr. Miller is a board-certified plastic surgeon serving Henderson, Summerlin, and all surrounding areas of Nevada.
Reasons to have Breast Implant Removal
There may be several reasons a woman chooses to have her breast implants removed. Some of the most common include:
- Implant Rupture. Both saline and silicone breast implants can rupture. Saline implants will deflate quickly, but silicone implants may leak slowly, gradually producing an asymmetrical appearance. Gummy bear (form stable) breast implants do not leak when ruptured.
- Capsular Contracture. When a breast implant is placed, the body forms a soft but protective capsule around it. In some women, this capsule contracts, causing a tightening and hardening of tissue that can result in pain, impact symmetry, and cause unnaturally high breast positioning.
- Discomfort. Neck, back, and shoulder pain can be caused by breast implants that are too large or heavy. This can also lead to postural problems, interfere with physical ability, and result in chronic discomfort.
- Aesthetics. When breast size and shape no longer meet your needs or desires, removing breast implants can restore a natural aesthetic to your chest. Implants can also be adjusted or replaced to alter aesthetics.
The truth is, your reasons for wanting to have breast implants removed are yours alone and, just like breast enlargement, should be a decision based on your emotional wants and physical needs.
The Best Candidates for Breast Implant Removal
The best candidates for breast implant removal are nonsmokers who are in generally good health and have maintained a stable weight for at least six months. During your consultation, Dr. Miller will assess your candidacy for breast implant removal, discuss procedural steps and recovery, and help you decide if it is a good fit for your needs.
Unlike recovery from breast augmentation, implant removal requires only about two weeks for recovery. Postoperative discomfort is rare and normal activities can be resumed quickly following this procedure, though more strenuous and demanding exercises may need to be put off for four to six weeks. Dr. Miller will cover this in greater detail during your time in our care.
Breast Lift Following Implant Removal
One of the downsides of removing breast implants is the potential for loose skin and sagging breast tissue. Without the implants to provide volume and upper pole perkiness, your breasts may appear flatter, droopier, and less defined.
Some women have found that breast lift surgery following implant removal allows for ideal contours to be retained and assists in keeping the breasts symmetrical and firm. Combining breast surgeries is neither necessary nor appropriate in every situation, but remains an option for women who may face unintended aesthetic consequences following breast implant removal. This is something that can be discussed, as needed, during your initial consultation.
Contact Dr. Stephen Miller
Dr. Stephen Miller is a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 20 years of experience in plastic and reconstructive surgery. Caring, qualified, and effective, Dr. Miller truly listens to our patients, enabling him to honestly and effectively understand the needs and desires of every patient he sees. If you are considering breast implant removal or any other face, body, or breast plastic surgery procedure, please call 702-369-1001 and schedule your consultation today. Located in Las Vegas, we welcome patients from all surrounding areas of Nevada.