Deflation of saline breast implants by a doctor - Can they be deflated immediately or does the deflation take days/weeks?

I have had saline breast implants, under the muscle, for 15 years. I have not had any issues with them. I am simply tired of how big they are. I know I want them removed but assume I will need a lift and maybe more. I would though like to have them deflated before making decisions. I have read conflicting information online---some info states implants can be fully deflated in an office visit and other info states it can be a slow process. What are the facts? Thanks!!

Doctor Answers 6

Implant Deflation

It is an quick and easy procedure to remove the saline in order to get a better and more accurate assessment of whether you will need a breast lift or not.  I recommend an in-office examination as well as a detailed discussion with a surgeon who you are comfortable with and who is a board-certified Plastic Surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Best wishes! Dr. Desai
Harvard Educated, Beverly Hills & Miami Beach Trained, Double-Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Deflation of saline breast implants by a doctor - Can they be deflated immediately or does the deflation take days/weeks?

Your saline implants can be deflated in your plastic surgeons office by removing most, if not all of the fluid.  Once they are deflated, they cannot be re-inflated.  After having your implants deflated, let your tissue adjust several weeks.  You will be able to determine if you need a lift at that time. Best wishes. 

Jeanette Padgett, MD, FACS
Oklahoma City Plastic Surgeon
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Deflating saline implants

Thank you for your excellent question.  I have done this before in the office by removing all of the saline via aspirating it through a syringe.  It is a painless procedure & the implants deflate immediately.  Allow your breasts to settle for a few weeks & this will give you a very good idea of how you will look with your implants out.  Most women are surprised at how good their breasts look & many don't require a lift.  All the very best.  Kim

Kim Taylor, FRACS
Melbourne Plastic Surgeon
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Saline breast implant deflation

Deflation of saline breast implants can be in minutes or days depending on technique. Once done cannot be reinflated. If you had gained weight, this is a quick fix, also during pregnancy, the breasts can engorge and a quick deflation can sometimes give immediate relief. Good luck 

Larry Weinstein, MD
Morristown Plastic Surgeon
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Deflating implants

I have done this on occasion for patients.  Often the implants can be deflated almost completely and it is immediate.  

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Deflation of saline breast implants by a doctor - Can they be deflated immediately or does the deflation take days/weeks?

In general, it takes minutes to hours for the implant to deflate completely.  This way you can see how your breast will recovery from implant removal, and see if you need a lift.  

Robert E. Zaworski, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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