My messages have been BLOWING UP with questions about my explant surgery (and lift) and I didn’t have all the answers LOL. So I couldn’t WAIT to have my amazing surgeon on! Selfishly, this episode is as much for ME as it is for YOU! 🙂
Dr. Ricky Brown is a highly skilled plastic surgeon with over a decade of experience in his field. As an expert plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Brown is dedicated to helping others feel confident in their own skin.
There were a number of reasons why I chose Dr. Ricky Brown – he cared SO much, was super thorough and patient with me, this was his specialty, he had MY best interests in mind and at heart, I felt seen, heard, and understood – and more. Plus, maybe MOST importantly, he was the ONLY surgeon I consulted with who didn’t tell me I HAD to replace my implants…that actually, if I thought I ever might remove them, why not now?
Who Should Consider Removing Their Implants?
If you’re happy with them, you don’t feel sick, and you’re having no issues, you could and should just leave them alone 🙂 BUT if you’re getting work ups and weird labs, strange symptoms, and believe in your gut and in your heart that it is from your implants, you COULD consider taking the risk to remove them in hopes you MIGHT feel better…but the feel better part is not promised. There is currently no way to test or prove that implants are for sure causing anything. So even if you remove them, there is a chance it does NOT fix anything.
Are Saline and Silicone Implants Both Bad for BII?
Even if you have saline implants, they are in a silicone shell. So technically you always have silicone implants (although saline implants ARE much cleaner of a rupture for your body!) There is no difference between the two! AND, there is actually no scientific answer for this. BUT, regardless of the material that it is, it is still seen as a foreign object inside your body which is what is causing the inflammatory response referred to as BII.
Do You Have to Have A Lift with Explant Surgery?
No. Not always. It varies from patient to patient and mainly depends on a few things like the size, integrity of the skin, and desired final result. MOST women (especially in midlife) would be best served with an anchor point lift like I had. This way they can tighten and lift both horizontally and vertically, and adjust the nipple as necessary. It’s always something you can do LATER!
What Is Breast “Fluffing” After Augmentation?
Fluffing is basically scar remodeling. Scars can actually take a full year to remodel from collagen production. Before they are finished remodeling themselves, your surrounding muscles are rather tight and can cause some rippling of the skin, etc. However once they are relaxed, massaged, and remodeled, the breasts will gradually soften and settle.
About Dr. Ricky Brown
Dr. Richard (Ricky) Brown is a highly skilled plastic surgeon with over a decade of experience in his field. As an expert plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Brown is dedicated to helping others feel confident in their own skin.
A native of Atlanta, he earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia. Before attending medical school in Chicago, Dr. Brown developed an interest in surgery while working as an orderly cleaning up operating rooms at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta. He was eventually able to observe many surgeries, and the more he saw performed, the more he knew he wanted to become a surgeon.
He earned his medical degree from The Chicago Medical School. Dr. Brown first came to appreciate the specialty of plastic and reconstructive surgery during his general surgery training at one of Chicago’s inner city hospitals. He saw the power of plastic surgery in changing and restoring lives after trauma.
Working with plastic surgery residents there, he conducted innovative research on the topic of scarring and wound healing. During that time, he wrote papers that were published in one of the top plastic surgery journals, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. After completing medical school, he attended Northwestern University to complete his General Surgery residency.
Dr. Brown went on to become certified by the American Board of Surgery in General Surgery and complete his residency training in the field of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in Omaha. He now has board certifications in both general surgery and plastic surgery.
In this episode, we discuss:
- Why implants are making people sick
- The effects of implants on autoimmune diseases
- Is having an explant right for you?
- How a rupture can effect your liver and other organs
- What is the biofilm theory