If you’ve undergone breast augmentation surgery with breast implants, you may at some point decide to have your implants removed. This procedure is often referred to as breast explant surgery. There are various reasons why you might decide to have your implants removed. For example, there may be a complication with one or both of your implants, or the implants may no longer be a good fit for your body after weight changes. However, one thing you may be concerned about is the possibility of your breasts sagging after your implants have been removed. So, is this something that you need to be worried about?
Breasts Often Sag After Explant Surgery
Unfortunately, many women do notice negative changes to the appearance of their breasts after having their implants removed. Oftentimes, the breasts will sag significantly in addition to being much smaller. When you have breast implants inserted, your breast tissue gradually stretches to accommodate them. So, when those implants are removed, the skin will be more stretched out than necessary, which can cause the breasts to sag or droop.
How Can You Correct Sagging Breasts After Implant Removal?
Fortunately, there are several things you can do to prevent your breasts from sagging after explant surgery. Ideally, you can combine your implant removal surgery with another complementary procedure. There are two procedures that tend to be most effective for preventing breast sagging:
Mastopexy (Breast Lift)
The most common way to correct sagging breasts is with a procedure known as mastopexy, also called a breast lift. During this procedure, Dr. Lampert will remove excess skin and reshape breast tissue to reduce sagging and give the breasts a lifted, perkier position. Explant surgery is often combined with mastopexy to achieve the most attractive result possible.
Another way to reduce breast sagging after explant surgery is with the use of a process called fat grafting. During this procedure, excess fat is removed from another area of your body, such as the thighs, buttocks, or abdomen. That fat is then injected into the breasts to replace the volume of the implants. Fat grafting can help your breasts maintain their size and round shape in addition to reducing sagging.
What is the Takeaway?
If you’re considering explant surgery, you should be aware that it may result in your breasts sagging. However, you can prevent this by combining the procedure with mastopexy, fat grafting, or both. When you sit down with Dr. Lampert, he will discuss your options with you and help you decide on the best choice for your specific goals. Contact our office today if you’d like to schedule a consultation.