Explant - Breast Implant Removal

The Symptoms

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.

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