August 26, 2019

Breast Implant Reductions and Removals: What You Need to Know

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In 2015, more than 38,000 breast implant removals were performed, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. This number increased to over 49,000 in 2018. Some women asked for their breast implants to be replaced with smaller ones, while others chose to have their implants removed and not replaced.

So why are women increasingly interested in reducing their breast implants or removing their implants? We’re sharing some theories and what we’ve seen.

Changing Trends Causing Breast Implant Reductions

The trending implant today in the United States is equivalent to a medium to full-size B cup, compared to the previously popular full C or D cup. This trend shows more women are requesting a smaller and more natural change in their breast size.

Fashion also encourages shifts in breast sizes – trends such as bralettes and strappy sports bras can be difficult to wear when you have large breasts.

More and more women are also starting to strive for the bodies they want, rather than what men describe as “sexy.” The days of the ideal female body type, featuring large breasts and a tiny waist, is decreasing. Women want to feel younger, fitter and own their look.

More Women Seek Healthy Lifestyles

Larger breasts can become more of a hindrance as more women choose more active lifestyles. Women are choosing modest implants so their ability to perform high-impact exercises like cross-fit or professional sports is easier. Difficulties with these types of activities can actually be a reason for women to desire a breast reduction.

“Some women have told me that they never wanted larger breasts,” Bajaj says. “They say that they had really wanted a breast lift (or mastopexy), but their surgeon at the time had recommended implants so they could avoid larger scars.”

The longevity of The Implant and Implant Removals

The age and longevity of breast implants also have an impact on breast implant removals. Here’s what we mean. When you’re in your 20s, you may desire larger breasts than you would when you reach your 50s.

Life changes happen – some women will gain weight while others will notice changes in their breast size and shape after child-bearing. These changes may prompt some women to consider having their implants removed or downsized.

Also, breast implants aren’t considered life-time devices. Like many man-made devices, breast implants will reflect wear and tear with an increased risk of rupture as they age – this means that you may need to have your implants replaced. For some women, switching the larger implants with smaller ones can be the answer; for others, removing the implants all together is the answer.

What Happens When You Reduce Your Breast Implants?

If you decide to change your implant size, your surgeon may use your original incision for implant removal and replacement. If you want smaller implants, your doctor may surgically reduce the size of the pocket with sutures to properly fit smaller-sized implants. In some cases, a breast lift is also necessary to address excess skin that can’t contract to the new, smaller breast size.

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Breast Reduction Without Implant

Reduction Mammaplasty is a breast reduction without an implant to replace it. This is a surgical procedure that reduces the size of breasts by removing excess fat, tissue, and skin. In addition to reducing the size of the breasts, the procedure reshapes the breast so that it is more proportionate in shape and size to your body.

Implant Removal with Auto Augmentation Technique

Breast implant removal with mastopexy using an auto-augmentation technique can also provide patients with a lift, a slight increase in breast size and restoration of breast shape by using the patient’s own tissue. This is achieved without the need for implants.

Choose Breast Implants That Are Best for You

No matter the trends, we want you to receive the option for you that fits your body and your goals. If you’ve had breast implants for some time now and are looking for something different, that’s OK—it’s your body and you should feel and look your best.

If you are interested in breast implant reduction or removal, please request a personal consultation with Dr. Bajaj at her Oklahoma City office. The consultation will set the tone for the rest of your surgical experience and help both you and Dr. Bajaj come up with the best execution plan possible.