Dr. David Rankin, Leading Authority on Breast Explant Surgery, Discusses Illness Associated with Breast Implants

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South Florida plastic surgeon Dr. David Rankin has been called on to perform breast explant (removal) surgery on a number of women who have reported experiencing symptoms of breast implant illness (BII).

Dr. David Rankin and Karen McDougal

Some studies have shown that there is some seepage of the silicone shell into the outer area and this may potentially cause an immunological reaction where the body is causing these symptoms. - Dr. Rankin.

Dr. David Rankin, a leading South Florida plastic surgeon, has been called on to perform breast explant (removal) surgery on a number of women who have reported experiencing symptoms of breast implant illness (BII). Two of these women are Playboy playmates Karen McDougal and Kimberly Holland, both of whom reported experiencing symptoms including fatigue, cognitive dysfunction, allergies, muscle pain and weakness they believed were caused by their breast implants.

“I would get sick every couple of months and be sick for six to eight weeks at a time,” McDougal tells People. “It just never went away.”

Dr. Rankin is a leading authority on breast explant surgery and has been featured in the media, including on The Doctors and Inside Edition, where he spoke about BII and breast explant surgery.

“Some studies have shown that there is some seepage of the silicone shell into the outer area and this may potentially cause an immunological reaction where the body is causing these symptoms,” says Dr. Rankin.

Although breast augmentation has a high safety record, women who believe they are experiencing symptoms of breast implant illness due to their saline or silicone gel implants are encouraged to consult a board-certified plastic surgeon for removal. Dr. Rankin has performed hundreds of breast explant procedures at Aqua Plastic Surgery. During the procedure, Dr. Rankin creates small, strategically placed incisions to achieve as little postoperative scarring as possible. Through these incisions, the breast implant and capsule are removed carefully to preserve the natural shape of the breast. When possible, Dr. Rankin performs an Enbloc (total capsulectomy) and muscle repair to remove the implant and capsule together. He cleans out the chest cavity to ensure that the capsule has been removed in its entirety. If necessary, Dr. Rankin will perform breast lift to reposition the breast and remove loose skin that has become stretched out due to the implant.

Recovery from breast explant is similar to breast augmentation recovery. Patients typically need to take one to two weeks off from work and other normal activities. Dr. Rankin works closely with Explant Concierge, Jeff Rose to monitor each patients’ successful recovery and healing.

For more information about breast explant or breast implant illness, please contact Aqua Plastic Surgery by calling their Jupiter office at (561) 776-2830, their Ft. Lauderdale office at (954) 564-3832 or their West Palm Beach office at (561) 202- 6615.

About Dr. David Rankin

David Rankin, M.D., is an experienced plastic surgeon serving the South Florida area, including Jupiter, Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. He is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and currently serves as Chief of Plastic Surgery at St. Mary’s Medical Center.

Dr. Rankin has trained at some of the top academic institutions in the nation, including Columbia University and the University of Michigan. Dr. Rankin completed his surgical residency at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach and fellowship in plastic surgery in his hometown in Michigan.

In addition to cosmetic surgery, Dr. Rankin is a highly experienced reconstructive surgeon and provides trauma care for accident victims throughout South Florida. He belongs to several prestigious organizations including the American Medical Association, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Florida Medical Association, Palm Beach County Medical Society and Palm Beach County Society of Plastic Surgeons.

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Jupiter Office: (561) 776-2830
Ft. Lauderdale Office: (954) 564-3832
West Palm Beach Office: (561) 202-6615
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