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By Philip J. Straka

Woman Holding Both BreastsWe often discuss how breast implants can help improve a woman’s appearance. However, there should also be a conversation about the possibility of there coming a time when breast implants may no longer be right for you. When you decided to have your implants placed, it was probably the right idea, but over time, you may have begun to feel that you might be happier without your implants. Let’s discuss the reasons you might want to remove your implants.

You No Longer Love Your Breast Appearance

It’s ok to admit that styles and fashions change. Implants that you got 20, 15, or even 10 years ago may not create the body image you currently desire. This feel can be especially common for women who had their implants placed at a young age and feel that the look of their implants doesn’t match their current maturity. If at any point you become dissatisfied with your breast appearance, you can consult Dr. Straka about changing it.

Recurrent Breast Complications

Complications are rare and not generally expected with breast procedures. However, it is impossible to predict if or what type of complications a patient may experience with breast implants. Capsular contracture can develop, implants can become malpositioned, or an infection can develop. If you are unlucky enough to have recurrent breast complications, removing your implants may be the best course of treatment.

Your Implants Cause Too Much Discomfort

Implants placed under the muscle can lead to discomfort for people who are particularly active. If you like to lift weights, swim, or engage in other activities that contract your chest muscles, you may find that your implants make these activities uncomfortable. While most people find that implant contraction isn’t too bothersome, for others, it can negatively impact the activities they enjoy.

Additionally, overly large implants can lead to chronic back and neck problems. The weight of very large implants can compress your spine, causing you to experience back, neck, and shoulder discomfort that may be almost impossible to live with.

Consult a Surgeon

If you are still deciding if implant removal is the right path for you, you should consult with a plastic surgeon. By scheduling a consultation, you can discuss what your breasts will look like after removal or if there are alternative techniques available to help you achieve the look you desire. A surgeon can help you make a decision that can help you be confident and comfortable with your breast appearance.