Dr. Chun is a plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. His practice is exclusively devoted to breast implant removal, total/en-bloc capsulectomy, and mastopexy. He is recognized worldwide as a leader in treating Breast Implant Illness patients and performs total/en-bloc capsulectomy on every single case. He has been featured on numerous publications, TV shows, and documentaries. He is devoted to raising awareness about BII, highlighting long term problems associated with breast implants, and educating proper surgical techniques. He was one of sixty high school students nationwide to be accepted directly into the Honors Program in Medical Education at Northwestern University Medical School. After graduating with AOA Honors, he completed his general surgery residency at the University of Southern California Medical Center and became certified by the American Board of Surgery. This was followed by plastic surgery training at USC, and then additional training in explant surgery. He has over 25 years of experience with explant surgery and currently performs over 400 explant surgeries annually.  He was certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and then re-certified in 2007 and 2017.

Many patients suffer from BII(Breast Implant Illness) from their saline or silicone breast implants. Although the exact cause and the mechanism are unknown, these patients suffer from a similar and vague constellation of symptoms, often very severe with debilitating health consequences. They have been to many doctors, gone through numerous tests, tried various treatments, and yet do not experience significant improvement. For these patients, the explantation surgery consisting of total capsulectomy and implant removal is a reasonable approach and oftentimes, the only effective treatment option. BII patients must undergo complete and total capsulectomy in order to obtain the definitive answer regarding the connection between their symptoms and implants. Hopefully, this will also lead to a cure. The technical difficulties associated with this surgery stem from the fact that the capsules surrounding the submuscular implants are always stuck to the underlying rib cage. Dr. Chun has safely performed over four thousand explant surgeries since 1995 without any rib cage complication.

The option of simultaneously performing mastopexy(Mastopexy Photos)  is available. The implant removal surgery not only reduces the breast size but also leaves a significant amount of loose skin in most patients. Mastopexy “tightens” the skin and soft tissue envelope and reduces/repositions the areola(nipple is never detached). The anchor mastopexy, consisting of circular scar around the areola and vertical and horizontal scars, is typically used. For certain specific patients with tight and elastic skin combined with small implants may achieve a reasonable result with a more limited periareolar mastopexy with only the circular areolar scar.

Some patients choose to remove implants and capsules without simultaneously undergoing a mastopexy (Removal Only Photos). Three variables determine the resulting cosmetic outcome. First, how good is the breast skin quality? Will there be enough skin contraction to significantly remove the loose excess skin resulting from the implant removal? This is similar to how a women’s stomach skin might tighten after a pregnancy. Second, how big were the implants and how long were they in place? Larger implants that were in place for a long time will obviously stretch and damage the skin more with less likelihood of skin shrinkage. Third, how much natural breast tissue is present? More breast tissue results in better cosmetic outcomes with less possibility of collapsed, sunken and folded skin. Ultimately the decision to add the simultaneous mastopexy is up to each individual patient.

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