Breast Implant Removal
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Breast Implant Removal in Fargo, ND
Your body’s natural reaction to breast implants is to form scar tissue, which is known as a capsule, but does not result in any changes to the way your implants feel or look aesthetically. However, after undergoing breast augmentation surgery, some patients may experience the symptoms of “breast implant illness,” a general term for a range of symptoms including rash, fatigue, joint pain, hair loss, and ongoing flu-like symptoms. For those experiencing the symptoms of breast implant illness, breast implant removal surgery may be necessary to restore health.
Breast implant surgery can be done with or without capsulectomy (removal of the scar that forms around the implant). If the capsule is soft it may not require removal, however if the capsule is thick, tight, or uncomfortable then capsulectomy is the preferred choice. This is also necessary for patients with gel implant rupture to remove the leaking silicone. For patients with symptoms of “breast implant illness”, studies show that implant removal with or without capsulectomy have equal results for improving their symptoms.
Who is not a candidate for breast implant removal surgery with a total capsulectomy?
- Breast implant removal surgery with capsulectomy is the preferred method, however it may not be right for all patients. In some patient cases, total capsulectomy is not possible and the most common causes for this are that the capsule itself is too thin or delicate, or the capsule may be too tightly connected to the chest wall for it to be safely removed. In cases such as this, Dr. Adams will discuss options for the surgery during consultation.
How long is the recovery from breast implant removal surgery?
- Most patients are able to return home immediately following breast implant removal surgery. Any discomfort related to the breast implant removal is managed with prescription pain medication. The full recovery from your surgery will require several months, but many patients who have undergone breast implant removal surgery notice almost immediate relief from the symptoms of breast implant illness.