In recent years, reports of breast implants potentially causing health problems in some individuals have come to light with increasing media attention. Breast implant illness (BII) is a constellation of health symptoms attributed to an inflammatory reaction triggered in some patients to breast implants. Our practice is committed to safety and we have extensive experience performing explant surgery with and without breast lifts. Our plastic surgeons have completed over 200 explant surgeries this past year alone. We have embarked on our own research and analysis of data in an effort to elucidate what the problem is or where the problem lies. While further scientific research is needed on the connection between breast implants and systemic illnesses, Atlanta Plastic and Reconstructive Specialists is committed to helping all breast augmentation patients — both new patients and those previously treated — who are unhappy with their implants, including those who believe their health symptoms are related to BII.
The plastic surgeons at Atlanta Plastic and Reconstructive Specialists meet with each patient individually to discuss their concerns regarding their breasts. While there is no diagnostic testing specific to BII, our plastic surgeons take patients’ concerns very seriously and do their utmost to help women restore their health and wellbeing. Listening and understanding is a priority. Possible symptoms of BII include (but are not limited to) the following:
There are several approaches to breast explantation. We strive to meet the highest standards of care by performing detailed clinical exams and full medical inquiries. We want each patient to be as healthy as possible for the upcoming surgery. The first method involves simply removing the implant, while the second method removes the implant and capsule that holds the implant. A third method is the en bloc technique. En bloc essentially means “as one” and it involves removing the implant while it is still inside the capsule, so the two are removed as one. The en bloc technique is the preferred choice for many women experiencing BII symptoms because it does not disrupt the capsule or implant and because it minimizes the risk of contamination in the body due to fluids or material left behind by the implant or capsule. We ALWAYS approach each explant with an en bloc technique as our first approach to explantation.
Breast explant surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia. APRS manages a unique, fully accredited surgery center of explant excellence, having cared for hundreds of explant patients with a board certifed anesthesiologist always present for one-to-one care. Incisions are usually made along the lower fold of the breast, or around the areola. In some cases, breast lift is performed to address loose skin that stretched out to accommodate the implant. Returning your breast to a beautiful shape is important and takes experience. Other techniques (e.g., breast reduction, fat transfer to the breast) can be performed to create an aesthetically pleasing shape and appearance after breast implant removal.
Once the breast implant and capsule have been removed, the body will begin a detoxification process, which our team monitors carefully. Drains will be put in place to prevent fluid accumulation (seroma) and discourage the formation of another capsule. The drains also help the breasts return to their original shape.
To learn more about breast implant illness or breast explant surgery, contact Atlanta Plastic and Reconstructive Specialists today. Trust your explant to the experience of our surgeons.