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Breast Implant Removal in Nashville

Women seek breast implant removal for several reasons, many of which boil down to some variation of:

“My body is different today than it was when I got my implants.”

“I went in for a lift and came out with THESE.”

Common Implant Complaints

Breast implants have been around since the early 1960s. They gained popularity in the decades to follow, becoming widely available in the ‘70s and ‘80s. That means many women have had their implants for upward of 30 to 40 years! 

So, the women who had these early implants placed in their 20s are now in their 50s, 60s, or 70s. These women’s bodies have gone through significant changes – pregnancies, natural weight fluctuations, and, ultimately, menopause. These women are reevaluating their bodies at their current life stage and finding their implants don’t fit them anymore. Most of these women had forged a happy relationship with their implants when they were younger, but now feel the added breast size makes them look top-heavy or matronly. Some women are now slimmer, or their breasts are more deflated than when they got their implants and feel the implants no longer accentuate their figure like they once did.

Unfortunately, some women tell us they never liked their implants or felt they were too big. They frequently share stories of going in for a lift and coming out with bigger breasts that eventually sag, rather than the perky, youthful ones they envisioned. This phenomenon may have happened for many reasons, such as poor communication with the surgeon or the wrong operation in the first place. Sometimes the easiest and most cost-effective solution for droopy breasts is to put in an implant to fill up the loose skin. A breast implant will fill the lax skin if the breast is slack, but it will do very little to lift or reshape sagging breasts.  

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How Our Breast Implant Removal in Nashville Works

Fortunately, very few women request treatment because they regret their original operation. Still, it can happen, and thankfully, it’s simple to undo with very little negative consequence.

Whether to remove the implants or replace them with smaller ones depends on how much breast tissue a woman has and what size breasts she desires. When a woman has gained weight since her original breast augmentation, her breast size may have increased all by itself, and an implant may not be necessary. In some cases, the breasts will look more natural without implants. 

Our recommendation on whether a woman needs a breast lift depends on her breast appearance and where her breast tissue lies relative to breast implants. A good rule of thumb is: If the breasts were droopy BEFORE the implants or are limp WITH the current implants, they’ll probably be flaccid with a smaller implant or no implant. In most cases, a breast exam and a candid conversation with your surgeon will allow you to decide what’s best for you. Schedule an online appointment with our surgeons to discuss your options.

Dr. Gingrass discusses how often should you replace your implants

Dr. Gingrass discusses in office implant deflation

How Our Breast Implant Removal in Nashville Works

Several factors determine breast implant removal cost in Nashville. 

  • Is there damage to your breast tissue or your capsules? 
  • Do you want to have your implants replaced? 
  • Are any other procedures necessary, like a breast lift? 
  • Is your surgeon board-certified? 

For a detailed estimate, schedule a consultation with Plastic Surgery Center of Nashville.

FAQs About Breast Implant Removal in Nashville

Breast implants have no expiration date. However, they won’t last forever. They typically last for 10 to 20 years unless you develop a health complication, in which case you should have them removed or replaced.

No, there’s no rule requiring you to replace breast implants every 10 years. However, aging and pregnancy may cause some changes in your breast profile, so replacing your implants may be an excellent choice to address these changes.

You should consider removing breast implants when:

  • One or both implants have ruptured or deflated
  • You want to change the shape, size, or material of the implant
  • You develop capsular contracture, a painful complication that can occur with some implant patients
  • Your breasts have become asymmetrical
  • Your aesthetic goals and lifestyle choices have changed

Most plastic surgeons recommend an annual breast implant checkup. In addition, the FDA recommends having implants screened via MRI three years after your surgery and every two years afterward.

Often, Drs. Gingrass and Haws can follow the incisions made during your original breast augmentation procedure to avoid creating an additional scar. If new incisions are necessary, your surgeon will carefully make them in inconspicuous areas where they will heal discreetly.

Since you will be groggy from the anesthesia, you will need a responsible adult to drive you home and stay with you for 24 hours after the surgery. You can manage any discomfort with prescription or over-the-counter pain medication. Most patients feel sufficiently recovered to return to work within the first week. We will provide you with detailed instructions to follow while you are healing, including how to care for your incisions and when to return for follow-up appointments. During recovery, you’ll need to avoid strenuous exercise and sleep on your back or side.

A breast lift can restore a fuller, perkier, and more youthful appearance after breast implant removal. We can create a customized surgical plan during your breast implant removal consultation to address this option.

The answer to this question depends on multiple factors, including the type of previous augmentation, associated surgical fees and whether you choose to add complementary procedures like a breast lift. We will give you an accurate cost estimate during your consultation. For your convenience, we offer three different types of patient financing.

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