A woman in her 40?s or 50?s presents to her plastic surgeon to discuss breast implant removal. She had saline breast implants placed 20 or so years ago. Since that time she has gained a little weight and breast tissue and now feels that her breasts are too large.
She doesn’t remember the size of the implants. She doesn’t, of course, want floppy breasts after the implants come out.
Her plastic surgeon is not sure if the patient will be happy with the size or shape of the breasts after implant removal. The patient is unsure whether she would like a lift or need to have smaller implants replaced.
Here’s an excellent option. Pop the implants!
Simple needle decompression in the office can allow the patient to see the results of implant removal and make an educated decision regarding the need for smaller implants or a lift. Of course, this commits a patient to have the implants removed at the very least. This is not an option for silicone implants, only saline.