If you have had breast implants to enlarge your breasts, but you have decided you don’t want them anymore, they can be surgically removed. There may be medical reasons why a breast enlargement needs to be reversed, or you might just want to change the size of your breasts. New implants can be inserted following removal of your original implants if you wanted to change the size, shape or feel of your breasts.
What can I expect from surgery?
The implants, which sit either directly under the breast tissue or deeper behind the muscle are removed through incisions underneath the breasts. Depending on the exact type of surgery you have, further surgery such as a breast uplift may be required following the implant removal and / or replacement. The operation normally lasts one to two hours, and is carried out under general anaesthetic. You will usually stay in hospital overnight and will need to plan time off work so that you can recover at home. You will also need to wear a special supportive bra in the first few weeks after surgery.
As with any cosmetic procedure, it is important that you review your expectations thoroughly before you decide to proceed.