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The vast majority of women who have had a breast augmentation are very happy with their results. In fact, the procedure ranks among the top plastic surgery procedures in terms of satisfaction.

This is quite understandable given the multitude of positives associated with breast enlargement some of which include looking much better, feeling more attractive, having greater self-esteem, being more confident, extroverted and social and having an overall improved sex life.

It should be no surprise or revelation that not everyone is satisfied with the results of their breast augmentation which is pretty much like everything else in life. The reasons could be real, imagined or that they just did not meet their expectations.

In the situation of the patient below who ultimately consulted with me after two previous breast augmentations performed elsewhere – there is no doubt that her disappointment was not imagined.

This 63 year old woman had a breast augmentation many years ago and her breast implants had been placed above the muscle. She found a plastic surgeon who then replaced them with much larger silicone breast implants placed behind the muscle (in the submuscular pocket). Needless to say, she was immediately very unhappy with the results. Her breasts were far larger than she had wanted or asked for and they were extremely deformed (photos A, C and E). Not only did they project the wrong image that she was looking for but they also limited the styles of clothes that she could wear. In addition, she was experiencing some discomfort that could be directly attributed to them.

A) Deformed breasts after breast augmentation

A) Deformed breasts after breast augmentation

B) After breast implant removal - frontal view

B) After breast implant removal – frontal view

C) Before breast implant removal

C) Before breast implant removal

D) After breast implant removal

D) After breast implant removal

E) Before breast implant removal

E) Before breast implant removal

F) After breast implant removal

F) After breast implant removal

After a thorough consultation with me, she decided to simply have them removed (explanted) rather than replaced by more appropriately sized and shaped breast implants. I performed her breast revision surgery, the results of which she was not only extremely happy with but were also far better than she had expected (photos B, D and F). Her chest wall and breast discomfort completely disappeared in the process. She noted that she no longer feelt deformed or uncomfortable with her appearance and has finally been able to find a variety of outfits that are appealing, stylish and well fitting.

For more information on breast implant removal (explantation), other breast revision surgery or for any other plastic surgery procedure that I perform, please call my office at 480-451-3000.

Steven H. Turkeltaub, M.D. P.C.
Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona

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