More and more women are having their breast implants removed, including British celebrity model and Big Brother winner Katie Price, but should you consider it?
Clinics across the UK experienced an average rise of around 97% in women seeking breast implant removal, but what has led to this increase?
Why do women want to remove their breast implants?
There are several reasons why women may feel the time is right to have their breast implants taken out.
- The recent scandal involving the toxic material of the PIP implants has led to women wanting these particular implants removed as quickly as possible.
- Unsurprisingly, even if the implants are not of the PIP brand, women are still worried and the media coverage has made then reluctant to keep the implants.
- Some implants can develop hardened, capsules around the actual silicon. This tends to happen after a few years or so, and means it is time to change the implant.
- Women may feel that the aesthetic nature of the implant they choose does not fit in with their lifestyle now, and want a more natural/cosmetic look to their breasts.
- Women who are just about to start a family may be worried about breast feeding and as such, may have their implants removed before they become pregnant.
- Post-menopausal women may want to have their implants removed as their actual breasts have grown naturally.
Whatever your reasons for wanting to have your breast implants taken out, the biggest worry is always – What will your breasts look like after removal?
Patients worry that they will be left with baggy sacks of empty skin with nothing inside – the dreaded ‘golf ball in a sock’ effect.
The point to make is that yes, your breasts will look and feel different.
Patients who have had breast implant removal state that their breasts felt ‘empty’, and looked ‘crumpled’, like a piece of ‘tissue paper’ that had been screwed up and straightened out again.
Others report that they could see their ribs sticking out further than their breasts.
However, the body has a wonderful ability to heal itself. On day three after surgery, your breasts will begin to regain their former shape. It starts this off by the skin beginning to retract itself, and the breasts naturally going back to their plump state without the implants.
Patients say that for a week, their breasts without the implants looked a little sad. However, only 50% in clinics stated that they would like a breast uplift after removal. So half of them were happy with their breasts after the implant removal surgery.
Something to consider if you are thinking about removing your breast implants.
It probably won’t surprise you that the biggest successes came from removing the smallest implants. So those with huge implants may have to consider further reconstructive surgery after removal.