Mark Sisco, M.D.
501 Skokie Boulevard
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (847) 504-2333
Monday: 8:30 a.m.–6 p.m.
Tuesday–Friday: 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

Breast Implant Removal

Even though today’s breast implants are safe and can create beautiful, natural-looking results, some women choose to have their implants removed. There are a number of reasons women visit board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Mark Sisco from the North Shore area and Arlington Heights for breast implant removal surgery. When considering doctors for these complex procedures that may include en bloc capsulectomy, it’s important to choose a top surgeon like Dr. Sisco who is highly trained and experienced.

Why Do Women Choose Breast Implant Removal?

Most saline and silicone implants need to be either replaced or removed at some point. Some women feel that they no longer need the enhancement that implants provide. In some cases, however, the choice to remove breast implants is the result of complications or concerns about potential side effects associated with breast augmentation or breast reconstruction.

Breast Implant Illness

Breast implant illness (BII) is an unusual and poorly defined constellation of symptoms that some women attribute to their breast implants. There is currently no scientific explanation for breast implant illness. However, Dr. Sisco understands the limitations of medical knowledge and respects those women who perceive that their implants are making them ill. For these women, Dr. Sisco offers en bloc capsulectomy, a specialized procedure that involves removing both the implant and the capsule of scar tissue surrounding it in order to leave the body as close as possible to how it was before the implant was placed. Some patients choose to combine the implant removal procedure with breast lift surgery because implants can stretch breast skin.


In 2011, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) identified a possible link between textured breast implants and a rare form of lymphoma known as breast implant-associated anaplastic large-cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL).  This extremely rare type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a cancer of the cells of the immune system. BIA-ALCL can occur in different parts of the body, including the lymph nodes and skin. Even though BIA-ALCL is found in the breasts of some individuals with breast implants, it is not breast cancer.

BIA-ALCL is very rare and the subject of continuing research. Dr. Sisco does not recommend routinely removing textured implants due to the associated risk. However, some women with textured implants are choosing to remove them or replace them with smooth implants.

Dr. Sisco’s expertise on this subject has been included in various media outlets, including the Washington Post.

How Much Does Breast Implant Removal Surgery Cost?

In Chicago’s North Shore area, the cost of breast implant removal surgery varies with the specifics of the procedure. Prices generally range as follows:

Other factors that influence the cost include:

During your consultation, we provide you with a document that details the estimated cost of your breast implant removal surgery. We encourage you to take it home, look it over, consider your options, and make an informed decision.

Implant Removal Procedure

As a breast surgery specialist and Chief of Plastic Surgery at NorthShore University HealthSystem, Dr. Sisco offers his expertise in breast implant removal procedures to women who come to our practice from Arlington Heights and throughout the North Shore.

Removing breast implants often requires a level of technical skill that not all plastic surgeons possess. Capsulectomy, or scar tissue removal, requires finesse to prevent injury to the surrounding tissue. In many cases, implant removal can be combined with a breast lift to re-contour stretched skin. This procedure requires artistry as well as an intimate knowledge of breast anatomy to ensure a good outcome. When performed by an experienced surgeon such as Dr. Sisco, it is a safe surgery that involves less recovery time than even breast augmentation surgery.

If you are thinking of removing your implants and want to discuss your options with Dr. Sisco, request a consultation using the online form or call our office at (847) 504-2333 to schedule an appointment.

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