Breast Implant Removal and Lift

i am 59 and have had implants since 1997 (12yrs) i went from a c cup to a dd cup, since I only wanted to lift my breast and make them look nice, The implants make me look like Dolly, and since I've gained weight they look even bigger. I want them removed. It has been 12 yrs and I'm 59 yrs young. I will probably need another lift since these heavy breast are still sagging. I've had CC once and I think I'm getting some tightness in one of my breast with shooting pain that could possibly be the formation of CC. can both procedures be done at the same time without problems?

Doctor Answers (9)

Breast implant removal and lift?

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 Direct physical examination would be necessary to accurately answer your question.

What your breasts will look like after explantation  depends on several factors such as: the quality of skin elasticity (the better the elasticity the better the skin will bounce back),  the size of the implants used (the larger the implant the more trouble you may have with redundant skin), and the amount of breast tissue present at this time (which may have changed since the time of your breast augmentation). 
Life experience since your breast augmentation procedure, such as pregnancy or weight gain weight loss, will  potentially influence the factors discussed above. If you take these factors into consideration and apply them  to your specific circumstances you may get a good idea of what to expect after the implants are removed.
 
Occasionally, I see patients who just want the implants removed because they don't want the implants "to be a part of them" anymore.  Make sure you think about this and that this is the right thing for you.  It's difficult to say if you need a lift after removal -- no one will know exactly what your breasts will look like after the implants are removed until it is done.  Talk to a well-trained and experienced board-certified plastic surgeon and get good advice.
Best wishes.


San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Removing breast implants

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Many times a lift is performed with implant removal.  I could give you a better idea of what you can expect with a picture or actual physical exam.

Jeffrey E. Schreiber, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
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Breast lift and implant removal.

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Judging from your description of size, performing the implant removal with a lift should be a straightforward procedure but the risks will be related to the complexity of the lift.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Yes, both breast implant removal and lifts can be done at the same time but I don't recommend it. There is also no reason or need to remove the capsule around the implants unless they are heavily calcified or otherwise abnormal. 

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