The breast implant removal procedure itself is very straightforward. Once the breast implants are removed, there are at least four options a woman can choose from to enhance the breast appearance after implant removal:
Breast Implant Removal Only
A woman can simply have her breast implants removed and be done. Many women choose this option. This is especially popular when the implants are on the small side and/or the woman is less than 45-50 of age.
Fat Transfer to breasts
Some opt to have fat injected into their breasts in an effort to restore lost volume or breast size. This can be done at the time of implant removal or at a later time. She must have some fat on her body in order to do this fat transfer to her breasts. The area that the fat is taken or “harvested” from is called the “donor site.”
In older women and those with large implants, the breasts are often saggy or “Ptotic” when the implants are removed. In these cases, women frequently ask for a breast lift or “mastopexy” at the time of implant removal. Some women ask for a mastopexy or lift after the implant removal. Breast lifts tighten the skin of the breast and raise the breast off from the chest and upper abdomen. The nipples are lifted, not removed. Most women preserve nipple sensation and regain a much prettier breast shape.
Breast Lift + Fat Transfer
Finally, some women choose to do both, a fat transfer and a breast lift, at the same time when they have their implants removed. This is also an option if their breasts are saggy and smaller than they prefer.
If you aren’t sure which way you want to go, you don’t have to make a decision in advance of removal surgery. Many women choose to remove their implants and “live with them for awhile” before deciding what they wish to do.
Many patients “fly in for surgery “ and they fly back home in 5-7 days. These “fly ins” have come from 63 countries and all 50 states. We are set up to take care of you as little or as much as you wish. Some Fly Ins ask us to take care of everything, and we are set up to do just that. Just let us know how much assistance you desire.
We are also happy to do cyber consults on line or live on FaceTime. You can send us your medical history and photos of your breasts, and we will review them and contact you. We can schedule your surgery, and you fly in the day before. Much of the paperwork , any lab tests and the financials are completed the week before you arrive. Official consents, photos and prescriptions are completed the day before surgery with most of our “Fly ins.“
Out the door costs including the surgeon’s fees, the operating room fees, the anesthesia fees and pathology charges range from $8-15,000 depending on which option you choose and the length of your surgery.
Any questions? Please call (310) 846-8457.
Take care, WGS