Fresh Meadows, NY (PRWEB) July 22, 2014
Getting breast implants is a choice, but deciding to have them removed may be completely optional or due to medical necessity. Either way, women should know what to expect from the procedure and how to prepare for it, says Robert Kraft, MD, Plastic Surgeon with Advanced Dermatology, P.C.
About 20,000 breast implant removal surgeries are performed each year in the United States, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. But 70 percent of those procedures stem from three main problems: the breast implant has leaked or ruptured; collagen fibers have grown around the implant, painfully squeezing it (called “capsular contraction”); or the woman’s breast has changed in shape or size.
“Most women who choose to have breast implants don’t consider that they may one day need to be removed,” Dr. Kraft explains, “but the procedure, while unusual, underscores the fact that breast implants are not designed to last forever. This means women should be informed about what’s involved.”
Reasons for breast implant removal
Changing our minds is natural, and women with breast implants may decide that they’re too big or small and want to exchange them for implants of a different size. Others may not like the “artificial” look of their breasts – or decide they’re too high or low – and want to return to having only their natural breast tissue, Dr. Kraft says.
But typically, medical reasons necessitate the removal of breast implants. Filled with silicone, gel or saline, the implants may eventually leak, and all breasts eventually change in shape and size. Other reasons for breast implant removal include:
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