Breast augmentation isn’t always about going bigger. The initial decision to get breast implants generally means more than one consultation, asking many questions, and putting a great deal of thought into it. Perhaps the most challenging part of the whole process is selecting the right implant size. In some instances, women get breast implants and decide over time they want smaller ones. Some patients may have loved their results for years, but things can change. So, can you have a breast replacement surgery and downsize your implants? You can—especially with help from an experienced plastic surgeon like the doctors at Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery.
In certain instances, some women decide after their initial breast augmentation procedure to go smaller. At Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery in Huntington, NY, board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. James Romanelli and Dr. John Layliev are leading experts in the Long Island area with breast augmentation procedures. During a thorough consultation and exam, Dr. Romanelli or Dr. Layliev will assess each patients’ situation and determine the right surgical plan. Much like an initial breast augmentation procedure, the experience is different for every patient with breast implant replacement.
Here is some general information from Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery to keep in mind before replacing breast implants with smaller ones.
Smaller implants can make a big difference
When it comes to breast augmentation, the attitude with implants years ago about “bigger is better” has changed. As trends go, there has been a shift, with more women wanting a natural-looking appearance and subtle change to their breasts with augmentation. Women also want fewer restrictions with their breast implants due to leading a more active, healthier lifestyle. Today, more women are choosing to improve the way their breasts look without creating a dramatic increase in size. Breast implants are an excellent way to correct mild ptosis (sagging), eliminate specific aesthetic issues, and give women a boost of confidence. Even small implants can improve the symmetry, shape, and profile of the breasts.
The benefits of smaller implants
There’s a way to achieve fuller, rounder breasts you deserve, even with small breast implants. Younger women especially are creating a generational shift toward choosing lighter, smaller implants as a practical choice for their more active lifestyles. Other benefits of smaller implants can be:
A decrease in sagging over time (the natural process of aging doesn’t stop with augmentation)
Decrease risk in loss of nipple sensation
Decrease risk in capsular contracture
Patients may experience a more comfortable recovery period, including less bruising, pain, and swelling
Can I exchange my breast implants for smaller ones?
With a shift in breast implant size and expectations, some Long Island women are choosing to replace their current implants and go smaller. Breast implant replacement surgery is not uncommon but can be more challenging surgically the second time around. It takes considerable experience and surgical skill to replace or even remove breast implants and give patients the right results. A plastic surgeon must take into account a patient’s body type, the size and age of their original implants, the previous augmentation surgical technique used, and what size they want in exchange. Working closely with a qualified, experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Romanelli or Dr. Layliev is imperative to achieve the necessary outcome each person deserves. Whatever the reason, Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery will work with each individual and determine the best course of action to get amazing aesthetic results.
Breast revision surgery could mean more choices
With the ever-evolving cosmetic world, you’ll more than likely have more breast implant choices this time around. If your last breast augmentation procedure was ten or more years ago, there is a whole new world of breast implant sizes, shapes, and types. Gummy bear implants have come onto the scene, while silicone implants even come in varying degrees of thickness, giving patients more choices. Breast replacement surgery not only allows patients to downsize but also allows an opportunity to update their look.
Will I need a breast lift when downsizing my breast implants?
A breast lift can help minimize the appearance of loose, excess skin, and any sagging as a result of downsizing. Some patients experience a reduction in breast volume, which can result in sagging breast tissue. Additionally, the areola may look disproportional once patients downsize. Smaller areola surgery and a breast lift can be performed in conjunction with breast implant replacement surgery. In such cases, the experts at Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery can determine if a breast lift to restore a smooth breast shape, along with resizing the nipple, is necessary for optimal results.
Are you considering breast replacement surgery in Long Island? If so, you must find an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon like the doctors at Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery in Huntington, NY.
Dr. James Romanelli and Dr. John Layliev are highly experienced in breast augmentation and revision procedures. Whether you want to downsize, upsize, remove, or update your current implants, they will listen to your concerns and devise the proper surgical plan for you.
If you have further questions about replacing breast implants with smaller ones or any other concerns, then we invite you to schedule a one-on-one consultation with Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery today.