Breast Implant Removal with a Lift with Dr Kernohan
Breast implant removal with a lift is a procedure that has gained prominence among women who have previously undergone breast augmentation but now seek a change.
Over time, preferences and circumstances can evolve, leading to a change in how you perceive your body and what you expect from it. Breast implant removal with a lift addresses these changing needs by offering a solution that not only removes the implants but also revitalises the appearance of your breasts.This procedure is not just about reversing a previous cosmetic choice; it’s about adapting to your current lifestyle, comfort needs, and aesthetic desires. Many women find that their preferences regarding their body image have shifted over the years, prompting a desire for a more natural look. Others may experience physical discomfort or health concerns related to their implants, such as capsular contracture, which is a hardening of the tissue around the implant, or concerns over the long-term effects of having implants.
Specialist Plastic Surgeon, Dr Michael Kernohan is a highly experienced plastic surgeon in Sydney NSW. Dr Kernohan performs explant surgery in Sydney’s Southwest Suburbs and the Southern Highlands regularly.
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What is Breast Implant Removal with a Lift?
Breast implant removal with a lift, also known as explant surgery with mastopexy, is a complex surgical procedure that addresses two primary concerns: the removal of breast implants and the lifting and reshaping of the natural breast tissue. This dual approach ensures that after the removal of the implants, the breasts do not appear deflated or saggy but are instead lifted and reshaped to give a more natural look.
The need for this combined procedure arises because breast implants, over time, can alter the natural anatomy of the breasts. Implants stretch the skin and can change the breast tissue’s structure. When these implants are removed, the skin and tissue may not naturally return to their pre-implant state, leading to sagging and loss of shape. A lift is therefore often necessary to restore a natural breast contour.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Breast Implant Removal with a Lift?
Breast implant removal with a lift is a procedure that caters to a specific group of women. The candidates are those who have undergone breast augmentation in the past but are now considering removal of their implants for various reasons. These reasons can range from lifestyle changes, physical discomfort, and health concerns, to a change in aesthetic preference.
If you’re someone who’s experiencing physical discomfort due to your breast implants, such as pain or heaviness, or if you’re facing complications like capsular contracture (hardening around the implant) or implant displacement, this procedure might be suitable for you. Additionally, if you’re concerned about the long-term effects of implants, such as the risk of rupture or the need for replacement, you might also consider this surgery.
Another significant factor is a change in aesthetic preferences. Over time, you might find that your implants no longer suit your lifestyle or personal image.
It’s also important that candidates for this surgery are in good overall health, do not smoke, and have realistic expectations about the outcomes.
Benefits of the Breast Implant Removal with a Lift Procedure
One of the primary benefits is the relief from any physical discomfort or health issues caused by the implants. This can include alleviating pain, correcting capsular contracture, or addressing any other complications related to the implants.
From an aesthetic perspective, this procedure can significantly rejuvenate the appearance of your breasts. After the removal of implants, breasts may often appear saggy or deflated; a lift can restore a firmer appearance.
Another important benefit is the reduction of future health concerns related to implants, such as the risk of rupture or the need for replacement surgeries. By removing the implants, you’re also eliminating these potential future issues.
How is the Breast Implant Removal with a Lift Procedure Performed?
The procedure for breast implant removal with a lift is a complex surgical process that requires precision and expertise. It typically involves the following steps:
- Anaesthesia: The procedure is performed under general anaesthesia, ensuring you are comfortable and pain-free throughout the surgery
- Incision: The type of incision used depends on the chosen lift technique. It could be around the areola, vertical down to the breast crease, or an anchor-shaped incision for more extensive reshaping
- Implant Removal: Dr Kernohan carefully removes the breast implants. If there is any scar tissue (capsule) around the implant, it may be removed or modified as needed
- Breast Reshaping: After implant removal, Dr Kernohan proceeds with the lift. Excess skin is removed, and the breast tissue is reshaped. The nipple and areola may be repositioned to a more natural height
- Closure: Incisions are closed with sutures, skin adhesives, or surgical tape. This is done meticulously to minimise scarring
- Recovery and Aftercare: Post-surgery, you’ll be given specific instructions on how to care for your incisions, medications to apply or take orally, and follow-up appointments
The procedure duration varies depending on the complexity of the surgery and the techniques used. It’s important to have a detailed discussion with Dr Michael Kernohan about what the surgery will entail, including the type of incisions and the expected outcome.
Recovery after the Breast Implant Removal with a Lift Procedure
Recovery after breast implant removal with a lift is a critical phase and varies from person to person. It is important to understand and prepare for this period to ensure a smooth and successful healing process:
- Immediate Post-Operative Period: After the surgery, you will spend some time in the recovery room where your health will be closely monitored. You may experience grogginess from the anaesthesia, soreness, and swelling in the breast area
- First Few Days: You will likely need assistance at home for a few days. It’s essential to rest and avoid any strenuous activities. You might have drains in place to remove excess fluid, and you will wear a surgical bra to support your breasts
- Pain Management: Pain and discomfort are common but manageable with prescribed medications. Follow Dr Kernohan’s instructions on how to take these medications
- Follow-up Visits: You will have follow-up appointments with Dr Kernohan to monitor your healing. These visits are crucial to ensure there are no complications and that you are healing as expected
- Activity Restrictions: Heavy lifting and vigorous exercise should be avoided for several weeks. Gradually, you can resume normal activities as advised by your surgeon
- Scar Care: Scars are an inevitable part of the surgery, but they will fade over time. Your surgeon will advise on how to care for your scars to ensure they heal well and become less noticeable
- Long-term Care: Full recovery can take several months. It’s important to attend all follow-up appointments, adhere to your surgeon’s recommendations, and maintain a healthy lifestyle to ensure the best outcomes
Risks of the Breast Implant Removal with a Lift Procedure
Like any surgical procedure, breast implant removal with a lift carries certain risks. Being aware of these risks will help you make an informed decision and prepare for any potential complications:
- Anaesthesia Risks: As with any surgery involving anaesthesia, there are risks such as allergic reactions and respiratory issues. Your medical history and any allergies will be thoroughly reviewed to minimise these risks
- Infection: There’s a risk of infection at the incision sites. Following post-operative care instructions and keeping the incisions clean are vital to preventing infection
- Bleeding and Haematoma: Bleeding during or after surgery can lead to a hematoma, a collection of blood outside blood vessels. Dr Kernohan will take steps to minimise this risk
- Scarring: Scarring is inevitable, but the extent varies from person to person. Your surgeon will use techniques to minimise scarring, and proper wound care can aid in better healing of scars
- Changes in Nipple or Breast Sensation: You may experience a change in nipple or breast sensation, which usually resolves over time. However, in some cases, these changes can be permanent
- Asymmetry: Perfect symmetry is not always achievable. Minor asymmetries are common, but significant differences are rare
- Dissatisfaction with Aesthetic Outcome: While most women are satisfied with their results, there’s always a risk of dissatisfaction. Having realistic expectations and good communication with your surgeon can help mitigate this
- Potential for Further Surgery: In some cases, additional surgery may be needed to correct complications or improve results
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FAQs about Breast Implant Removal with a Lift
What motivates most women to undergo breast implant removal with a lift?
- Many women opt for breast implant removal with a lift due to physical discomfort, health concerns related to their implants, or changes in personal aesthetic preferences. Some seek relief from complications such as capsular contracture or implant displacement, while others wish to return to a more natural breast size and shape as their lifestyle or body image goals evolve.
How long is the recovery period after a breast implant removal with a lift?
- The recovery period can vary, but generally, you should expect to take it easy for at least a few weeks after the surgery. Most patients can return to normal activities within 4-6 weeks, with full recovery taking several months. It’s important to follow Dr Kernohan’s specific instructions for care and attend all follow-up appointments for the best recovery experience.
Are the results of breast implant removal with a lift permanent?
- The results of breast implant removal with a lift are generally long-lasting. But they are not immune to the effects of ageing, gravity, and lifestyle changes such as weight fluctuations or pregnancy. Maintaining a stable weight and a healthy lifestyle can help preserve the results.
What are the potential risks or complications associated with this procedure?
- Common risks include scarring, changes in nipple or breast sensation, asymmetry, and the usual surgical risks such as infection or reaction to anaesthesia. While rare, there’s also a possibility of needing revision surgery. Discussing these risks in detail with Dr Michael Kernohan is crucial to understanding and preparing for the procedure.
Can breast implant removal with a lift be combined with other procedures?
- Yes, it can be combined with other procedures for more complex body contouring results. Common combinations include liposuction or tummy tuck – abdominoplasty. Dr Kernohan will evaluate your overall health and aesthetic goals to determine if combining procedures is safe and beneficial for you.
Further Reading & Medical References
- What results should I expect after breast implant removal? – American Society of Plastic Surgeons
- Removal of orthopaedic implants: indications, outcome and economic implications – NCBI
- Breast Implant Safety – WebMD
- Indications of implant removal: A study of 83 cases – NCBI
- Breast Implant Removal: What to Expect, Surgery & Recovery – Cleveland Clinic
- Read Dr Kernohan’s page about Breast Implant Removal