Will I Need a Breast Lift After Removing My Implants?

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Breast liftThere are several reasons why women may choose to remove their breast implants. Although breast augmentation is safe, there is a degree of risk involved that may necessitate the removal of breast implants. In other cases, a woman may simply decide that she is no longer happy with her breast implants and wants to remove them.

Regardless of the reason, many women are curious to know whether they will need a breast lift after removing their breast implants. Here, Sacramento plastic surgeon Dr. Debra Johnson discusses the topic in detail.

To Breast Lift or Not to Breast Lift?

Truthfully, there is no easy answer to this question as it is difficult to predict how a woman’s breasts and nipples will look after implant removal. Some women’s breasts may appear deflated, saggy or shapeless after removing their breast implants. This is largely due to the breast tissue’s inability to shrink back to the original size after being stretched by the breast implants. For other women, especially those with good skin elasticity, their breasts may not appear saggier or shapeless after implant removal.

Other factors to consider are the size of the implants and the amount of time the breast implants were in place. Women with very large implants or who had their breast implants in for a long time are likelier to need a breast lift than women with more moderately sized implants and who remove their implants soon after their initial breast augmentation surgery.

Generally speaking, a breast lift is recommended for women whose breasts and/or nipples sit below the natural breast crease line, or whose nipples point downward. During breast lift, loose, excess skin is excised, and the underlying breast tissue is reshaped and tightened. The breast mound is lifted higher on the chest wall. Overly large or stretched out areolas can also be resized. The result is a perkier appearance and more beautiful, natural-looking breast shape.

Meet with Our Trusted Sacramento Plastic Surgeon

As you can see, there are many factors to consider when deciding on whether to get a breast lift after removing your implants. The only way to make an informed and confident decision is to schedule an in-person consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon. Dr. Debra Johnson can discuss your options in detail and work with you to select the best course of treatment.

You can contact Dr. Johnson’s Sacramento practice by calling (916) 929-1833 or emailing us today.