Itching skin rash after removal of 32 year old Dow Corning silicone implants. What can I do?

I had my silicone implants removed after a 3D mammography showed my implants had ruptured. They actually had not ruptured but were breaking down. Two days after surgery I developed an itching rash on my upper thighs and inside of my arms. 10 days after surgery the rash is getting worse and spreading.

Doctor Answers 3

Breast Implant Removal , Explant

Rash and itching after surgery is probably an allergic reaction to medications. Consult your doctor for treatment and change of some medications to figure what you are allergic to. This has nothing to do with the silicone implant or ?fungus. No medical evidence except financial gain of making patient afraid, and exploiting patients

Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
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In my experience with over 2000 explantations and as a doctor who wrote a book on breast implant problems, your rash is either due to chemical toxicity from the implants (allergic) or yeast or allergic reaction to medication which is less common unless the rash is widespread.  Women who undergo explantation need total capsulectomy, removal of silicone laden axillary lymph nodes, antifungals, treatment of co infections such as yeast (very common) and detoxification in order to avoid problems with surgery.  Rashes due to yeast are very common in women not receiving antifungals and rashes due to chemical toxicity are common if drainage pathways are clogged.

Susan Kolb, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

Itching skin rash after Implants removal

Good Afternoon, thank you for your question .  First of all, if anything unusual occurs after your surgery you should always talk to your doctor about it, you should see him. This can be an allergic reaction or  secondary to some medication. I do not think is related to the silicone implant directly, in your case as the rash is getting worse and spreading, I totally recommend you to go back to your doctor for further evaluation and treatment.

Rafael Gottenger, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

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