Ask the Doctor- Do You Remove Implants Placed for Cosmetic Reasons?

This week, Richard M. Kline, Jr. M.D., of The Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction answers your question.

Question: I had a breast augmentation 12 years ago at the age of 21. I am now 33 and after having my son I went up another 1-2 cups sizes. I’m not sure what my options are but I would like the implants removed completely if possible. Do your surgeons only work with cancer patients? The reason I ask is while I’m not a cancer patient I do have health issues including severe osteoporosis and an undiagnosed connective tissue disorder. I really need a doctor that is knowledgeable about the effects of implants over time and how this could be possibly affecting me now or in the future. Thank you.

Answer:  Yes, we do a lot of cosmetic breast surgery, some on its own, and some as an adjunct to breast reconstruction.
There is no demonstrated statistical relationship between breast implants and systemic health issues, but this does not mean it cannot ever be an issue in a given patient (although it may be impossible to prove). If you want the implants out, there is no reason that they cannot come out. Of course, you MAY find the cosmetic appearance of the breasts less favorable without the implants, but some of your concerns could potentially be addressed with additional breast surgery, such as lifting. Sometimes procedures such as lifting the breasts can be performed at the same time the implants are removed, but other times it is safer to let the breasts heal for a few months, then return to do the additional surgery.

I would be happy to see you to discuss further, if you wish, and thanks for your question.

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