Breast Implants and BII: Dr. Brenner’s Interview with Newsweek
This video went viral in July, shared by plastic surgeon Dr. Clayton Moliver. In it, he demonstrated what calcium buildup looks like on 25-year-old breast implants removed after breast implant illness and severe capsular contracture.
As Dr. Brenner handles cases of BII on an everyday basis, he was interviewed about this video and his experience with implants and BII (breast implant illness) in this article by Newsweek. Dr. Brenner explained that calcium may form around an implant, in some cases, depending on where the implant is placed, causing pain as it pulls on the muscle. Calcium build up on implants placed behind the muscle are more likely to cause pain.
“Brenner said some of his patients, who underwent reconstruction surgery to get implants after having a mastectomy, told him the symptoms of BII were worse than the symptoms of having breast cancer.”
Should breast implants be removed?
Many women, seeing the viral video, wondered if they should have their breast implants removed. As an authority on breast implant illness, Dr. Brenner answered questions from Newsweek. The article further reported on the subject of implants and BII with Dr. Brenner:
“Brenner said there is not enough data to support whether people with implants should consider switching them out for new implants at a certain point. While some people have experienced the symptoms of BII, Brenner said he does not believe everyone with implants will develop these symptoms.
“‘I've had patients who developed BII within a month of having implants being put in, and I've had patients with implants for 15 years that later developed BII,' he said."
Another interesting piece of information is that implant removal does always mean that the symptoms of BII will go away. While it has been studied and researched extensively, BII is not fully understood yet. Newsweek reported:
“And, although most of his patients' symptoms that fall in line with BII go away or tremendously alleviate after the implants are removed, Brenner said removal is not a 100 percent guarantee that the symptoms will disappear.
“As far as whether BII has the capability of evolving into something more serious, Brenner said the reported studies have not indicated there is an increased ability for breast cancer to develop.”
Safety comes first with Dr. Brenner
Dr. Brenner is committed to improving cosmetic surgery safety and helping women achieve their aesthetic goals for their breasts safely. There is no substitution for experience, dedication, and board certification. Dr. Brenner has been a part of a study of BII, working with patients experiencing symptoms related to breast implant illness. He is completely committed to the well-being of his patients.
For patients who want to remove their breast implants, Dr. Brenner is an ideal choice. Dr. Brenner is a double-board-certified surgeon known for clinical excellence, compassionate care and thoughtful, understanding communication with his patients. Call today to schedule a consultation to learn more about BII, breast implant augmentation, and breast implant removal with Dr. Brenner.