Breast Implant Revision to Go Smaller

November 16, 2017 — by Stephen Hardy M.D.
Tags: Breast Augmentation

A breast implantBreast augmentation helps women who are unhappy with the size of their breasts achieve a more shapely, voluptuous appearance. While most women who undergo breast augmentation love their enhanced bust line, some may find that their breast implants are too large.

When a woman no longer wants large breast implants, she may have breast implant revision to go smaller. Missoula, MT plastic surgeon Stephen Hardy can perform your breast implant revision procedure. Before undergoing breast implant revision to go smaller, it's important to take certain factors into consideration. Let's take a closer look at some of these factors.

How Soon after Breast Augmentation Can Implants Be Revised?

In some cases, a woman may be unhappy with the size of her breasts immediately following breast augmentation and feel they are much bigger than she had expected, leading her to consider breast implant revision. Before undergoing revision, it's important to allow the breast implants to settle and give the body time to heal.

It can take as long as six months to a full year for the final results of breast augmentation to be revealed. Reducing the size of breast implants too soon may result in the breasts being smaller than desired. If after about a year the breasts still seem too large, breasts implants may be replaced with a smaller size.

Life Changes Can Affect Breast Size

The breasts continue to change throughout life and are affected by such factors as the aging process, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and weight fluctuations. Sometimes a woman will be happy with the size of her implants but after certain body changes, the implants may seem too large. Breast implant revision can be performed to achieve the desired breast size.

Reducing Breast Implant Size Can Leave the Breasts Saggy

When breast implants are placed to increase the size of the breasts, the breast tissues must stretch to accommodate the added volume. In situations where large breast implants are removed, the breasts may sag. Sagging may still exist even after the placement of smaller implants. Breast lift surgery, or mastopexy, may be performed in conjunction with breast implant revision to rejuvenate and enhance the breasts.

The Benefits of Reducing Breast Size with Breast Implant Revision

For some women, the reality of having the larger breasts they've dreamed of isn't what they had expected. Large breast implants can add significant weight to a woman's chest, potentially causing neck, shoulder, and back pain, as well as making it difficult to maintain an active lifestyle or find clothes and bras that fit properly.

Another possible problem with large implants is they can cause the breast tissue to stretch, sometimes causing stretch marks. Women who experience these or other problems as a result of large implants may benefit from reducing the size of their implants. Smaller breast implants can result in:

  • Reduced neck, shoulder, and back pain
  • Improved mobility, making it easier and more comfortable to stay active
  • The ability to find clothing that fits
  • Restored confidence for those who are unhappy with oversized implants

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