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Posted On: July 28, 2016 Author: The Office of Dr. Stuart Linder Posted In: Breast Implants, Breast topics, Implant Removal

Recently, an article on, July 21, 2016, indicated that Crystal Hefner, wife of Hugh Hefner, and Playboy model in the past, had removed her silicone implants because of debilitating and burning pain of which she stated included, “cognitive dysfunction, incapacitating fatigue, burning bladder, pain and recurrent infections.”  She claims to have removed her implants on June 15th because they were slowly poisoning her and that although she has a diagnosed history of fatigue from Lyme’s disease and toxic mold which she believed that these were specifically due to her implants.  No evidence or studies have shown that there is a positive correlation of saline or silicone implants nor the breakdown of the shell of silicone or saline implants that would lead to Lyme’s disease or mild fatigue, autoimmune disease or any of the specific symptoms that she is describing.

Explantation of implants is a procedure we do perform here in our Beverly Hills Surgery Center on a weekly basis.  Patients have a myriad of reasons for removing the implants, including recurrent capsular contracture, pain throughout the breasts, ruptured implants or a desire to simply downsize and remove the implants altogether.  However, once again, no evidence has been shown or any correlation of saline or silicone implants leading to any form of autoimmune disease or any form of specific symptoms that Crystal Hefner has described.  Women should not be alarmed and remove their implants with this lack of obvious evidence.  Some women may feel better after removing their implants.  Whether this is physiological, psychological or both, must be determined on an individual basis.  It is definitely true that the ruptured silicone implants or saline implants should be replaced as soon as possible and a chronic rupture of silicone for many years can lead to silicone migrating in an extracapsular fashion to the lymph nodes of the axillary region or to any other lymphatic structure in the body.  So removing ruptured silicone implants is definitely warranted, with replacement most often performed at the same time.

For a consultation regarding implant removal give us a call at (310) 275-4513 or feel free to contact us via email for more information.