Deflated Breast Implant
Breast implants do not last forever and sometimes women change in their desire for implants as they age or go through lifestyle changes. It is not uncommon for a woman of Los Angeles with implants to decide she wants them removed after five, ten or more years of having the original surgery. This reversal can be performed through an explantation, removal of the original implant. The removal is sometimes followed by a breast lift, insertion of a smaller implant or other procedure to provide beautiful yet more natural results.
Sometimes, breast implants are removed because the original surgery did not provide the desired outcome. There may be problems associated with symmetry, positioning, capsular contracture or other concerns, which make the individual desire removal of the implants or replacement with new ones.
Whatever the reason for explantation, saline implants may be purposefully deflated by a qualified plastic surgeon of Los Angeles before the explant procedure. There are a few reasons why a plastic surgeon will deflate a saline implant. Those are:
Deflation several weeks prior to explantation surgery allows the skin to naturally retract and tighten to reduce the amount of skin, which must be removed from the breast for the most aesthetically pleasing outcome.
In cases of significant asymmetry of the breasts, deflation of the implants will allow the cosmetic surgeon to better plan for surgery to return symmetry to the natural tissue. In essence, he will be able to see what he is working with in regard to natural tissue and can better mark the breast for surgery.
Your Breast Implant Deflation and Explant Procedure
If board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Siamak Agha of Los Angeles determines it will be best to deflate your breast implants prior to the explantation procedure, he can perform that deflation within the examination room.
Once the implants are deflated through a simple piercing procedure, your body will absorb the saline fluid contained inside of the implant. This is completely safe, as saline has no harmful affect on the body. Breasts with a deflated implant will immediately collapse.
Although the breast will at first appear deflated and flattened, excess skin may naturally tighten over the next several weeks if the cosmetic surgeon wants to allow time for that to occur. If he has deflated the implants to remove them immediately, having done so will allow him to more accurately mark your skin for better outcome of the explantation plastic surgery in Los Angeles.
Sometimes deflated breasts will return to an attractive state on their own. More often, patients will undergo a breast lift, additional breast augmentation or other procedures to optimize the appearance of their breasts. Having deflated the original implants, removal of those implants through explantation is easier and requires smaller incisions than removal of an intact implant.
For Los Angeles explant surgery, the patient is placed under general anesthesia and an incision is most often made along the original procedure’s scar. If a new implant will be inserted, that is done following removal of the empty implant and a capsulectomy, if needed. If a new implant will not be inserted, a breast lift may be conducted.
When all of the associated procedures are completed and the breasts have the symmetry and appearance desired by the patient, the board certified plastic surgeon will close the incisions. The patient will then be dressed and bandaged before being sent into the recovery room.
Recovery from Breast Implant Deflation and Explant
After undergoing deflation and explantation at Plastic Surgery Body Contouring Center of Los Angeles, you will need a friend or family member to drive you home. It is best if that person can remain with you overnight, to ensure you recover well from the surgery.
You will immediately notice your explant surgery results. There will be a loss of fullness in your breasts, unless you had new implants placed within them. The best results are not seen for weeks or even months, after the body has had time to heal.