Pros and Cons of Breast Implant Removal

Should I remove my Breast Implants?

So, you had breast implant surgery and now you are thinking about removing your implant? Whether it’s due to something you’ve seen online or you’re feeling not quite right or a bit worried, it is a major decision. Whether you have been thinking about it for a little while or have just started exploring the idea, this article about the ‘Pros and Cons’ can help.


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Breast Implant Removal Guide

Let me share a surprising statistic with you. Recent surveys show the number of breast implant removal procedures is growing rapidly.

In this article, I am going to share the pros and cons of breast implant removal surgery so you can make up your own mind or simply learn more.


Pros and Cons of Breast Implant Removal Surgery

1. The Pros


The first benefit is mammograms. Depending on how the implants are placed in your body, it can make mammograms very difficult. Moreover, the type of implant whether it is silicone and saline will affect the results of a mammogram. Breast implants are either placed above or below the pectoral muscle and sometimes a combination of the two. If implants are placed above the muscle, then imaging devices cannot see anything below it which hinders the results.

Reduce your Pain

One of the major reasons for breast implant removal can be an intense pain some women experience after undergoing breast augmentation. Some women have implants that are too big in terms of the breast to body ratio (being in proportion).  They experience back, neck and shoulder pain from larger implants.  Some boob jobs are botched from the start due to poor choice of implant size and/or lack of experience of the surgeon chosen to perform the procedure.  In some cases, implants cause capsular contractures which can intensify pain and cause the breasts to change shape. If this is the case, we encourage you to see a professional and get the right help. No level of aesthetic goals is worth being in consistent pain. If your body is hurting, it is asking for help.

Boost Your Confidence

Sounds a bit counter-intuitive? Doesn’t it? But, there are a lot of women out there who see their body in a new light and decide that they want to remove their implants. Many women get breast implants in their youth and after a while, they simply don’t like the look of them anymore or they feel comfortable to be without them. It’s all about confidence and personal choice.  Just keep in mind that it is as important to choose the right surgeon for breast implant removal as it is for getting the initial surgery.

Breast Implant Rupture

A breast implant can always rupture despite the type and quality.  There are numerous reasons as to why this can happen such as the age of the implant, trauma from a car accident, a fall, biopsy needle, intense training and other factors.

No More Replacements

As we mentioned earlier, breast implants age over time just like anything else. It’s recommended that you change your implants approximately every 10 years to prevent rupture or contractures from happening. Having your implants removed means no further surgery every 10 years unless you have removal and replacement.

Quicker Recovery

If you are making a plan to remove your implants once and for all, you’ll be happy to know that recovery time after your surgery should be easier than the initial surgery. Our previous patients have advised that the second time around isn’t as scary or as long to recover. During your recovery, you will still be required to follow doctors’ orders and follow precautions. Advice is still very similar with what you can and can’t do post-surgery.


Pros and Cons of Breast Implant Removal Surgery

2. The Cons


Just as there are pros to implant removal, there also are cons, and sagging is one of them. Breast implants give your chest a perkiness and full look. Removing those implants can result in your breasts sitting lower than they were and they may sag.  If you were originally a B cup and went up to DD, then you’ll likely experience more sagging; especially, if you had your implants for several years.  You may want to consider the removal of implants with a lift of the natural breast.  This is common and looks great.

Excess Loose Skin

Loose skin is that the cousin to sagging and is likely with larger implants or implants that have been in for a long time where gravity has also participated in the sag. Another factor is the natural elasticity of your skin and this differs in everyone.  Some people have great skin quality and others are not as lucky.  If there’s an excessive amount of sagging or loose skin already, your doctor may recommend a breast lift as a part of the removal surgery.

Chance of Infection

Breast implant removal is a surgery, and like with any operation there’s the danger of infection. Your surgeon will explain possible risks and complications during the consultation.

Risks of Further Scarring

While techniques are developed to minimize scarring, there will always be scarring at the incision site. There is no way to make an incision without a scar.  Where possible the surgeon will use the previous incision site but it will still be a fresh scar and will take time to heal just like any other surgical scar.

Risk of Loss of Feeling within the Nipples

The loss of feeling can occur because the nerves are damaged during surgery, this doesn’t often occur but you have to be made aware of it as a potential risk.

Risk of Anesthesia Complications

As we mentioned, implant removal is still surgery at the end of the day. As such, you will have a general anaesthetic. With anaesthetics, there is a chance of potential complications. Such complications may include pain, nausea, vomiting, backache, headache, etc.  The anaesthetist will go through these with you. Read more about the Risks of General Anesthesia during Cosmetic Surgery.

Loss of Confidence

Just like how implant removal surgery can boost your confidence, it can lower it too. It is possible that once you see yourself post-surgery you may not like what you see. Sometimes the image you had of yourself isn’t the outcome you have.  If you’re not sure you can always replace implants later down the track if you want to.  You can do removal and replacement at the same or do it later – the choice is yours.

The Cost of Removal

If your implant removal is related to a direct health concern or problem like rupture and/or capsule you may be entitled to a Medicare and Health Fund rebate but you will still have out of pocket costs.  If there is no health concern and it’s simply a choice you have made to have them removed, then you will be required to pay for all costs yourself as there is no medical element to the surgery.

It’s Your Body

Before you make any decisions about implant removal, remember that this is your body and your choice.  Unless you’re 100% confident that this is something you would like for yourself, you should do your research and have a consult to talk it out.

About Dr Craig Rubinstein

Dr Craig Rubinstein FRACS is one of Melbourne’s Best Specialist Plastic Surgeons for breast and tummy surgery.

He has been rated as a Top 3 Plastic Surgeon in Melbourne and rated a Top 5 Plastic Surgeon on the ‘Best in Australia’ website. 

Dr Rubinstein offers women personalised tummy surgery and all forms of cosmetic breast surgery.

He uses only the highest quality Motiva breast implants and is renowned for his natural-looking, long-lasting results.


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