Dr. Lampert’s Change Of Heart
When Dr. Lampert first started to become a more popular explant surgeon in Miami, he initially did not have much of an opinion on breast implant illness. At that time, he felt like he was providing a technically challenging requested service (breast implant removal and shaping.)
He was flattered that patients were coming from all over the world to see him for this procedure, but he remained conventionally unbiased and would simply state that if a woman wants her breast implants removed, he would remove them, so long as they understand the potential aesthetic sequela and surgical options to improve any potential post-explant deformity.
But over the years, Dr. Lampert has seen too many patients improve after explant surgery to further deny breast implant illness. Most of his breast implant illness patients are educated, highly successful, professional women and heads of their households. Many are healthcare professionals themselves! Sure, some breast implant illness explant patients do not improve, or their symptoms do not resolve completely after explant. And yes, breast implant patients have an overall high percentage of patient satisfaction, with some estimates above 95%. As any implant is by definition a foreign body, a certain number of patients will have complications associated with this or basically reject the foreign body.
With nearly 2 million breast implants placed internationally alone in 2018, that leaves nearly 100,000 patients a year who are not satisfied with their breast implants. With time, the patient satisfaction percentage should drop in theory as well. So, patient dissatisfaction with breast implants is no longer a rare occurrence. Due to the sheer volume of people with breast implants, Dr. Lampert believes that breast implant illness is no longer a rare disease. Other surgeons have recently found, presented, and published similar findings, stating that most breast implant illness patients claim to be less symptomatic after breast implant removal. This is what Dr. Lampert has found in his practice.