Choosing to Have Breast Implants Removed

Choosing to Have Breast Implants Removed

Posted on February 4, 2020 by Dr. Susan MacLennan

More and more patients have been coming to me for breast implant removal. Even among those choosing a first-time breast augmentation, the trend is for smaller, subtler breasts that are easier to manage where fitness routines and other activities are concerned. Regardless of the reason, the choice to have breast implants is incredibly personal.

Your implant removal options

Many patients are surprised to know that if they are unhappy with the larger size of their implants, it is possible to let the breasts tighten naturally after the implants have been removed; replacing the implants with smaller ones is not always necessary.

There’s a lot to consider when you’re first deciding to have implants removed. Breast implant removal is a highly customizable procedure that can be tailored to your unique body type, budget, timeline, and aesthetic preferences. You may choose to remove both the implants and scar tissue capsule, remove only the implants and leave the scar tissue capsule in place, or replace the implants with smaller implants. After the implants have been replaced, you also have the option of a breast lift so that the smaller breasts are in a higher position.

Health concerns and breast implants

Aside from changing aesthetic preferences, there are some rare health concerns that will require patients to remove their breast implants. A rare form of cancer, known as ALCL, has been associated with a specific brand of textured implants. These implants only account for a small fraction of those used overall, however, they have been recalled and should be removed. If you have concerns about your textured implants, I can remove and/or replace them.

In most cases, health insurance doesn’t cover breast implant removal procedures as it is considered a cosmetic surgery. However, Mountain Lake Plastic Surgery does offer financing through Alphaeon and CareCredit to help make a breast implant removal more affordable.

Schedule a consultation

If you want to learn more about breast implant removal, schedule a consultation. I will be happy to answer any of your questions and help guide you to a decision that works best for your unique situation. Call our Burlington, VT office at (802) 231-4284.