Implant removal (53yrs old)
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Percutaneous Implant Deflation
I see patients in your situation very often. Over time, some women feel that their implants are just too big but they are unsure what their breasts would look like without them. A tool I find very helpful is percutaneous implant deflation. It's a quick procedure done in the office under local anesthesia. We numb an area in the lower breast with lidocaine and then insert a tiny needle to puncture the implant and aspirate or remove the saline. Ointment and bandaids are applied along with a compression vest. You can resume normal activity immediately after. The skin retracts over the following weeks, just like the abdominal skin does in the weeks after the delivery of a baby. This would let you and your surgeon know ahead of time what your breasts would look like with explantation alone. You would see exactly how much extra skin remains, if any, and the degree of ptosis (droopiness). You would also see how much native breast tissue you have and if it's enough for your desired look. This technique is extremely helpful in planning breast revision surgery and really puts you and your surgeon on the 'same page', so that you can make the right decision and achieve your goals in one operation. If you happen the smaller look and don't need another lift, the deflated implants still need to be explanted. I hope this helps! Good luck!
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Implant removal (53yrs old)
Generally speaking, 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.
Patience is definitely indicated after removal of breast implants; it will take many months for the skin to “bounce back” and for you to see the final appearance of the breasts.
I hope this, and the attached link (dedicated to breast implant removal surgery concerns) helps. Best wishes.
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