A Certified Plastic Surgeon is Key in Removals & Enhancements

Last Updated: March 22, 2013

Recently three prominent women made the news not for having breast augmentation surgery, but for having their implants removed.

These cases highlight the need not just to choose a qualified surgeon for the initial enhancement procedure, but also to maintain a relationship with that doctor or an equally experienced physician after the surgery.

Prominent Breast Implant Removals

Heather Morris, a young member of the cast of the television musical comedy "Glee" had her implants taken out after suffering ongoing soreness in her chest. Fashion maven Victoria Beckham, chose implant removal in order to breast feed her baby, an issue many young women who have enhancement surgery do not consider.

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It is important to remember that the same criteria for choosing a physician board certified in plastic surgery applies to implant removal as to their placement.

In the case of talk show host, Sharon Osbourne, the implants were leaking. Osbourne awakened one morning to find her chest misshapen and immediately sought the advice of a surgeon who said the implants had to come out. Osbourne spoke openly on her daytime show "The Talk" about the frightening nature of the incident.

Why Women Opt for Implant Removal

Many women who had breast augmentation while in their 20s are electing to have the implants removed in their 30s and 40s because their bodies have changed and they are no longer satisfied with their appearance. A trimmer silhouette is also now considered to be more attractive, and some women feel they made overly ambitious choices with their implant surgeries.

Breast augmentation was the number one cosmetic procedure in America in 2011, according to data compiled by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, with approximately 307,000 surgeries performed. But, rather than being considered a "forever" change, many women are now treating their implants as something to enjoy for a time and then to be removed.

Granted, most people would regard implants as an extreme "accessory," and celebrities are much more financially able to play the "in and out" game than the average consumer. Medical insurance rarely, if ever will pay benefits on breast augmentation, and only on breast reduction when there is a demonstrable medical benefit.

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Regardless of the desire for enhancement or reduction, the first step in any plastic surgery procedure is finding a doctor specifically certified and qualified in the field.

Qualified Physicians are Essential

It is important to remember that the same criteria for choosing a physician board certified in plastic surgery applies to implant removal as to their placement. Even if the original incision lines are used to open the chest to take the implants out, patients want to know they will experience minimal scarring and enjoy a rapid and successful recovery.

Reversals Extend to Other Procedures

The cosmetic surgery reversal trend is not just limited to breast enhancements. Actress Lisa Rinna publicly detailed her lip reduction procedure, and admitted her lips had been overly enhanced to the point of receiving negative attention. Since many lip augmentations are accomplished with injectable fillers, it is even more imperative to work with a qualified physician who knows how to safely counteract the effect, or facial deformity can result.

Regardless of the desire for enhancement or reduction, the first step in any plastic surgery procedure is finding a doctor specifically certified and qualified in the field. This is not just a matter of successfully managing your appearance, but of responsibly tending to your health.

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