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Why Some Women Have Their Breast Implants Removed

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You may have heard that Chrissy Teigen recently had her breast implants removed after 10 years. The always endearingly candid Teigen even shared pictures of her scars with fans on Instagram.

We are seeing today’s modern celebrities being far more open about their procedures than the stars of yesteryear. Household names like Victoria Beckham, Sharon Osbourne, and Pamela Anderson have all opened up about their decisions to remove their implants.

If you’re reading this today, the odds are good that you’re wondering if you need your implants removed. So, we will walk you through why most women choose to do it, and how it is done.

Why are Breast Implants Removed?

In most cases, women make the decision to have them removed several years after the actual breast augmentation surgery.

The most popular reasons include:

·   Wanting to get older textured implants removed and/or replaced

·   Experiencing hardening around the implants (capsular contracture)

·   Not being happy with the look

That last reason most frequently occurs when the patient realizes (sometimes many years later) that they went too large, or chose an unnatural shape. This was the case for Heidi Montag who upgraded to a size F cup, while also getting 9 other enhancements that same day. Victoria Beckham was also very unhappy with her unnatural look and joked that she had“torpedo bazookas” for boobs.

As strange as it may seem, bigger and bolder boobs were more “in” during the 90s and the 2000s. But technology has evolved a long way. More natural-looking implants are easily obtainable today, so that is what today’s women want.

How are Breast Implants Removed?

The procedure is very safe, with a very short recovery period.

Your procedure will begin with your surgeons administering gentle anesthesia to make sure that things are completely painless. From there, they will make a small incision below your breasts so they can get better access to the skin tissue. Then, your surgeon will remove the implants and any scar tissue using a combination of techniques.

From there, if you’re exchanging old implants, your surgeon will replace them with the new ones, while also possibly performing fat grafting to the breasts to add natural volume. Finally, sutures and skin adhesives close your incisions.

The entire procedure can take between 2-3 hours, depending on the patient. After that, the recovery period is very brief, and you can return to your normal activities in about a week.

How Much Does it Cost?

Costs can certainly vary from one surgeon to another, and from one area to another.

You can expect to spend a few thousand dollars to have them removed, and then a few thousand more if you’re having them replaced. Many clinics are offering financing options these days to make their procedures more affordable.

Should I Have My Breast Implants Removed?

This is an incredibly personal decision—one of the most personal you will ever make, in fact.

Speak to your partner, as well as your family and friends to hear their thoughts. Also, be sure you speak to a board-certified plastic surgeon about all of the specifics of the procedure. They should be able to show you before and after pictures, and even give you references so you can actually speak to women that have undergone the procedure.

In the end, even after everyone has given you their opinion, this is still 100% your decision to make. It’s your body, your health and your life.

Feedback is important, but it’s never more important than how you want to feel about yourself.


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