Breast Implant Illness & Removal

Dr. Whitfield is a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience performing breast revision and removal surgeries. As an Austin breast implant illness expert, Dr. Whitfield will listen to your concerns, take them seriously, and help you find the right solutions for your body.
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It’s not news to any woman that the medical profession has a less than stellar history when it comes to listening to women who come forward with medical issues.
Breast Implant Illness (BII) is relatively new to the medical community, but not to the women who have suffered from symptoms like brain fog, aches, pains, fatigue, memory loss, and other ailments now associated with this disease. As science tries to make sense of the data, Dr. Robert Whitfield is here to help you find the best options for treatment.

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What causes Breast Implant Illness?

Science has not determined a definitive cause of breast implant illness, but a leading theory attributes the symptoms to an immune system response to the addition of synthetic implants.
The theory posits that in some women, the implants provoke an immune system response, and the symptoms are the body’s way of attempting to combat the foreign object. Ongoing studies are trying to glean more information on the exact nature of the illness and what causes it. Still, for now, breast implant illness is something of an umbrella term that covers a number of adverse reactions to the addition of implants.

What are the symptoms of Breast Implant Illness?

Breast implant illness includes numerous symptoms that appear in women following the addition of synthetic implants, including:

  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • IBS
  • Hair loss
  • Dry mouth
  • Dry eyes
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Swollen glands
  • Respiratory issues
  • Frequent skin rashes
  • Recurring infections
  • Lack of concentration
  • Brain fog or memory loss
  • Persistent joint and muscle pain
These symptoms can often be attributed to other medical conditions or explained away by everything from hormonal imbalances to dehydration, which is part of the reason why conclusions surrounding BII have been so elusive. However, many women who reported these symptoms have also reported that removing the implants helped reduce or eliminate their symptoms.

While not all women have seen improvement following implant removal, it continues to be the treatment method with the highest success rate for breast implant illness.
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Breast Implant Removal for Breast Implant Illness

Dr. Whitfield has seen the positive results of using breast implant removal as a treatment method for breast implant illness in Austin. While breast implant removal is not a guaranteed cure for these symptoms, many patients find a reduction in the instance and severity of their symptoms following breast implant removal. Because the science surrounding BII is still murky, Dr. Whitfield’s role is to share the latest information on the topic with patients and then work with them to determine if removal is the best path for relief.

Should you decide to have breast implant removal for breast implant illness,
Dr. Whitfield offers several different options to make sure your breasts still look fantastic after your removal surgery.

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Breast Implant Removal with Lift (Mastopexy)

Breast implants can stretch the skin and lead to sagging over time. In some cases, this leads to breasts looking “deflated” following implant removal. Dr. Whitfield combines mastopexy (breast lift) with breast implant removal to ensure that your breasts remain perky, balanced, and beautiful even without implants.

Keep in mind that the lift will improve the shape and position of the breasts, but it will not enhance the size. As a result, your breasts will appear smaller than they were unless you choose to replace the implants with fat transfer or another solution, which is why Dr. Whitfield often combines this technique with fat transfer as a combination procedure.

Breast Implant Removal With Fat Transfer

Fat transfer is a natural way to replace some of the void left by breast implant removal. Dr. Whitfield carefully removes the implant and casing, taking care not to leave any evidence behind that may further agitate the body. He uses targeted liposuction to remove donor fat from another part of the body (typically hips, thighs, or abdomen). Dr. Whitfield purifies the fat, then uses it to replace some of the volume lost from the implant removal. Because the fat comes from your own body, your body accepts it more readily than a foreign object. Typically, patients retain around 80 percent of the fat added to their breasts through this method.

Dr. Whitfield prefers these treatments in breast implant illness compared to breast implant removal and replacement, which involves swapping the implants out with other implants. Dr. Whitfield believes that replacing implants in suspected cases of breast implant illness could impede healing, as your body could be just as likely to object to the new implants as the old ones. Using natural alternatives like fat transfer and mastopexy to reshape the breasts gives you the best chance to eliminate breast implant illness symptoms, based on available data.

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Dr. Whitfield, one of Texas’ Super Doctors (2017, 2018 and voted as one of the top doctors in Austin (Austin Monthly Magazine), found himself drawn to plastic surgery by the constant innovation.
If you suspect you may have breast implant illness, a ruptured implant, or just want your breast implants out, you want to choose a surgeon who has experience with the procedure and who will listen to you and believe you. Dr. Whitfield prides himself on putting patient concerns first and will help guide you to the best treatment options for your situation with compassion and understanding.
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