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5 Signs You Need Your Breast Implants Removed

Posted April 05, 2023 in Breast Implant Removal

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Breasts are perceived as a symbol of femininity and attractiveness. However, for some women, the effects of aging, gravity, genetics, weight, breastfeeding, or invasive reconstruction surgery may affect breast attractiveness, causing women to opt for breast implants. 

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While breast enhancement can bring beautiful and outstanding results that help improve your breast aesthetic, the procedure may not work out for everyone, creating interest in breast implant removal.

If you’re unhappy with the results of your breast implants or have run into unexpected issues with your implants, a breast implant removal may be deemed necessary. 

Women may choose to have their implants removed or replaced for several reasons, one being that they are just unhappy with the size of their implants. However, the following issues are more serious and warrant the removal or exchange of breast implants.

Why Remove Your Breast Implants?

Your Implants Are Causing You Discomfort

If your breast implants are causing physical discomfort (back or shoulder pain), emotional distress, or even complications, you may need to remove them. Sometimes the implants may be too heavy, and the newfound weight may lead to muscle aches and pain. This may require a surgical revision to permanently remove the implants or replace them with the appropriate size for your anatomy.

Your Implant Has Ruptured

Breast implants are susceptible to rupture or leaks. While rare, it is necessary to remove and/or replace the implant. Detecting a leak in silicone implants may be hard to spot; therefore, imaging technology is essential. On the other hand, saline implants deflate when they leak, resulting in a noticeable change in breast shape or form.

Your Implant Has Moved, Rotated, Bottomed Out, or Changed Shape

Over time, breast implants may shift or become displaced, especially if the supporting breast tissue becomes insufficient and unable to provide adequate support. Whether the implants move towards the armpit, bottoming out, or high riding in the chest, they result in an unnatural look, necessitating a breast revision procedure.

Your Implant Is Causing Capsular Contracture

Capsular contracture is a fairly common breast augmentation complication that occurs when the tissue pocket surrounding the implant contracts, resulting in changes to the feel of the implants. 

In severe cases, there is a distortion of breast shape or significant discomfort. Having your breast implants checked and removed (or possibly replaced with new implants) is vital.

BII Symptoms or Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL)

In some cases, patients may experience symptoms associated with breast implant illness (BII) or BIA-ALCL (a rare form of lymphoma that can potentially develop in the scar tissue surrounding the implant). Having the implants removed may improve or completely resolve the symptoms. 

BII is a term used for a wide array of symptoms that develop among people with breast implants. While the symptoms vary from person to person, the most common include the following:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Muscle weakness
  • Brain fog
  • Memory and concentration problems
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Headaches
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Hair loss
  • Dry mouth/eyes

Breast implant removal will result in your breasts returning to their original position. If you don’t like the look of your natural breasts, or if they appear sagging and deflated, you can discuss your options for breast revision to achieve better results.

Interested in Learning More About Breast Implant Removal in Buffalo, NY? 

Do you feel frustrated or experiencing painful symptoms related to your breast implants? Maybe you’ve changed preferences and would like to determine your candidacy for breast implant removal or revision. 

Contact us at 716-631-1220 or fill out our online form to schedule your private consultation with the highly sought-after Dr. Koch and learn how breast implant removal can help restore your ideal breast aesthetic.