Can The Capsule Also Be Removed During Cheek Implant Removal?

Q: Dr. Eppley, Can you do a complete capsulectomy after cheek implant removal either by micro surgery, dissolving the scar tissue with enzymes, or cauterizing? Do you believe that the residual capsule may be absorbed by the body? Are you Is familiar with Implant Illness?

Thank you so much! 

A: In answer to your questions about cheek implant removal:

1) The cheek implants and the capsule on the bone can be removed. The outer capsule attached to the soft tissues can not.

2) The remaining capsule will be absorbed over time.

3) Implant illness is associated with silicone gel implants, almost exclusively of the breasts. There are no known illness cases associated with solid silicone facial implants.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana