More than 400,000 women and teenagers undergo breast implant augmentation surgeries every year, 75% of them for augmentation of healthy breasts and 25% for reconstruction after mastectomy. 1 The vast majority of these procedures are successful and show no symptoms of Breast Implant Illness (also known as “BII”).

However, a small percentage of surgeries do result in BII, which can be linked with different problems associated with their implants. These may include, but are not limited to:

  • Breast and body pain
  • Fatigue
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Lymphoma
  • Difficulty concentrating

Some women who undergo breast augmentation surgery experience certain changes in their bodies over time that make them feel unsure about their implants, or physically ill.

If you find yourself experiencing these symptoms, Dr. Orloff and Dr. Swistun at Burbank Plastic Surgery can evaluate your situation, and, if needed, perform safe breast implant removal surgeries that will help keep you well and looking great.

What do I do if I think I have a breast illness problem?

At Burbank Plastic Surgery, we treat every patient as an individual, taking care to address the unique needs and histories of every person. If you have a breast illness problem, or suspect you have breast implant illness, we urge you to make an appointment with us. A personal evaluation with one of our doctors allows you the opportunity to describe your situation and symptoms to a caring doctor, receive a focused examination, and then be part of developing a plan of care especially for you.

If you’re suffering from breast implant illness, call 818 848-0590 to schedule a consultation, or click here to set up an appointment.

If I got breast implants today, will they cause a problem in the future?

Today’s breast implants are safer than they’ve ever been. Although no one can predict how your body will react to having a foreign object implanted, be it an artificial joint, a pacemaker, or a breast implant, should you believe you have a problem, there are treatment options. For an exam and diagnosis, contact us right away.

How does breast implant removal work?

There are several ways that we can help women who are suffering from BII. One treatment may include “en bloc” resection, which means removing the implant with the capsule around it intact. If this is not possible, a total capsulectomy is performed. That means taking out the capsule and tissue surrounding the implant in addition to all parts of the implant. The implants can be given back to the patient or sent off for further laboratory analysis. At Burbank Plastic Surgery, we can video or photograph the procedure upon request.

After the removal of the implants, patients have a choice of enhancing their breast appearance by having a breast lift. In some cases we can transfer your own fat tissue to your breast from other areas to increase volume.

Burbank Plastic Surgery’s Explantation Approach:

  • En Bloc removal of implant contained within capsule, whenever possible
  • Removal of all implant and capsule material piece by piece, if En Bloc not possible
  • Photography and/or videography
  • Fungal/mold/bacterial tissue analysis if appropriate
  • Microscopic (histologic) tissue analysis if appropriate

How safe is the procedure?

At Burbank Plastic Surgery, we focus on delivering optimal results while maximizing patient safety and facilitating the quickest recovery possible. Attentive patient evaluation allows us to tailor every procedure to your individual needs, which may range from implant removal only, to en-bloc capsule removals combined with breast lift and fat grafting. All surgeries are performed in an accredited surgery center adjacent to our offices which offer convenience and privacy.

Our comprehensive approach to Breast Implant Illness includes:

  • Thorough symptom evaluation and physical exam
  • Comprehensive blood testing if necessary
  • Imaging studies if necessary
  • Review of all options to safely remove your implants
  • Discussion of immediate and delayed options to optimize your breast shape and size after implant removal.

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