Breast Implant Illness and En Bloc Capsulectomy in Scottsdale

Breast implant illness (BII) is a loosely defined term for a condition affecting women who have developed a variety of symptoms after the placement of their breast implants. Although breast augmentation is the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure and is considered safe, the connection to breast implant illness symptoms is not well understood by researchers and doctors.

What are the signs and symptoms Breast Implant Illness?

Breast implant illness (BII) is not a currently recognized diagnosis and is sometimes referred to as autoimmune/inflammatory syndrome induced by adjuvants or ASIA. There are no currently recognized standards of diagnosis, but patients report a variety of symptoms. Symptoms include chronic fatigue and pain; depression, anxiety, and difficulty sleeping; skin irritation, rashes, and hair loss; gastrointestinal issues and other symptoms.

Although breast implant illness is not understood, there does not seem to be a direct correspondence to a particular type of implant. Silicone and saline implants can be effected, regardless of shape and texture. In many cases, patients have reported resolution of BII symptoms after the breast implants are removed.

What is Breast Implant Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL)?

Breast Implant Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) is a rare type of  cancer of the immune system that can occur in patients with textured breast implants. BIA-ALCL is not breast cancer, but can occur in women who have had reconstruction with textured implants following breast cancer, as well as women with no history of breast cancer.

Symptoms of BIA-ALCL include pain and swelling at the breast; breast enlargement or asymmetry; hardness, fluid collection, or developing a lump in the breast; and a skin rash over the breast. BIA-ALCL only affects patients with textured implants — not smooth implants.

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En Bloc Capsulectomy Breast Implant Removal

Why select Dr. Howarth for your En Bloc Capsulectomy Breast Implant Removal in Scottsdale?

Dr. Ashley Howarth is one of Arizona’s top female plastic surgeons for En Bloc Capsulectomy Breast Implant Removal, due to her compassionate manner, obsession with detail, and technical expertise. Dr. Howarth understands that breast implants are not perfect for all patients and some patients may choose implant removal.

During her consultation with you, Dr. Howarth will discuss with the En Bloc Capsulectomy Breast Implant Removal procedure. In an En Bloc Capsulectomy, the breast implant is removed with the surrounding intact capsule of scar tissue which formed around the implant. Although an en bloc capsulectomy is a more invasive implant removal option, it is the most advanced and complete technique for removing the intact scar tissue with the breast implant still inside. The en bloc capsulectomy implant removal is an advanced procedure that not all plastic surgeons perform. It is planned only after a thorough consultation and planning with Scottsdale plastic surgeon Dr. Howarth.


What is a En Bloc Capsulectomy Breast Implant Removal?

En Bloc Capsulectomy Defined

“En bloc” means as a whole, and “capsulectomy” means surgical removal of the capsule. When a breast implant is placed, the surrounding breast tissue forms a natural capsule around the implant made of scar tissue. In an en bloc capsulectomy, the entire capsule and implant are removed as a whole intact.

En Bloc Capsulectomy for BIA-ALCL

En bloc capsulectomy is the recommended implant removal for Breast Implant Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma. Removing the capsule and breast implant intact ensures that the cancer cells are totally removed at the time of the surgery. En bloc capsulectomy is the most advanced technique for implant removal, and may require a longer incision for surgical access.

En Bloc Capsulectomy for Breast Implant Illness

Women considering removal of their breast implants due to breast implant illness symptoms, may consider either an en bloc capsulectomy or total capsulectomy. Although a plastic surgeon cannot guarantee resolution of BII symptoms, removal a capsulectomy can bring peace of mind.

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En Bloc Capsulectomy Consultation

What is the process for your En Bloc Capsulectomy consultation in Scottsdale?

To set up your consultation with Scottsdale plastic surgeon Dr. Ashley Howarth, simply request an appointment for an En Bloc Capsulectomy. At your consultation, Dr. Howarth will discuss with you your  reasons for implant removal and your desired goals. Dr. Howarth will review your medical history, examine your breasts, and answer your questions about the En Bloc Capsulectomy procedure.

How much does En Bloc Capsulectomy Implant Removal cost in Scottsdale?

At your consultation, Dr. Howarth will answer your clinical questions and concerns about breast implant illness or BIA-BLCL. Since each breast implant removal is different, each surgical plan varies. A fee estimate is provided only after a consultation and is provided by our financial coordinator. Without a consultation appointment, we do not provide estimates for how much an en bloc capsulectomy implant removal costs.

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Implant Removal Process

Am I a candidate for an En Bloc Capsulectomy?

Your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Howarth is your opportunity to discuss your reasons for wanting your breast implants removed and your history with breast implant illness or BIA-ALCL. First, candidates for en bloc capsulectomy breast implant removal should be in good overall health. Secondly,  patients should be at a stable weight. Finally, patients should have a desire to have their saline or silicone breast implants taken out with the surrounding scar capsule intact.

What should I expect during my implant removal surgery?

Your en bloc capsulectomy surgery is generally a single-day outpatient procedure that will take place under general anesthesia. We perform our surgeries a the Paradise Valley Cosmetic Surgery Center, which is conveniently located adjacent to our office.

The extent of the procedure depends on the surgical plan that was developed at your consultation.

What is recovery like after an En Bloc Capsulectomy?

Recovery from breast implant removal surgery takes several weeks, with most initial pain and soreness subsiding after several days. Your pain should be effectively managed with the pain management protocol provided by Dr. Howarth.

During the post-operative period, a patient should wear a sports bra to minimize and help control swelling. Also, it is recommended to avoid heavy exercise for 4-6 weeks following implant removal surgery.


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For Our Out of Town Patients

Considering traveling to Scottsdale for your plastic surgery? Many of our out of town patients have found the process very easy.  Located just twenty minutes from the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport (PHX), our office in Paradise Valley is a perfect location for destination plastic surgery.  We have partnered with local resorts to create the perfect surgical getaway.  Come visit Dr. Howarth and her team in Scottsdale where the sun shines over three hundred days a year!  To start the process, please request a consultation and let us know you will be traveling from out of state.

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