Explant has been motivated not by illness, but by lifestyle choice
Brazil continues to lead the world ranking of plastic surgeries, according to a survey carried out by the International Society of Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery (ISAPS) released in March this year. Among the most sought after procedures is the placement of silicone. No wonder, in the country, the rate of surgery to remove the breast implant, the explant, is also growing.
In 2018 alone, 14,600 surgeries were performed to remove silicone prosthesis. The following year, the index jumped and reached 19,400 surgical procedures. In 2020, interventions to remove breast silicone reached the 25,000 mark. On the other hand, in Brazil, 200,000 silicone implant surgeries are performed per year.
“What we observe is that the search for the explant has been motivated by other causes, not disease. It is a lifestyle choice. Many women see their female figure no longer needing the implant, and there is a social movement in this area. What was a fad in the 1990s, 2000s, is no more”, explains the president of the Brazilian Society of Mastology (SBM), Vilmar Marques in an interview for the IG portal.
In the opinion of the president of SBM, the reverse movement, that is, the removal of the prosthesis, is due to a change in the mentality of a portion of women, who want to live with the natural characteristics of the body again. He recalls that there is ASIA syndrome (Autoimmune Syndrome Induced by Adjuvants – in Portuguese, Autoimmune Syndrome Induced by Adjuvants) and silicone disease, but that there are few cases.