Can I have a breast implant removal without replacement?

I had my breast augmentation over 15 years ago when I was young and thought I needed them to feel better about myself. Now that I’m a 56 year old grandmother I want to get rid of them. Is it possible to have a breast implant removal without replacing the implants?


F, 59, Utah

Tags:age 55-64 breasts unwanted implants

Thank you for your question. The short answer is yes, you can have breast implant removal without implant replacement. There are many women that opted for breast implants via plastic surgery years ago and are looking to have them removed later in life. The common reasons for removal surgery varies by individual and can be related to discomfort, unhappiness with their breast size, or that they simply don’t want them anymore. Two questions we are frequently asked by prospective patients are: how much breast tissue will there be without the implants, and what the breasts will look like once they are removed.

Predicting what your breasts will look like after surgery depends on several factors, including breast volume, the amount of weight you’ve gained since having breast surgery, whether your implants are made of saline or silicone, if you have any pain associated with your implants, and how much stretching your body has undergone over the years.

I suggest you consult with a few board-certified plastic surgeons to discuss your desire for implant removal surgery. They will be better judges of how your breasts may appear after removal surgery and if you should consider breast lift surgery as part of the procedure.

Requests for information about breast implant removal surgery (explant) for both saline implants and silicone implants are fairly common. Women who have had a breast augmentation in the past – specifically breast implants – sometimes want to have them removed for a variety of reasons.

The surgery can usually be done on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. Sometimes women will consider a breast lift in addition to implant removal in order to give their breasts a firmer look afterward. I recommend that you consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon to see which procedure[s] is/are right for your specific situation.

Neil Zemmel has 1 Breast augmentation revision before & after:

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It's definitely possible to have your implants removed without replacing them.  It's a fairly simple outpatient procedure for almost all patients.

Reza Momeni has 2 Breast Implant Revision before & afters:

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Absolutely!  Your breasts will lose the volume and firmness that the implants create, but as long as this is acceptable to you, the surgery is quite easy to do and recover from.  Best of luck!

Thank you for the question and YES you can remove implants and capsules without replacement.  So go on some consults and be evaluated

Dr Corbin