Getting breast implants is still the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure, but a growing number of women are choosing to go in the opposite direction. Doctors say more and more women want to go back to their normal size after breast surgery .
When Amy Wys had breast augmentation surgery it was trendy. “At the time, I was early 20s and that was the thing. Big fake breasts,” she says.
Now, 15 years later, the 39-year-old mother says the look and the back problems that come with it, no longer fit her lifestyle.She decided to have what’s called an explant.
“I just wanted to go back to something more natural,” she explains.
Plastic Surgeon Dr. Lisa Cassileth says a growing number of patients over 30 are reducing the size of their implants, even taking them out.
“There’s that natural desire to be super sexy in your 20s and be very attractive,” she says. “Whereas your 40s, you get a little more practical, you’re trying to be healthy, you’re trying to workout.”
Celebrities like Sharon Osbourne and Victoria Beckham have been open about having explants. Dr. Cassileth says more women are thinking about their future.
“Because an implant only lasts for 10, 15 years. So these women are now looking ahead and saying wow ,I’ve got an implant in, I gotta have to have two, three more procedures in my lifetime,” she says.
Amy says she’s’ more comfortable now in her own body. ” I’m so happy. I think I look much better in my clothes, much more natural,” she adds.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, more than 290,000 women got breast implants last year.