Introduction to Breast Implant Removal

At our practice in Newport Beach, breast implant removal is a procedure done by Dr. Michael J. Sundine for patients who want to remove their breast implants for different reasons. Below, we’ve included information about the procedure. If you have any questions, please contact us. We look forward to beginning this journey with you!

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What is Breast Implant Removal?

There are many women who have breast implants that present with a broad array of systemic complaints such as joint pain, hair loss, fatigue, cognitive dysfunction (brain fog, memory loss), aching muscles, dryness throughout the body, skin rashes, recurring infections, gastrointestinal and digestive issues, problems with the thyroid and adrenals. This constellation of symptoms and the presence of breast implants have been described as breast implant illness (BII). To date, there is no specific test that can be performed to diagnose breast implant illness.

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What is An En-bloc Capsulectomy?

An en-bloc capsulectomy essentially involves the removal of the capsule and breast implant intact in an effort to remove all of the silicone material without any further exposure to the body.

The simple answer is not always. Patients need to understand some there are some technical limitations in the ability to perform an en-bloc capsulectomy. In order to completely remove the implant without opening the capsule, a wide exposure is required. This means that likely a larger incision will be required to remove the implant and capsule than was necessary to place the implant. If the initial implant was through an incision around the areola or in the axilla (armpit) and en-bloc capsulectomy will likely not be able to be performed using the initial incision. There are other technical considerations where the capsule is adherent to nerves or where the capsule is adherent to the chest wall with the possible collapse of the lung and in such cases, a segment of the capsule may have to be left behind.

Do You Perform an En-bloc Capsulectomy Procedure?

We absolutely perform an en-bloc capsulectomy as shown above. The implant on the right shows the capsule opened with the implant within the capsule. Dr. Sundine has been performing breast implant removal with total capsulectomy since 1992.

Are Other Procedures Needed?

Following removal of the implant and capsulectomy, your breasts will be deflated and the skin may be loose. May patients will require a mastopexy (breast lift) to lift the nipple-areola complex and also to tighten the skin. Some patients may want to improve the projection and we perform this using a circum-mammary ligament repair along with the addition of fat grafting to the breast.

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Breast Implant Removal Procedure

Procedures are performed at either an outpatient surgery center or a hospital. Patients get one dose of intravenous antibiotics preoperatively. Postoperative antibiotics are typically not given. In the vast majority of cases, a drain is not used. In rare instances, a drain may be used. Dr. Sundine uses absorbable sutures and they will not need to be removed. We typically perform the procedures under general anesthesia although it could be performed using local anesthesia with sedation. We only use board-certified anesthesiologists.

Is Breast Implant Removal Covered by Insurance?

We have had cases where there was a documented breast implant rupture (by MR scan, ultrasound, or mammogram) associated with a capsular contracture where the procedure was covered by the patient’s insurance. This coverage varies widely and you can check with your insurance company whether the procedure will be covered.

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If you’d like to schedule a consultation for breast implant removal in Newport Beach with Dr. Michael J. Sundine please contact us today. During your consultation, Dr. Sundine will answer all questions and provide his expert recommendations. We look forward to beginning this journey with you!

Professional Memberships:

American Society of Plastic Surgeons
American College of Surgeons-Fellow
American Academy of Pediatrics-Fellow
International Society of Craniofacial Surgeons
American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons
American Cleft Palate- Craniofacial Association
American Association of Pediatric Plastic Surgeons
California Society of Plastic Surgeons
Orange County Society of Plastic Surgeons
American Association of Plastic Surgery

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  • "Extremely Qualified"

    I was referred to Dr Sundine by the Pelican Hill Resort while I was a guest there and I suffered serious facial injuries from a mountain biking incident. Dr Sundine and his staff were concerned and caring and extremely qualified. the work performed by Dr Sundine on my face is simpl astounding. I was so impressed with the quality of care and results I received that I have had additional voluntary facila work performed by Dr Sundine. My wife and some friends have also become patients of Dr Sundine's with the same results. It is a difficult decision to entrust someone to repair and maintain one's appearance. I trust Dr Sundine.
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  • "Thanks, Dr. Sundine!"

    After much research and multiple visits to other surgeons, I knew right away that Dr. Sundine was the perfect choice for me. He is gentle and kind and genuinely listens to you. I felt completely confident in his ability from the first visit to the last. Even the day of the procedure, he spent ample time talking to me, taking measurements, and making marks on my body so as to get the perfect results. I have been singing his praises to all of my friends and will recommend him to anyone searching for a plastic surgeon. Thanks, Dr. Sundine!
     

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  • "Excellent Plastic Surgeon!"

    Dr. Sundine is an excellent plastic surgeon! I have been using his services for almost 5 years. The office setting is state of the art and his office manager Toni makes sure that everything runs efficiently. They really listen to your needs before and after surgery to make certain that you walk out fully satisfied. If you want to look years younger and fully refreshed I highly recommend that you use his services. This is not your typical Newport Beach plastic surgeon’s office. Patients walk out looking naturally gorgeous, not overdone like some of the women in Orange County! The office offers a full range of injectables, peels, and lasers in addition to major cosmetic surgery procedures. Whether you need a little tweak or surgery this is the physician that you should see!
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  • "You are the Best Surgeon!"

    Dr. Sundine is the best plastic surgeon. Dr. Sundine’s excellent skills and knowledge has made my surgery turn out so well. But more importantly, it made me feel better about myself. Again, thank you Dr. Sundine for all you have done for me. You are the best surgeon!
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