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Implants Gone Wrong

Learn about common problems with implants— and solutions— in Beverly Hills

Implants Gone Wrong

Learn about common problems with implants— and solutions— in Beverly Hills

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We routinely see women whose breast implants have “gone wrong” at Beverly Hills’ Cassileth Plastic Surgery. Problems can range from discomfort to a disfigured appearance.

When implants gone wrong affect your health, self-esteem, or lifestyle, you should not have to live with these issues. Breast specialists Dr. Lisa Cassileth and Dr. Kelly Killeen have the training, skill, and advanced technology to repair and correct your breasts into the breasts you have always wanted.

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Implants Gone Wrong

Hard Implants

If your implants feel increasingly firm or have moved from their original position, it’s not just uncomfortable, it’s a condition known as capsular contracture. Capsular contracture occurs in about 26.9 percent of implant cases. Capsular contracture will not resolve by itself or improve over time. Instead, it can become worse, causing one or both of your breasts to become deformed in appearance and cause you pain. Capsular contracture is ranked from mild (where the breast feels slightly firm) to severe (where the breast is pulled upward and feels very hard). Breast specialists Dr. Cassileth and Dr. Killeen will correct capsular contracture during breast implant removal or revision.

Placement Problems

A muscle flex deformity can occur after breast implant surgery. This causes the breast implants to move unnaturally with muscle movement. A flexion deformity can get worse over time, and it will continue to be a problem until it is fixed with surgery. Your treatment for a flexion deformity will depend on how your implants are reacting to movement. If your implants can float up to your collarbones, then the upper part of the pocket needs to be closed so that your implants are in a normal, lower position. If your flexing creates a divot or groove under the breast, the solution is to control the location of the muscle so it no longer allows the skin and breast to divot when flexed. Revision surgery or implant removal are ideal for correcting this problem..

Leaking or Ruptured Devices

Implants gone wrong can also stem from rupture or leakage. New symptoms of implant rupture include hardening, soreness, or firm spots next to your implant—all of which may be signs of leaking silicone devices. It is also important to know that there are often no symptoms for ruptured implants, so a rupture would only be discovered during a routine mammogram or ultrasound, and is best diagnosed with MRI. Regardless of the reaction, each patient has to address the rupture. For this type of breast implant revision, Dr. Cassileth and Dr. Killeen will remove ruptured implants and the capsules surrounding them to extract all free silicone. This procedure is called a capsulectomy.

Breast Implant Illness (BII)

After getting implants, some women experience fatigue, hypothyroidism, gastrointestinal problems, autoimmune symptoms, joint pain, and more. As a group, the Cassileth Plastic Surgery team is dedicated to working with these patients to uncover the underlying cause of the breast implant illness (BII). Our research shows that more than 50 percent of these patients carry biofilms, and specimens taken from these patients at the time of surgery are positive for different varieties of bacteria. Many of our patients with BII find that their symptoms improve after removal of their implants.