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Breast Implant Removal & Implant Illness

Can Breast Implants Make You Sick?

Getting breast implants often changes a person’s life for the better. But some people have suspected that their breast implants have made them ill with diseases such as:

  • lupus
  • scleroderma
  • sclerosis
  • Sjögren’s syndrome

There are no medical or scientific studies that clearly demonstrate a connection between breast implants (neither saline nor silicone) and the above-mentioned conditions or other symptoms sometimes referred to as Breast Implant Illness. These include generalized pain, fatigue, chronic headaches, brain fog.

There has been a link demonstrated between implants and a very rare condition called breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). This has only been found in women who received textured implants, is extremely rare, and not the same thing as the generalized symptoms decribed above.

Removing Breast Implants

If you wish to have your breast implants removed for any reason, we can help. Sometimes with breast explant surgery, only the implants are removed and the incision closed. This is the simplest procedure with the quickest recovery.

Women often choose to combine an implant removal with a mastopexy or breast lift procedure to improve the shape of their breasts.

We can also remove the implants and the surrounding capsule. This can be done for many reasons, one of which is a capsular contracture or thickening/hardening of the capsule. An en bloc removal with capsulectomy means that the implant and capsule is attempted to be removed as a single unit to avoid spillage of ruptured implant material. This is always preferable if possible, but often the capsule tears or is too thin for en-bloc resection and is therefore removed in pieces.

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En bloc implant removal and capsulectomy

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En bloc implant removal with piecemeal capsulectomy

After implant removal, the cavity or pocket is irrigated with antibiotic solution and then cauterized to eliminate any residual capsule and improve tissue adherance.

If you need a North Carolina breast implant removal or are coming from out-of-state, Dr. Zannis can help you.

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