We are leading experts in the surgical and functional medicine management of breast implant illness, restoring health and immune balance.

clear explant - we listen. 

Clear Explant, located in Toronto, is the first program of it's kind in North America. Your complete health restoration and revival is our ultimate goal.  Via our comprehensive health assessment and pre- and post-surgical testing, you will receive the concrete data needed to ensure any issues related to the breast implant are identified – and ultimately fixed. We listen and will support you during the process of explantation. 

We recognize the signs and symptoms of breast implant illness and long term risk of complications, like autoimmune disease.  Research into its causal and contributing factors has furthered the development of our cutting-edge pre-operative testing methods and pre-surgical prescriptions as well as clinically-proven recommendations for post-operative healing and immune re-balancing. 


In addition, we have partnered with leading independent laboratories for specialized functional medicine testing of removed tissue and implants, should it be required to evaluate hidden risks of mold overgrowth, bacterial infection, immune dysregulation or chronic inflammation.



We validate your individual concerns and encourage our patients to share specific requests for explantation surgery, such as performing total capsulectomy, culture of the saline inside the implants, and intra-operative photographs. As your clearexplant health care team, we have had the pleasure of informing our patients that at least half of women with symptoms of breast implant illness experience noticeable improvements after explantation. 

We specialize in an approach to breast implant removal, which includes the most advantageous surgical methods such as "en bloc capsulectomy"(medically determined on a case-by-case basis);  comprehensive functional medicine testing; and a naturopathic treatment protocol that restores immune and health balance.


breast implant illness

early signs and symptoms

There is a cohort of women who pursue explantation due specific signs and symptoms that arise after breast implantation. Described as “Breast Implant Illness", it is characterized by a constellation of signs and symptoms possibly linked to an immunological and inflammatory response to the implants, typically one to seven years after implantation.

The early symptoms of breast implant illness include:

  • Fatigue

  • Chronic pain

  • Rashes

  • Body odor

  • Irregular heart rate

  • Anxiety

  • Neurologic abnormalities

  • Hair loss

  • Endocrine dysfunction (hormone imbalances)

  • Digestive issues

  • Memory loss and brain fog

  • Adrenal imbalances

  • Thyroid dysfunction

breast implant illness

long term risks

On its website, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) stresses “The longer you have breast implants, the more likely it is that complications will occur and you will need to have them removed”.


On average, implants last 10 to 15 years before the risk of possible rupture heightens considerably. Certain implant breakage or leakage, such as with silicone implants, can lead to a late capsular contracture, or a buildup of scar tissue, resulting in a more difficult implant exchange.

In the long term, breast implants can also be linked to:

  • Various types of autoimmune diseases including:

    • Lupus

    • Scleroderma

    • Sclerosis

    • Sjögren’s syndrome

  • Lymphoma: The World Health Organization and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have identified a possible cause for concern relating breast implants to a rare cancer called breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL).  However, it does appear that textured implants are associated with more cases of BIA-ALCL than smooth implants. Half of all reported cases of BIA-ALCL are reported within 7 to 8 years of the insertion of breast implants.

  • Raynaud’s Syndrome

  • Diabetes Type II

the latest news in breast implant illness

The Toronto Star

My entire body was shutting down.’ Breast implant recipients say doctors gloss over risks

CBC Marketplace

Shopping for Breast Implants: Hidden Camera Investigation

CBC News

Biocell textured breast implants under scrutiny as women complain of pain

a woman's explant story

Crystal Hefner, the 30-year-old wife of Playboy magazine mogul Hugh Hefner, announced in a story in People magazine that she’d had her breast implants removed because they were making her sick.

Hefner posted a photo of her post-surgery self on Instagram with the caption, “Using 2016 to reclaim my health and embrace and love myself for the real me.”

She was initially diagnosed with Lyme disease. Her symptoms included intolerance to foods and beverages as well as back, neck, and shoulder pain.

Hefner also suffered from cognitive dysfunction (brain fog, memory loss), stunted hair growth, fatigue, burning bladder pain, low immunity, and recurring infections and problems with her thyroid and adrenals. On social media pointed out that her symptoms matched those of something called breast implant illness.

medical references

Two hundreds cases of ASIA syndrome following silicone implants: a comparative study of 30 years and a review of current literature

In this study, we compared one hundred patients with autoimmune/inflammatory syndrome induced by adjuvants (ASIA) due to silicone implant incompatibility syndrome diagnosed in 2014 in Maastricht, the Netherlands, with one hundred historical patients with adjuvant breast disease diagnosed in the Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, USA, between 1985 and 1992.

Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL)

Individuals with breast implants have a risk of developing breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma, or BIA-ALCL. BIA-ALCL is not breast cancer—it is a type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (cancer of the immune system). In most cases, BIA-ALCL is found in the scar tissue and fluid near the implant, but in some cases, it can spread throughout the body. Precise risks are difficult to determine due to lack of information about how many patients have received breast implants in the US and worldwide.

Microbial Evaluation in Capsular Contracture of Breast Implants.

Capsular contracture around breast implants is a severe and unpredictable complication experienced by up to 50 percent of patients after breast augmentation and reconstruction, and represents a major cause leading to reoperation. Several lines of evidence point to the involvement of subclinical infections and of bacterial biofilm formation.

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