International Breast Implant Check Clinic (IBICC)
(Member of “Integrated Breast Healthcare”)
Are you concerned about your follow up or your implants?
All women with breast implants should have ongoing breast checks for life.
We know that there are medium to long-term risks associated with breast implants that need to be monitored. It is therefore recommended that all patients are seen for a breast implant check on an annual basis.
Here are some initial steps that we recommend you to follow.
- 1. Contact your original surgeon
Your surgeon will have all the relevant details for your procedure and will be the best person to perform an examination and/or organize further investigations if required.
- If you are unable or do not desire to contact your original surgeon
No matter where you had your previous surgery performed, or by whom, you can book an appointment for a primary breast implant checkup at the International Breast Implant Check Clinic (IBICC) in Stockholm, Sweden. We provide a consultation with one of our highly experienced board certificated senior plastic surgeons specialized in breast surgery, including anamnesis, a physical examination and ultrasound of your breasts.
We’re pleased to share with you that breast implant screening is now available at the International Breast Implant Check Clinic in Stockholm. You’ll have a private consultation with an experienced doctor – and access to an ultrasound scan.
We’re completely devoted to providing the very best care. And the safety of breast implant surgery is something that we’ve been concerned about for a very long time. Breast implants have been associated with a range of problems – including rupture, leak, and capsular contracture and a rare breast implant related lymphoma. You can read about the history of breast implants, in a recent paper published by the ISHC Research and Education Foundation here.
And the risk increases with time – recent research suggests that women with breast implants should receive lifelong check-ups. Often, women receive check-ups with their surgeon for a few years after their surgery, and then not at all. Women should be checked regularly, and the Integrated Breast Health Clinic helps women access this service conveniently, and at a low cost.
The International Breast Implant Check Clinic also provides a safe environment for women who are concerned about their recent surgery. Unfortunately, breast implant surgery isn’t properly regulated, and some women experience poorly performed surgery – with serious consequences. In this case, going back to the surgeon isn’t a safe option. Our Clinic provides a safe, confidential and comfortable environment.
Dr Marie Jaeger is a fully qualified Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeon with a special interest in breast surgery and performs a large number of breast surgeries on a regular basis. Her practice includes both primary and secondary/revision breast surgery. Dr. Jaeger graduated at the University of Hamburg. Her Plastic Surgery Training program took her from Germany to Israel. There she was trained in the latest techniques of cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery from world known surgeons and scientists. Upon graduation, she then completed several fellowships in Plastic Surgery, among others with Prof. Giovanni and Dr. Chiara Botti in Italy, with Prof. Gian Farhadi in London and Zurich and at the prestigious Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery in Australia. Dr. Jaeger is constantly updated with the most modern techniques in plastic surgery and is in cooperation with big medical centers abroad where she is still working as a visiting surgeon. She has a constant interest in research and published numerous articles.
In 2019 Dr. Jaeger eventually returned to Europe and joined Dr. Randquist at Victoriakliniken, where she was appointed as a Consultant Surgeon.
All her procedures are performed at the fully accredited world class private hospital with strict adherence to the highest standards of care. Patients are treated from throughout Sweden and overseas.
Dr. Jaeger consults at Victoriakliniken-City, in Stockholm.
Dr. Charles Randquist is a Board certified Plastic surgeon since 1996 and received his degree at Karolinska Stockholm and Sahlgrenska University Hospital Gothenburg, sub specializing in microsurgery. He has been in private practice since 1996. In the year 2000 he opened his own 24 bed hospital, Victoriakliniken in Stockholm, Sweden, and has for the last two decades been a speaker worldwide on various cosmetic procedures.
Due to his experience with form-stable, anatomical implants, his main focus became primary and re-constructive breast surgery. Over the years he has conducted studies on implants by various manufactures trying to understand the multi-level complexity of procedures and the impact of different texturing, gels, shape and surgical technique on outcomes. He is currently one of the few FDA-Investigators outside the USA for Establishment Labs and their Motiva Implants.
Dr. Randquist consults at Victoriakliniken-Salstjöbaden, just 15 minutes outside Stockholm. Here, in the midst of the archipelago, the clinic offers a safe, discreet and calm refuge providing peace for body and soul. For everyone’s convenience, we offer the opportunity to stay for a shorter or longer period of time before and after the procedure. We also provide individualized diet and service.
Dr Jessica Gahm is a board certificated Consultant Plastic Surgeon at Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm. She is a full member of the Swedish Medical Association, the Swedish Plastic Surgery Association, and the Swedish Microsurgical Association and has been a union representative elected by the Medical Association at Karolinska University Hospital since 2012. In 2009, Dr. Gahm received her PhD at Karolinska University Hospital with a dissertation on preventive breast surgery due to hereditary risk of getting breast cancer. Until today she is involved in various research projects at Karolinska University Hospital.
Dr. Gahm has sub-specialized in Aesthetic and Reconstructive Breast Surgery. She has also developed a particular interest in revisionary breast surgery treating complications from previous procedures. No matter what the condition, Dr. Gahm is intensely committed to providing the best plastic surgery results that can be achieved in the safest manner possible.
Dr. Gahm consults at Victoriakliniken-City in Stockholm which is both nationally and internationally recognized as a centre of excellence in Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery
Routine breast implant checks usually take about 45 minutes. However, due to the particulars of your condition, the consultation may be longer as our doctors may feel a more extensive examination is required.
No referral is needed.
No matter who your surgeon was, you can book in for your check at the International Breast Implant Check Clinic in Stockholm.
The cost for the visit is 350SEK.
Medical Conditions & Treatments
Leaks, Ruptures, Capsules and “Double Bubble”
The use of breast implants carries the risks of implant leak, rupture and capsular contracture. Ruptured silicone breast implants can cause breast pain or changes in the shape of the breast. Double bubble occurs when a breast implant shifts down into the breast crease.
If you experience symptoms such as pain, soreness or swelling, lumps, or softening or hardening of the affected breast, you should see your doctor immediately. We now recommend that all women with breast implants should be checked regularly
Breast Implant-Associated (BIA-ALCL) is a rare lymphoma associated with breast implants. The incidence of BIA-ALCL is between 1 in 3000 and 1 in 80000. There are around 800 cases worldwide; however the numbers keep on changing. Considering the number of implants going into patients, the risk is small. It is more closely associated with textured implants.
BIA-ALCL occurs on average 8 years after implant placement and presents commonly as large fluid filled swelling around the implant (seroma). Less commonly, it can cause a lump around the breast implant.
The Etiology is not clear however it indicates that BIA-ALCL is a multi factorial disease, where personal genetics play a role and there is some evidence pointing to bacterial infection as possible cause. It is important to get checked regularly and to know that this lymphoma is treatable by removal of the implant and surrounding capsule if caught early.
“Breast Implant Illness”
“Breast Implant Illness” (BII) is a patient-reported condition with several symptoms such as general fatigue, hair loss, modified body odor, general body pain, depression, painful breasts, itching of the breasts, redness of the breasts, irritable bowel syndrome, endocrinological conditions, palpitations and autoimmune diseases including rheumatology, SLE, myalgia, artralgia and Raynaud’s disease. More than 100 different symptoms are patient reported and intensely discussed in Facebook groups and in other forums on social media. The medical profession has been working intensively over the past 60 years to understand the mechanisms of the concerns and side effects of the above patients related to breast implants.
At the Victoriakliniken we take these concerns seriously and listen to patients with concerns about BII and share our objective, evidence-based knowledge. There are currently no diagnostic tests available for BII. Data in the literature does not support the hypothesis that breast implants cause autoimmune diseases. So far, there is no evidence that the withdrawal of breast implants guarantees a long-term symptom-free life. Future studies, which can draw conclusions from a huge amount of merged data from different breast implant registries, will be able to respond better to questions about the long-term results of removing the implants.
We respect and support women’s desire to take out their breast implants after having received relevant information. The decision to undergo breast augmentation for aesthetic reasons, or to do a breast reconstruction, should be taken by a well-informed patient. Similarly, a decision to remove the implants should also be well founded, and taken by an equally well-informed patient.
Instant access to the right specialist
Working closely with Karolinska University Hospital and Breast Centrum City, our doctors are able to treat breast implant related complications immediately.
Contact & Booking
We kindly ask you to adhere to the list below, to book a Breast Check.
This is to ensure that we are well prepared, and can tailor the best solution for you.
First, please contact us if you have any further questions at IBICC@victoriakliniken.com
Book a time slot through through our WEB BOOKING
Fill out all the answers in our Health declaration, which you will find HERE (You will also receive a mail with this link later). You will be mailed a copy of the filled out form when you’re done.
You will get a confirmation by SMS and a reminder by both SMS and E-Mail.
Due to overwhelming demand for online advice from our International Breast Implant Check Clinic from interstate and overseas for advice on implants/revision implant surgeries, we are now offering online face-to-face Zoom-consultations for assessment of implant problems for patients who are initially unable to travel just for a consultation but may want a consultation or surgery later.
A 30 minutes consultation cost 50 EUR.
It does not replace an in-person consultation with our consultants in Stockholm but may be helpful prior to considering a breast implant check with our team.
Prior to the online-consultationen we ask you to fill out the Health declaration which will be sent to the clinic for review before your Zoom-consultation.
You will find the Healt declaration HERE.
Book an online-consultation with us HERE.