Explant - Breast Implant Removal

The symptoms of Breast Implant Illness vary greatly from person to person. It is however agreed that Breast Implant Illness is an ongoing period of illness that affects the body, with this illness being caused by silicone or saline breast implants.

While the symptoms of Breast Implant Illness can vary greatly due to each person’s original state of wellbeing and other specific health differences, the type of breast implants that have been used can greatly affect the progression of the illness.

Some of the more common symptoms of Breast Implant Illness include cognitive dysfunction, ongoing fatigue, muscle and joint pain, hair loss and most alarming, recurring infections and issues with adrenal and thyroid function, as well as endocrine glands dysfunction.

Due to most body systems being affected by Breast Implant Illness, the symptoms essentially relate to the broader issue of toxicity – immune dysfunction that can eventually lead to immune failure. Because of the domino effect of Breast Implant Illness upon the overall health of the patient systematic autoimmune diseases, endocrine dysfunction, neurological and metabolic symptoms can be evident.

Breast Implant Illness can cause such a wide a variety of symptoms because the large foreign objects (implants) can essentially overwhelm the immune system. It is this domino reaction that directly causes dangerous immune system dysfunction and autoimmune symptoms.

When our immune system is compromised opportunistic bacteria can flourish, causing serious infections in our body that produce large amounts of bio-toxins which overload our organs. This situation requires immediate and urgent medical attention.

A timely and proper explant (removal) of the breast implants and the capsule tissue that grows around the breast implant is the most crucial step to your recovery from Breast Implant Illness.

As soon as the implants and surrounding tissue is properly and thoroughly removed, the chances are you will likely notice a reduction or clearing of some or all Breast Implant Illness symptoms.

Many women who were symptomatic of Breast Implant Illness who had undergone Breast Explant surgery report they feel that they have recovered their health within one to two years after removal of implants. However, some women report it may take longer to heal. Unfortunately, there are other women who feel they have never fully recovered their health or quality of life after the explant surgery.

The main reason patients undergo an explant surgery is for the removal of a breast implant. This is most commonly done due to capsular contracture – or leakage and rupture of the breast implant that can cause Breast Implant Illness.

Once Breast Implant Illness has been diagnosed, regardless of the type of implant used, the sooner you are treated, the better. All faulty breast implants can potentially impair our immune system once the shell of the implant deteriorates; releasing toxins that allow contamination to occur in our body. In the vast majority of cases, Breast Implant Illness is treated with surgery.


A Capsulectomy is the surgical removal of the capsule that surrounds the breast implant. Regardless of the implant type, all breast implants have the ability to impair our immune system if the silicone shell deteriorates releasing toxins and allowing contamination to enter our body.


A Closed Capsulotomy refers to a procedure where the surgeon breaks down capsule tissue while leaving the implant in place using vigorous compression. The capsule of the surrounding tissue of a breast implant is surgically removed.

Q. How long does Breast Implant Removal Surgery take?

A. This operation can take as little as an hour. The procedure provides little to no pain after the surgery that is definitely tolerable for the vast majority of women.
Most women claim that breast enhancement surgery as a far more difficult recovery period compared to breast implant removal. As with any surgery, recovery depends on how experienced your surgeon is and if care of the wound is correctly adhered to after the procedure.

Q. How Safe Is the Procedure?

A. There is little to nothing to worry about, as this procedure is safe. The surgeon will perform it while you are under anaesthesia or complete sedation. An anaesthesiologist monitors your vital signs all throughout the entire length of the procedure.
During the recovery phase, a long-acting local anaesthetic drug is administered, so that you are as comfortable and painless as possible.

Q. What Happens After The Procedure?

A. After the actual breast implant removal, the next phase is recovery. Pain is minimal. The incision is also comfortable because of the anaesthetic. The incision generally takes up to a week, or two to heal. It is recommended to wear loose clothing for at least a week or two.

Q. Are There Any Complications With a Breast Implant Removal?

A. There are little-known cases of complications when it comes to this type of procedure. The most common, though minor complication is bleeding, tenderness and infections, though this is rare.

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