Blog — Notes of a Plastic Surgeon

Welcome to my blog. I am a plastic surgeon in Seattle and have been in private practice since 1991. I've seen more than a few interesting faces and cases through my years spent in the exam room, the operating room and the emergency room. And I have an opinion on just about everything relating to plastic surgery (and a lot of unrelated stuff). If you like my blog, let me know. Thanks for reading! Lisa

Breast implant removal and breast lift – one of my favorite ways to spend a morning.

Seattle Plastic Surgeon warns women of a certain age:  Breast implants that made you look voluptuous 20 years ago may  be making you look matronly today. 

I think she has crossed the line to matronly. Implant removal and a breast lift can take a lot of bulk off the chest and years off the postmenopausal figure.

 Recently I have had several ladies come in with implants that are no longer enhancing their figures.  These ladies are all  several years postmenopausal and even without overall weight gain, have added a cup size or two to their chests.  This is often how weight redistributes after menopause.  Don’t ask me why.  It just happens. 

In these cases, it is often beneficial to remove the breast implants and do a breast lift.  Many, many of these patients have enough breast tissue to leave them with a B, C or even D cup.  And to think that they started out flat chested so many years ago!  Crazy, huh?

Doing implant removal and a lift unloads the chest and makes the torso look much slimmer (much the way a breast reduction does in a lady who carries some extra weight around the middle).  These patients are often just thrilled to look slimmer and have their breast be “the real thing” after having implants for so many years. 

Also, since implants don’t last forever, removing them provides a lot of peace of mind.  Very few ladies over 60 relish having a new set of implants and then thinking about another new set at 80!

Now if I could just figure out a cure for the postmenopausal weight redistribution, I could retire and buy that little island in the Caribbean. 

Oh, never mind.  I love my job and I’m sure I would be bored to death.

Thanks for reading.  Dr. Lisa Lynn Sowder


Category: Aging Issues, Breast Contouring, Breast Implant Removal, Breast Implants, Breast Lift, Plastic Surgery | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

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