Removing Your Breast Implants: What You Need To Know

Over time, you may feel like your breast implants no longer fit your needs. Perhaps your body has changed and you now have more of your own breast tissue, or maybe you think that smaller breasts would better complement your existing frame. Some women opt to have their implants removed because they don't want to have to replace or maintain them in the future. If you're contemplating removing your breast implants, here are a couple of things you need to know.

1. You May Need to Have an Additional Procedure (or Procedures) for Optimal Results

The appearance of your breasts after you have your implants removed will vary based on a few different details, such as the size of your implants, how long you've had your implants, and the elasticity of your skin. In general, the larger your implants or the longer that you've had them, the higher the likelihood that you'll need to have an additional procedure to minimize sagging and give the breasts a full appearance.

It's possible to combine your implant removal with other procedures, like a breast lift. A breast lift may be needed to rid your chest of sagging skin. Some women decide to go this route to minimize the number of procedures that they have to undergo. However, another option is to wait and see what your breasts look like before deciding to commit to another operation. This allows you to get a better idea of what procedures might be best for your needs.

For example, if you feel like your existing implants are too large but have concerns that your natural breast tissue won't be sufficient for your preferences, you may prefer to remove your implants and examine your appearance before committing to new implants or other options. If you decide that you're not happy with your appearance, you may prefer a less dramatic alternative to enhance your breasts, like fat grafting augmentation.

Fat grafting augmentation takes fat from one area of your body and uses it to enlarge your breasts. It is best suited for women who only want a small boost in their breast size.

Your Insurance May Not Cover Implant Removal

You'll need to check the terms of your insurance policy to see if it covers the costs associated with removing your implants. Some policies don't cover any cosmetic surgery at all, and this includes revising your original surgery. Other policies may cover procedures related to reconstructing the body after illness or disease. 

If your policy doesn't cover implant removal, you may be able to make the procedure more affordable by utilizing a tax-advantaged account (if the operation is labeled medically necessary) or by taking advantage of affordable financing options specifically for medical procedures. For more information, contact a plastic surgeon.