I'd like to have my ruptured breast implants removed and have a breast lift done at the same time. I've heard it may be better to wait, but I'm worried I won't be able to afford it then (removal is covered by insurance). If I wait, I'd have to pay for anesthesia and room again. Also, what would generally be the price for anesthesia and room? And is it ever done together? Benefits and cons please. Thanks!
Ruptured Breast Implants Removal and Lift at the Same Time?
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Breast Implant Removal with Breast Lift
When breast implants are removed the breast is usually left with a deflated look. In order to improve the breast appearance a mastopexy or breast lift is needed. The type of breast lift depends on the size of the implants removed and the resulting breast appearance.
If the implants to be removed are saline then typically the capsule does not get removed. Therefore, there is no significant change to the breast blood supply. In this situation a breast lift is possible with little additional risk.
Conversely, if the implant to be removed is silicone then the capsule is usually removed with the ruptured implant. This can challenge the blood supply to the breast and nipple. In this situation the conservative and safer approach would be to do the two procedures at separate settings.
Removal of Breast Implants with Breast Lift is usually performed concurrently
In my practice, we would always do these procedures at the same time, unless the reason for implant removal is a significant infection of the implants.
I can think of no benefit to staging them otherwise.
Ruptured breast implants and lift at the same time?
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In contrast, we occasionally see patients with mild sag. In this situation, it may be appropriate to delay a breast lift for three to six months.This allows time for wound healing and soft tissue contraction.This approach may avoid the additional scarring which follows breast lift surgery.
Breast sag following explantation is more likely in patients who have had multiple pregnancies, have breast fed, have had weight fluctuations, and have had implants for longer periods of time.When implants are large and placed on top of the muscles, the incidence of breast sag following implant removal is higher as well.
If you’re considering removal of your breast implants, consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon is appropriate.This surgeon should be able to determine the likelihood of breast lift following implant removal based on your physical examination.
Breast lift at the time of removal of a ruptured implant
There should be no problem removing your ruptured implant and performing a breast lift at the same time. The biggest concern is if you are a good candidate for a breast lift. Some times with an implant the skin will be stretched so thin that it makes a breast lift a riskier procedure.
Breast implants exchange
You certainly can have your implant removed and replaced. Additionally a lift can be performed. The biggest potential issue in augmentation/lift surgeries is whether the nipple can stand the operation, meaning there is always of chance of poor healing around the nipple/areola and possible loss. Check with a couple of board certified plastic surgeons to get a complete exam.
Ruptured breast implants and lift
If you are having your implants removed only and not replaced, it would be better to wait to see how much of a lift you'll need once your tissues have settled. Also, the risk of nipple loss from circulation compromise goes down if you wait. If oyu are having implants replaced and think you'll need a small lift as well, you could probably have this done at the same time depending on your anatomy. Although it may be cheaper to do everything together, I feel that your cosmetic result will be better if you stage the surgeries. Good luck, /nsn.
Breast implant removal and lift can be done together
Of course they can be done at the same time. Your issue is insurance and where and costs to you. In Florida, to have insurance pay for the removal, it must be done in a hospital or ambulatory surgery center. The reimbursement is very low to the doctor, less than $800. Than you will have to pay for the cosmetic portion or lifting at the center and for the doctor. This will be thousands of dollars. Maybe a range of $4000 to $10,000. Go see 3 boarded plastic surgeons in your area.
PS There can be a reason to separate the operations but we do not know your history or have photos. Regards.
Generally safe to remove implants and perform breast lift at the same time
Most plastic surgeons would consider removal of implants and breast lift a safe combination. When a breast lift is performed, incisions are necessary on the breasts, and the breast tissue is reshaped. If your implants are under the muscles, then the blood supply is better preserved to your breasts and the operation has less risk of poor healing due to decreased blood supply to the tissues.
If your implants are on top of the muscles, then the blood supply to your breasts has been interrupted to some degree. This increases the risk of healing problems and might limit your surgeons options in reshaping your breasts. In this situation, if your surgeon anticipates an extensive lifting procedure, then he or she might recommend removing the implants at a first operation, allowing some healing time, and then lifting your breasts at a second operation. This could certainly cost more, but might be necessary for your safety and for the best result.
Implant Removal and Lift
It can be done together but it just depends on the circumstance. If you are talking about old ruptured silicone implants then you may be better off waiting if there is any chance of rupture outside the capsule (extracapsular). If this is the case, I tend to stage the procedure. If this is not the case and if it is a newer silicone or saline implants then it is fine to do both at the same time.
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