Breast implant illness is a term used to describe symptoms that some patients develop after having breast augmentation surgery with breast implants. This can occur with any type of breast implant and affects how well the body can fight off infection. While the risk of contracting it is low, at Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery, we explain what breast implant illness is with our patients. Board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. James Romanelli and Dr. John Layliev have helped patients who have developed breast implant illness in Long Island, NY to restore their health with breast implant removal.
Symptoms of breast implant illness
Symptoms can vary from patient to patient, but seven common breast implant illness symptoms include:
Joint and muscle pain
These symptoms can appear at any time after implant surgery. Some Long Island, NY patients experience them right away, while others don’t experience them until years later. The removal of breast implants at Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery improves or resolves these symptoms.
Who is the ideal candidate for medically necessary breast implant removal?
Implant removal surgery can fix many problems that someone who has had breast augmentation experiences, including breast implant illness, capsular contracture, implant malfunction, or unhappiness with their appearance. Whatever the reason, Dr. Romanelli and Dr. Layliev can perform breast implant removal in Huntington, NY.
How does breast implant removal surgery work?
First, we administer anesthesia, either intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. Next, an incision is made under the lower fold of the breast, or around or below the areola. The reason for removal and the type of breast implants will determine the technique we use to remove the implant. We also take care to remove any scar tissue as it can cause discomfort and affect breast size. After removal, we will close the incisions. Patients sometimes notice indentations in their breast after surgery. This depends on how much scar tissue is produced around the breast implants. Some patients choose to have a breast lift in conjunction with breast implant removal surgery.
Recovery from breast implant removal
Recovery will vary for each patient. At Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery, we give our patients in Long Island, NY specific post-procedure directions to follow for the best results. You may have drains that you go home with that help remove excess fluid. For the first few weeks after surgery, you may experience some swelling and bruising. Compression garments can help. You will see results about four months after surgery. Healing from breast implant illness will vary depending on the initial symptoms, current health, and any potential autoimmune disorders you have. Our team can guide you throughout the entire recovery process to ensure you have the best possible healing.
Learn more about the reasons for medically necessary breast implant removal
At Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery, our board-certified plastic surgeons, Dr. James Romanelli and Dr. John Layliev, understand the seriousness of breast implant illness. If you suspect that you have breast implant illness or you simply want to remove your breast implants for another reason, please contact our Huntington, NY office to schedule an appointment to discuss your concerns.