The removal of a breast implant can make your breasts appear deflated or sagging. A breast lift surgery (also called a mastopexy) can reshape and tighten up your breasts, restoring their perkiness.
In this article, we will explore everything you need to know about pursuing breast lift surgery after implant removal.
At the CREO Clinic, our body contouring cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Omar Tillo, has a history of countless successful breast lift surgeries, including those performed after an implant has been removed.
How Do Breasts Change After Implant Removal?
If you are no longer happy with the results of your breast augmentation, you may wish to remove them. This will reduce the size and can leave your breasts looking droopier or even misshapen as your breasts’ skin has stretched to adapt to the presence of implants.
A breast lift surgery can be an extremely effective way to work to resolve these issues by tightening up the skin and increasing the overall perkiness of your breasts.
Benefits of a Breast Lift After Implant Removal
There are many important benefits to undergoing a breast lift procedure after your implants have been removed:
- Remove Excess Skin – Any loose skin left after implant removal can be excised, and your breasts’ skin can be tightened to create a perkier appearance.
- Relocation Of The Nipple – Your nipples may have become misshapen or asymmetrical, and a breast lift can realign them to a more aesthetically pleasing position.
- Firmer, More Contoured Breasts – A breast lift can change the shape of your breasts to appear firmer and more voluptuous while maintaining the natural proportions of the body.
Can You Have an Implant Removal and Breast Lift At the Same Time?
When removed, breast implants (especially larger ones) can leave your breast looking significantly deflated. A breast lift can help to reduce this effect.
Implant removal and a breast lift do not require separate surgeries, and can be performed at the same time. It should be noted that, depending on your individual needs, the two surgeries performed in unison will likely require more time spent in surgery.
Breast Lift and Implant Removal Procedure
Breast implant removals and breast lifts are both performed under general anaesthetic, so you will be unconscious throughout the procedure. Before any incisions are made, guidelines and markings will be used to indicate the location of incisions and the position of the nipples.
To remove your implants, incisions are made across your augmentation scars to avoid creating new scars. Your old implants are removed, as is any scar tissue.
Your breast lift involves one of a few different types of incisions. Which incision is used for your lift will depend on your needs and will be decided by your surgeon in order to help ensure the best outcomes. All incisions remove a certain amount of skin, tightening up the lower breast and allowing the nipple to shift into a higher position, if so desired. The resulting gaps created by your incisions are then sutured shut.
The circumareolar (periareolar) incision is a popular choice for removing a small amount of unwanted breast skin so as to create a subtle lift and create greater perkiness. This incision may be appropriate for women with smaller breasts.
The inverted-T incision is used to remove a more moderate amount of breast skin, creating a more significant lift than the periareolar incision. This may be more appropriate for women with moderate to large breasts.
Breast Lift and Implant Removal Recovery
In the first few days after your implant removal and breast lift, your breasts may feel tender, and you may have some bruising and inflammation.
As soon as you are able, you should try to begin short walks, gradually increasing the distance over the course of your recovery.
Most women find they can return to work after ten days and then return to light exercise involving the lower body after two weeks. A full exercise regime involving the whole body will not be possible until after six weeks of recovery.
After six weeks, you should be fully recovered from your breast lift and implant removal. You can then return to all aspects of your daily routine without issue.
Breast Lift Results After Implant Removal
You will see the effect of your implant removal and breast lift immediately after your procedure.
However, the final results of your breast lift will not be visible until after a minimum of six months of recovery time, as this is when your swelling will have completely subsided.
After this, you will be able to enjoy your newly transformed perky breasts.
Schedule a Consultation With CREO Clinic Today
If you want to know more about the benefits of breast lifts after breast implant removal, book a consultation at the CREO Clinic.
Our double board-certified body contouring surgeon, Dr Omar Tillo, is a skilled and experienced surgeon who has performed many post-implant removal breast lifts and understands what surgical routes will suit your needs.
Dr. Tillo will collaborate with you to design a bespoke treatment plan to help you achieve the breast shape and size you desire.