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Board Certified American Board of Plastic Surgery
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon

American Society of Plastic Surgeons
American Society for Aesthetic Surgery
Fellow American College of Surgeons
California Society of Plastic Surgeons
International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
American Board of Plastic Surgery ABMS MOC
American Society of Plastic Surgeons
American Society for Aesthetic Surgery
Fellow American College of Surgeons
California Society of Plastic Surgeons
International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
American Board of Plastic Surgery ABMS MOC

Breast Lift with Implant Removal
Plastic Surgeon • Newport Beach • Los Angeles



Some women decide that they would like to remove their breast implants and not have them replaced (medically referred to as "breast explant"). In many instances, this would leave them with breasts that have no volume and have significant drooping. In these instances, having a breast lift when removing the implants may restore some volume and lift the breasts to a more youthful position.

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Breast Implant Removal and Lift



Women that have had breast implants for a certain amount of time may choose to have their implants removed. There could be several reasons for this. A patient might have had a current implant rupture or deflate and choose to not have the implants exchanged, due to change in lifestyle, change in perception of image, change in financial ability or perhaps they felt that implants did not fit their personality or they were prone to capsular contracture. For whichever reason, a patient may always have her breast implants removed.

Many women are able to have their implants removed with no other procedures needed to restore their breasts back to a prior surgical look. However, with the weight of implants and with time, skin does begin to sag and some women feel that a lift as well as a breast implant removal would be beneficial in order to restore a perkier bust. The extent of the lift would be dependent on the size of the patients breast implants as well as the quality of the patients skin and how much excess skin a patient might have. Some women fear that with the complete removal of their implants they might remain much smaller busted than they would like.

We like to remind women that with time, aging, childbirth and weight loss or gain, the natural breast tissue can change and may look bigger or smaller and a woman might be surprised that over the course of several years they might appear to have larger breasts then they did prior to having a breast augmentation surgery. Likewise, a woman that had sufficient natural breast tissue prior to their breast augmentation might feel that with having her implants removed completely she would be satisfied with her remaining breast tissue yet might be surprised that her natural breast tissue has decreased in volume.

During the course of a breast implant removal and lift consultation, Dr. Bandy will try to determine how much natural breast tissue a woman has so that a patient may choose whether to remove her implants completely or exchange her implants for smaller implants. Many women with larger implants might choose to have an implant exchange to a smaller, more natural size which might also require a breast lift. The best way to determine which option is best for you, is to consult with a qualified Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, like Dr. Bandy to discuss your options and what is a realistic outcome.

Q: Why should I have a lift?

A: With the weight of implants and with time, the skin does begin to sag and some women feel that a lift as well as a breast implant removal would be beneficial in order to restore a perkier bust. The extent of the lift would be dependent on the size of the patients breast implants as well as the quality of the patient’s skin and how much excess skin a patient might have.

Q: Will I have enough breast tissue afterwards?

A: We like to remind women that with time, aging, childbirth and weight loss or gain, the natural breast tissue can change and may look bigger or smaller and a woman might be surprised that over the course of several years they might appear to have larger breasts than they did prior to having a breast augmentation surgery. Likewise, a woman that had sufficient natural breast tissue prior to their breast augmentation might feel that with having her implants removed completely she would be satisfied with her remaining breast tissue yet might be surprised that her natural breast tissue has decreased in volume. During the course of a breast implant removal and lift consultation, Dr. Bandy will try to determine how much natural breast tissue a woman has so that a patient may choose whether to remove her implants completely or exchange her implants for smaller implants. Many women with larger implants might choose to have an implant exchange to a smaller, more natural size which might also require a breast lift. The best way to determine which option is best for you, is to consult with a qualified Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, like Dr. Bandy to discuss your options and what is a realistic outcome.

Q: What is the recovery like?

A: Recovery time depends on the extent of the implant removal, how much capsule work needs to be done, as well as the lift that is performed. Typically, implant removal with or without a lift is much easier than the initial breast augmentation.

Q: How can I prepare for breast implant removal?

A: A patient can prepare for a breast implant removal procedure by beginning a vitamin protocol (provided by Dr. Bandy) to aid their body’s healing. We recommend accomplishing all house chores prior to surgery that would require a patient to lift anything over 5 pounds or push or pull anything heavy. During your pre-operative appointment (about 2 weeks prior to your surgery) our nurses will go over all necessary steps to prepare for your surgery.

Q: Are there different types of Breast Lift procedures?

A: There are various types of breast lift procedures, ranging from a lift that is designed to elevate the level of the areola, to a breast lift that is designed to lift the entire breast, including the areola, higher on the chest. As no two patients are the same, the lift that is recommended depends upon what the patient is starting with and what they are wanting to accomplish.

Q: What type of incision approaches are there for Breast Lift?

A: There are three main breast lifts. The first is the peri-areola breast lift, which is designed to lift only the areola from 1-2 centimeters. This type of lift does not tighten any breast tissue. The second is a lollipop breast lift, which has an incision around the areola and straight down to the inframammary fold. The third lift that is common is the Weiss pattern lift, commonly referred to as an "anchor lift", which, like the lollipop lift, has an incision that goes around the areola, and straight down, however, continues to a horizontal incision within the inframammary fold.

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