Patients may desire elective breast implant removal and this can be accomplished with or without capsule excision (capsulectomy). The desire for explanation can be for personal reasons or to deal with later issues surrounding the appearance of your implants. In the asymptomatic patient, this can be safely performed without direct capsule excision.
Explanting symptomatic implants with capsule excision is a more extensive procedure with greater risks of bleeding, infection, pain or numbness, and visible compromise of the breast appearance. This procedure requires drain placement to protect the patient from unwanted fluid accumulation. Your discomfort after surgery is greater. You will have your excised capsule tissue sent to a pathologist. You will be billed separately by the pathologist and laboratory.
Patients may or may not experience health improvement after explantation.
The Allergan textured implants that have been withdrawn from the U.S. market appear to be associated with a rare immune tumor called BIA-ALCL. Dr. Raskin does not currently use Allergan implants. Please visit the ASPS website to examine this development.