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What can I expect having 500cc silicone implants removed with no replacement?

Q:

I am 26 years old.  Two and a half years ago I had 500 cc silicone implants inserted through the nipple.  Pre-implants, I was size 32 C.  I haven't had any complications with them but lately I've noticed that the muscle hurts and I am limited as to how much weight I can lift, etc.  I want to get them removed but I am afraid of what my breasts will look like afterwards.  I do not want to replace them.  What are my options -and what can I expect?

A:

When breast implants are removed, the skin generally does not shrink. Therefore, what results is ptosis or droop of the breasts, especially after removing an implant as large as 400 cc. Occasionally, you can achieve a reasonable looking breast by just removing the breast implant, but usually you will need a breast lift to achieve a normal looking breast after the removal.

R. T. Buchanan, MD

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