San Diego Breast Implant Removal & Illness

San Diego Plastic Surgery | La Jolla Plastic Surgery & Dermatology™

Dr. Richard Chaffoo is a triple board-certified plastic surgeon operating with the La Jolla Plastic Surgery & Dermatology™ center. Together with board-certified dermatologist Dr. Susan Stuart, they provide residents of San Diego and La Jolla with access to high-quality breast implant removal and revision.

Breast Implant Removal & Illness

For many patients, implants are an exciting and beautiful addition to the body when you first get them. However, they are not meant to be permanent, so when it comes time to replace or renew them, some consider the options of removing them altogether.

Some patients find that their body has changed naturally over time, causing the implants to no longer suit their figure or aesthetic desires. Others may have experienced or had concerns regarding Breast Implant Illness or complications like capsular contracture.

Breast implant removal, also known as explant surgery, allows patients to go back to a more natural breast with no implants. It is very popular to combine this with another enhancement treatment, such as a breast lift or augmentation with fat transfer to help preserve the shape and laxity of the breast tissue.

Patients who have had implants for some time may find that their breasts will not immediately go back to their normal size as they may have stretched or formed to the implant. Other things, like scar tissue, can impact the way your breasts look after implant removal.

What is Breast Implant Illness (BII)?

If you have implants or have been looking into getting breast augmentation with implants, you may have come across Breast Implant Illness or BII. This is a term used by patients and doctors alike to refer to issues that can arise in relation to breast implants.

Unlike known risks and complications that may occur, such as rupture, deflation, or painful scar tissue, BII often refers to a range of symptoms that can affect many other areas of the body including physical and mental health.

How Do I Know I Have BII?

If you suspect your recently placed implants are giving you issues unlike the traditional concerns you are warned of, you should contact your plastic surgeon right away. Patients of Dr. Chaffoo are invited to call our office as soon as symptoms arise so they can discuss the possibility of it being BII. Signs can include:

  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Memory and concentration problems
  • Breathing problems
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Rashes and skin ailments
  • Anxiety, depression, and low confidence
  • Headaches; and
  • Gastrointestinal problems

What is Breast Implant Removal Procedure Like?

The procedure for explant surgery is nearly the same as the original procedure, only in reverse. Like breast augmentation, the type of changes unique to each patient will affect the techniques and approaches used to successfully complete the procedure, but they will more or less mimic the same steps.

Your surgery will use the same incision sites to remove the implants whenever possible to reduce additional scarring. Depending on your needs and requests, you’ll be under local or general anesthesia to ensure a comfortable procedure.

Once the implants are removed, your surgeon may then perform a breast lift to trim away any loose, excess skin, if you desire. Other patients opt to have their implants replaced or changed, which can be done after or in conjunction with an explanation.

Who is a Good Candidate for Breast Implant Removal Surgery?

When patients first get their breast implants, they should consider the fact that all implants have a shelf life and they will eventually need to be replaced or removed. Ideal candidates for removal surgery are those who feel they are no longer satisfied with the look or feel of their breast implants.

Some may notice their breasts have gotten even bigger or changed shape with body fluctuations or weight gains, so the implants may no longer be necessary for their desired body contour. Patients who have BII or suffer other complications, like a rupture, may require removal surgery. In some cases, they can be exchanged or supplemented with another augmentation procedure, such as fat transfer.

Why Choose Dr. Chaffoo For Your Explant Surgery

In many cases, especially with patients who have had implants for many years or decades, going back to their original surgeon may not be an option. This could be due to location, changes in their practice, or simply a desire to find a new surgeon with different qualifications.

At La Jolla Plastic Surgery & Dermatology™ we understand the importance of working with a trustworthy team of professionals that provides you knowledgeable information and a comfortable environment.

Dr. Richard Chaffoo is a triple board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive training and experience in body contouring, breast enhancements, and explant surgery procedures. Residents of the San Diego and La Jolla areas will find our state-of-the-art facility offers a range of treatment options to help you feel beautiful and confident.

San Diego Plastic Surgeon, Dr Richard Chaffoo


Dr. Chaffoo

Triple board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Chaffoo provides exceptional results and patient care.

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Come visit Dr. Stuart & Dr. Chaffoo and let us help you achieve the spectacular look you deserve!

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