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En Bloc Capsulectomy
Breast Implant Removal - In Phoenix, Scottsdale and Chandler


Breast augmentation is the most popular of all plastic surgeries.

Every year, hundreds of thousands of American women receive this cosmetic treatment in order to increase the size and volume of their breasts. While the majority of patients are happy with the results of this procedure, some women ultimately decide to have their implants removed due to changing personal preferences, new aesthetic choices, or complications.

Our doctors at Southwest Breast and Aesthetics in Phoenix have helped countless women get rid of their breast implants. Highly experienced in a wide range of breast procedures, our surgeons individualize the procedure to meet each patient’s goals and achieve the best possible outcome. One breast procedure that is becoming increasingly popular with women who want to have their implants removed is en bloc capsulectomy.


Our board-certified breast surgeons in Phoenix, AZ perform en bloc capsulectomy – also referred to as explant surgery – to remove the implant together with the scar tissue in one operation.

While performing this procedure, our Phoenix breast surgeons will make an incision along the inframammary fold, then focus on carefully separating the capsule from surrounding scar tissue.

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En bloc removal has gained a lot of popularity lately, especially among women who are looking to permanently get rid of their implants. Most patients tend to think that this is always ‘the best’ way to have breast implants safely removed, but this is not always the case. Our Arizona plastic surgeons at Southwest Breast and Aesthetics do not recommend this procedure for everyone, usually due to the following drawbacks.

  • Requires a longer incision – this implant removal technique results in a longer incision as well as resulting scar. Unless there’s a serious medical need or compelling reason to do so, our breast surgeons will not perform an en bloc capsulectomy.
  • Procedure is more complex – while breast surgeries are statistically very safe – and our surgeons work with the best anesthesiologists in Arizona – this kind of prolonged procedure is more complex and can make the early days of recovery tougher for the patient.
  • In some cases, the capsule or breast tissues are too thin/delicate for the procedure to be performed safely.


Anytime a foreign body such as a pacemaker, knee implant, or breast implant is implanted, the body will naturally respond by forming a capsule. This is basically a scar tissue that surrounds the implanted object. Our Arizona cosmetic surgeons perform en bloc surgery in order to remove the breast implant together with the entire capsule (surrounding scar tissue) and thus give the remaining breast tissue the room it needs to regenerate and heal.

En bloc breast implant removal is the most favorable option in cases where the implant has ruptured or when ALCL (Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma) or some other severe complication is suspected. This surgery can also be a safe implant removal option when performed by a highly experienced and qualified breast surgeon.

Some women who have had an augmentation report a variety of symptoms that they strongly feel are connected to their breast implants. These include fatigue, body odor, rashes, chronic pain, anxiety, irregular heart rate, hair loss, neurologic abnormalities, digestive issues, endocrine dysfunction, thyroid dysfunction, adrenal imbalance, and even brain fog. Although there are no scientific tests to prove that these symptoms are actually caused by breast implants, they are what is often referred to as implant illness.

Many women elect to have a breast lift at the same time as the en bloc surgery. Since the breast skin and tissues have expanded to accommodate the implants, a lift together with the en bloc capsulectomy can help reshape the breasts, get rid of excess skin, and result in a perkier breast mound.

On July 24th, 2019, breast implant maker Allergan Inc. announced a global recall of their Biocell textured implants. This recall was due to a recent FDA (Food and Drug Administration) associating this model of the implant with a disproportionately large number of anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) cases. En bloc capsulectomy is the best procedure choice for women who are looking to have their textured Biocell implants removed in order to mitigate the cancer risk. Our surgeons are currently offering en bloc textured breast implant removal capsulectomy to women from Phoenix and surrounding Arizona areas.


Our skilled Phoenix breast surgeons at Southwest Breast and Aesthetics have worked with scores of en bloc removal patients. They are not only board certified but have immense experience performing delicate breast procedures. If you’re considering getting your implants removed, you can be sure to receive the best care and excellent aesthetic result with our team. Schedule an initial consultation to learn more about this procedure, receive an individualized evaluation, and explore treatment options.

Your journey to better begins with a consultation at Southwest Breast and Aesthetics. Our plastic surgeons set the standards for plastic surgery through their innovative procedures and meticulous attention to detail. Discover a better experience by booking your consultation at Southwest Breast and Aesthetics today.

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