Patient Profile: Breast Augmentation Patient Returns to Get Her Implants Removed
While breast augmentation is still the most popular cosmetic surgery in the world, more and more patients are deciding to have their implants removed. There are many reasons a patient may make this decision, and we spoke with one patient to understand her reasoning.
Tami had her original breast augmentation surgery 25 years ago. She was in her 30s and wanted her body back after having two children and breastfeeding. “At the time, it seemed as if everyone was doing it.” She decided she wanted to as well.
One of her first consultations was with Dr. Guy’s previous partner at Brevard Plastic Surgery and Skin Treatment Center. She immediately felt comfortable and enjoyed the professionalism and sense of humor she found here. She simply felt that their personalities meshed well together, which is a very important factor when it comes to choosing your plastic surgeon.
The First Surgery
For her initial surgery, Tami received textured silicone implants. Silicone implants are said to provide a more natural look and feel, which is what she was looking to achieve. Textured implants were the newest in breast implant technology at the time. She went from a C to a D cup. The implants were inserted using a periareolar incision, which is made around the outer border of the areola. She says she was very happy with the results of her surgery and enjoyed the look of her breasts for many years. Her recovery was fairly typical. She attended her follow-up appointments to make sure there were no complications while she healed. She felt very well taken care of. Tami was able to return to work in about two and a half weeks.
But why did she decide to have her implants removed if she was satisfied with her initial results? The answer is a simple and very common one: she wanted a change in her lifestyle.
As the years progressed, she began to desire a more “natural” lifestyle and felt that the look of her augmented breasts did not match the rest of her body. She knew she was at a point in her life where she needed to either replace or remove her implants, and she ultimately decided that she did not wish to undergo a third surgery down the line.
She says she chose to return to Dr. Guy’s practice because of her positive experience years earlier, in addition to Dr. Guy’s great reputation. She was nervous about being talked into replacing her implants instead of removing them, but Dr. Guy made her feel at ease. At her consultation appointment, she was able to speak freely about her feelings and what she wanted from the surgery. Dr. Guy agreed with her about the change in size she desired and detailed all the options available to her. Tami was also able to see many before and after photos to help her decide what she wanted.
“The pictures I liked were actually of a patient who ended up being unhappy with her results, but I knew it was the look I wanted.”
The Second Surgery
Because she had a breast lift performed in addition to the implant removal, a new incision had to be made in the crease on the underside of her breasts (known as an inframammary incision). Her breasts went from a D to a perky B cup that was in proportion with the rest of her body. “I didn’t have B-cup breasts before surgery, but I am very happy with my results.”
When asked if she had any tips for other patients debating whether or not they should remove their implants, she said that while it is very dependent on personal preferences, “You have to have a good idea of what results you want. If you’re thinking of it, do research and find a surgeon that you’re comfortable with and will tell you all your options. You should definitely consider it in the same way as your first surgery.”
In closing, she says that any patient looking to have their implants removed because they desire a change in lifestyle will be very happy and satisfied with their results.