Do You Need a Breast Lift?
Sometimes, women might opt to have their breasts lifted after having their implants removed because the skin has become stretched due to the implants being in place for so long. What’s more, some women might want to have scars removed from previous surgeries or have their breasts made even smaller with a lift. If you are in the Chicago are and you are leaning toward having your implants removed, consider what you want to do afterward. There are several factors that might contribute to your decision to have a breast lift:
- Excess skin after the implant is removed: this can be removed at the same time as the implant or later if it is determined to be uncomfortable for you.
- The location of the breasts after implants have been removed: breasts might sit much lower on the chest after removal.
- The location of the nipple before and after the implant has been removed: some women want the nipple to be in the middle and surgery can correct this.
- Weight gain or loss since the implant was placed, and then after it has been removed: weight can shift breast implants.
- As well as other factors to discuss with your doctor.
What is Involved in a Silicone Implant Removal?
Removing your silicone breast implants can be done on an outpatient basis. This is a relatively easy procedure to complete, provided you are healthy to undergo surgery. A small incision is made on the underside of the breast, and the implant is carefully removed. Capsules which hold the implants in place are removed as well. After inspection of the surgical site, the area can be trimmed of any excess skin to create an optimal look. Depending on whether or not you opted to have your breast reduced in size or lifted, this can be done at this time as well.
How Long Does It Take To Recover?
Recovery time is about two weeks, provided everything goes as planned, and many activities should be avoided during the healing time to ensure no complications arise. Women should plan to take some time off work if they are working and get some help around the house for everyday things like cleaning and household chores. Lifting and strenuous activity is not recommended, and pain can be managed with prescription medication during the first few weeks of recovery. As well, some women like to wear a compression garment around the chest to keep the pain to a minimum and avoid any unforeseen accidents, like bumping into walls or doors while walking.
What to Expect After Surgery
Once you have recovered from the first few weeks after surgery, you will notice the scarring on the surgical area has decreased significantly and will continue to decrease over time. Most women will tell you that they don’t mind the scars because they look and feel much better than before.
Consultation with Dr. Placik
If you are interested in discussing this procedure removal, and you are in the Chicago area, contact us today. We will be happy to talk to you about your options and provide you with some more information about the procedure and recovery.