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Can You Downsize Breast Implants After Surgery?

While the majority of breast augmentation patients are ecstatic about their new look, there are some cases when a woman may not be fully satisfied with her results. Whether she feels that her implants are too small, too large, too low, or otherwise different than what she had originally imagined, feeling less than thrilled with the outcome of breast surgery can certainly be frustrating. Board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. James Romanelli and Dr. John Layliev, along with the caring team at Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery, understand the emotional nature of undergoing breast augmentation and are dedicated to helping Long Island, NY patients feel comfortable, confident, and overjoyed with their results.

One of the most common reasons that women pursue implant replacement surgery is to alter the size of their implants. In some cases, patients feel that their implants are too small once all of the swelling from the surgery has subsided and the final results are visible. However, other women may have a hard time getting used to their new figure and wish to downsize their implants. In either case, Drs. Romanelli and Layliev are able to help patients achieve their ideal cosmetic goals through implant replacement or revision.

What do I do if I want smaller breast implants?

While breast implant downsizing is not the most common request by breast augmentation patients, it certainly happens. Some of the reasons women may desire smaller breast implants after their original surgery include:

  • Difficulty with exercise
  • Physical discomfort
  • Back/neck pain
  • Change in personal preference
  • Unsatisfied with overall appearance
  • Uncomfortable in certain clothing

Regardless of why you are considering downsizing your breast implants, the first step is to be evaluated by a knowledgeable and experienced plastic surgeon. During your initial consultation, your doctor will examine your breasts, discuss your concerns and goals at length, explain your options in detail, and recommend a surgical plan that best fits your needs.

The exceptional team of board-certified plastic surgeons at Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery is committed to helping first-time breast augmentation patients in the Long Island, NY area make appropriate selections regarding size, shape, and implant type, as well as advising breast revision patients on a course of action that will help them achieve their original goals. Dr. Romanelli and Dr. Layliev are proud to offer the innovative VECTRA3D Breast Imaging Simulator to help patients envision how various implant sizes and types will look on their bodies in order to get as close as possible to their ideal look and avoid the need for revision surgery.

How long do I have to wait before I can get my implants replaced?

Patients who are unsatisfied with their breast augmentation results may, understandably, be in a rush to have a second procedure. However, it is important to remember that your body has just been through a relatively large surgery and needs time to rest, heal, and recover before going under the knife again. Furthermore, patients should allow all of their swelling to subside and their implants to settle into place before making any major decisions regarding implant replacement. In many cases, it can take up to six months or longer for the final results of breast augmentation to become visible.

If you decide that downsizing your breast implants is definitely something you want to pursue, most surgeons recommend waiting at least six months after your original procedure to undergo implant replacement surgery.

Am I a candidate for breast implant replacement in Long Island, NY?

The best way to determine with certainty whether or not breast implant replacement surgery is right for you is to be evaluated by a highly experienced board-certified plastic surgeon. For the most part, patients who are in good health, nonsmokers, and are at least six months out from their original surgery can be considered for implant replacement. However, your surgeon will need to evaluate additional factors, including scar tissue, the original surgical method used, and others.

Call Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery in Huntington, NY today to schedule your one-on-one consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. James Romanelli or Dr. John Layliev, or take advantage of a convenient online consultation from the privacy of your own home, and find out more about how downsizing your breast implants may finally give you the comfort, confidence, and beautiful physique you have been hoping for!

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.