Breast Implant Removal
Occasionally, I will have patients come to me and request breast implant removal without replacement. Many women are hesitant to do so for several reasons. For one, they have all already gone through the cost and effort that was involved with their breast implant placement operation. However, foremost among these reasons is that they are afraid that their breasts will look bad after their breast implants are removed.
The patient pictured above underwent breast augmentation with saline implants along with a circumareolar breast lift (aka Benelli Mastopexy) by another surgeon several years prior to presenting to my office. Although she was happy with result from her primary operation, she simply just did not want her implants any longer. This patient underwent removal of her breast implants along with a partial anterior capsulectomy. She ended up with a good result. The only appreciable difference is a clear loss of breast volume.
I usually recommend that when women decide to have their implants removed, that they also have the surrounding capsules removed as well (capsulectomy). Although this decision may differ amongst patients, if the capsules are left in place there is a distinct risk of developing a seroma in the old implant space.
*photos on this post are of an actual patient of Dr. Brenner.