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Breast Implant Removal in Rockford, IL

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Breast Implant Illness can arise from either saline or silicone implants, encompassing a range of symptoms linked to toxicity, immune responses, autoimmune responses, neurological issues, endocrine disruptions, and metabolic imbalances.

Proper removal of your breast implants stands as a pivotal step toward reclaiming your well-being. If you possess silicone or textured implants and are not currently experiencing signs of Breast Implant-Related Health Concerns, it's possible that your implants might carry contamination within the capsule, which could lead to health complications down the road. The removal of both the breast implant and the capsule is medically referred to as a capsulectomy. In this procedure, the surgeon eliminates both the breast implants and the scar tissue capsule enveloping them.

Beyond addressing breast implant-related health concerns, there are various other reasons to consider a capsulectomy during the process of implant removal. Allowing scar tissue capsules to remain within the chest can induce discomfort, systemic inflammation, interference with radiological examinations, infections, calcification, perpetuation of symptoms, swelling of lymph nodes, and the continuation of autoimmune reactions and toxic effects, even subsequent to the implants themselves being removed. Many women have had to receive secondary surgeries to address lingering scar tissue capsules that were not extracted during the initial implant removal, a necessary step towards achieving full recovery.

Upon the successful removal of the implants and capsule tissue, you may observe a reduction in certain symptoms. Nonetheless, some symptoms could persist or resurface until your body completes a detoxification and healing process, which generally takes place over a span of one to two years. The majority of symptomatic women who undergo a Capsulectomy and implant removal report significant recovery within one to two years after the procedure, although individual healing timelines can vary. Unfortunately, there are instances where complete health restoration might not be achievable due to prolonged periods of implant exposure, resulting in entrenched autoimmune responses, silicone ruptures leading to contamination, or the development of severe ailments linked to saline or silicone implants. At PryorHealth, we recognize the critical importance of performing these procedures carefully and expertly, offering our patients the best possible opportunity for a successful health resurgence.

Supplemental Post-Capsulectomy Procedures

Following their capsulectomy Rockford patients may have to decide how to deal with certain issues, such as sagging due to the deflation of breast volume and extra skin from having implants. There are options for women who are undergoing breast explant surgery but still wish to have volume in their breasts. Usually, these supplemental procedures will be performed during the same surgery as your capsulectomy. This reduces unnecessary multiple procedures and downtime. Some of the restorative procedures available to you during your capsulectomy include:

Fat Transfer

Fat transfer is a procedure that is rapidly gaining popularity where plastic surgeons use fat grafting to replace the volume in your breast. This is typically done by using liposuction to remove fat from a donor area in your body (such as the buttocks, abdomen, thighs, or hips) and then insert it into the breast implant tissue pocket.

Fat transfer is the ideal solution for women who wish to keep their size but have a more natural augmentation than implants. Because the augmentation is done using your own fat, it feels just like a breast without implants. While there are some limitations to the size of augmentation that can be done via fat grafting, the result is a full, natural shape without any potential for ruptures or leakage in the future.

Breast Lift

Sometimes, women who have had breast implants for a while decide that they would like to go back to their original size, or just have the implants removed for health or safety reasons. If you wish to have an explant, you can also have a breast lift or mastopexy. This surgery is performed to take out excess skin and reposition the nipple and areola. This restores nipple placement and eliminates sagging while returning your breasts to their natural size. There will be some scarring from the breast lift procedure, but the doctors at PryorHealth are experts at minimizing these scars and hiding them in places that maximize your fashion options.

Your surgeon will work with you during your consultation to tailor your surgery plan to your specifications to make sure you love your final results.

Recovery following Breast Implant Removal

Breast implant removal through a capsulectomy is generally an outpatient procedure that requires general anesthesia. You will not have to stay in the hospital overnight, but you will need to have transportation arrangements made so that someone will be there to drive you home following your procedure, as you will not be allowed to leave the hospital under your own power.

Your breasts may be wrapped in a compression garment or bandage after your procedure. Any drains will be removed about a week following your visit. You can expect your breasts and chest area to be tender and swollen for a few weeks. There will likely be some swelling for the first month after your surgery.

For at least three weeks, you should avoid any activities like strenuous exercises that increase blood pressure, especially in the upper body. Try to limit the use of your arms and chest for two to six weeks.

You can expect your scars to fade over time into thin lines. If you experience any bleeding or infection in the breast area, be sure to consult your doctor. We will go over all the details during your consultation and following your surgery.

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Other Complications That Could Lead to a Capsulectomy

Sometimes, the need for breast implant removal through a capsulectomy is not solely due to the normal aging of the implant, or the complications that are arise from a rupture or capsular contracture. It can also be due to Breast Implant Illness (BII) or Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) or Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) in the capsule around breast implants. As part of your consultation, your surgeon will be able to discuss these potential complications with you in more detail, but if you have implants, there are some things you need to know about these issues.

When it comes to breast implant removal patients who are growing out of implants or simply desire a new look may also opt for a capsulectomy without experiencing Breast Implant Illness symptoms. Sometimes, breast implants shift. Breast implant removal is needed to readjust or replace the implants.

Pregnancy, breastfeeding, and aging can change the appearance of the breast, and women may opt for breast implant removal. Women may also experience a change in cosmetic goals.


At PryorHealth, we place the utmost emphasis on your safety, well-being, and contentment. This commitment drives us to exclusively provide proven, cutting-edge cosmetic treatments and techniques, ensuring remarkable outcomes while minimizing downtime.

When you choose PryorHealth for procedures like a capsulectomy or any other treatment, you can expect to receive the highest level of care, professionalism, and regard that you rightfully deserve. Call us today to arrange a consultation and determine whether a capsulectomy aligns with your needs.

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