Romanelli Cosmetic

Do You Need to Have Your Large Breast Implants Removed?

When considering breast implants, some women want a modest size increase, while others are looking for something more dramatic. Although large implants aren’t always an issue, choosing the biggest implants possible may cause problems down the line. Patients may be unhappy with the overall look or have difficulty with neck and back pain. The weight of the implants may even cause the skin to stretch out, leading to sagging and drooping. If you would like to have your large breast implants removed, board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. James Romanelli and Dr. John Layliev are here to help.

Whether you received your breast augmentation surgery at our facility or another clinic, Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery in Huntington, NY can replace implants with a pair that is more proportional in size or remove them altogether. By discussing your expectations and goals with a skilled plastic surgeon, we can create a custom plan that best works for enhancing your silhouette. Achieve the beautiful feminine curves you desire while comfortably participating in regular activities again. To schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Romanelli or Dr. Layliev, call a team member at our office today.

Reasons For Large Implant Removal

The larger the implants, the greater the chances of experiencing complications such as implant rippling, asymmetry, and physical discomfort in daily life. A skilled surgeon doesn’t allow patients to pick whatever implants they want without informing them of the complications. At Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery, our consultation is spent discussing size, fit, and proportion so large breast implants don’t become a painful problem in the future.

Though one of the most common reasons for large breast implant removal is cosmetic dissatisfaction, patients may also encounter capsular contracture, breast implant illness (BII) and breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). While your risk remains low for these conditions, we can help you understand if your implants are affecting your health. Any pain, discomfort, swelling, or noticeable distortion in one or both of the breasts should be reported to Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery as soon as possible for a medical assessment.

Here’s a brief explanation of each condition in more detail:

  • Capsular contracture: The formation of a capsule, or scar tissue around an implant, is a normal part of the healing process. When the implant pocket develops excessive scar tissue that hardens and squeezes the implant, this can become a problem for patients. As a result of capsular contracture, individuals often feel discomfort and noticeable distortion in the bust.

  • Breast implant illness: BII involves a wide range of symptoms that form after breast augmentation surgery. Potential symptoms include chronic fatigue, joint and muscle pain, sleep disturbance, anxiety, depression, and frequent headaches. Though BII is not well understood by the medical community, implant removal is one of the most common ways to resolve these issues.

  • BIA-ALCL: This is a rare cancer of the immune system that develops around the scar tissue surrounding a breast implant. Common symptoms of BIA-ALCL include persistent swelling or a lump in the breast. The symptoms usually develop years after the initial breast implant surgery but can develop earlier.

Breast Revision and Lift Technique

The staff at Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery offers patients information on preparing for their procedure. During breast implant surgery, the implants and scar tissue may have to be removed. This is a typical part of the process if the scar tissue is negatively affecting your breast or causing discomfort. After removal, our team can perform a fat transfer, breast lift, or both to achieve your desired breast shape and size. There are also a number of other options for replacing lost volume following implant removal. Dr. Romanelli or Dr. Layliev can review the surgical plan with you before surgery.

Recovery from implant removal varies based on what is involved in the surgery. Just like your first augmentation, we suggest taking some time off from work and household chores to rest and recover. Most patients begin to notice their end results once the swelling and bruising go away. Your plastic surgeon will discuss what you should expect as you recover and offer recommendations to help with fast healing. Remember to follow-up visits as often as directed so we can monitor your healing.

Reach Out For Revision Surgery

Although implants are meant to be long-lasting, they can require replacement eventually. After getting breast augmentation, it's important to get implants examined at least once a year so we can determine if they need to be updated or exchanged. With new advances in implant technology, you may prefer new implant shapes or types to get a better outcome. When circumstances cause you to become dissatisfied with your breast implants, Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery can remove the implants or replace them with new ones.

Although breast augmentation surgery has high rates of patient satisfaction, implants aren’t always right for everyone. Select a surgeon with advanced training and experience in breast implant surgery. We encourage patients to come back to for revision surgery after their original breast augmentation if they would like new implants or notice an issue. When you arrive for your breast consultation in Huntington, NY, cosmetic surgeons Dr. Romanelli and Dr. Layliev can discuss your options and refresh the appearance and feel of your breasts. To learn more about removing large breast implants, call our office at your earliest convenience.

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