In 1995, Dr. Susan Kolb, MD, founded the Plastikos Surgery Center in Atlanta, Georgia, with an emphasis on her specialties: plastic and reconstructive surgery. Plastikos was created to serve as a holistic center combining alternative medicines and spiritual healing practices with contemporary surgical procedures. Dr, Kolb has since established the Millennium Healthcare and Avatar Cancer Center and is a Founding Diplomate of the American Board of Holistic Medicine.
Beginning her education at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Kolb went on to obtain a medical degree from the Washington University School of Medicine. Later, while a post-graduate student at Wilford Hall Medical Center, she specialized in plastic and general surgeries. Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery since 1985, Dr. Kolb was a member of the Society of Air Force Clinical Surgeons from 1976-1988, and in addition to being a member of the American College of Surgeons (1987), she is the founder of both the Atlantic Noetic Sciences Community Group and the Atlanta Holistic Doctors Association. Since establishing her first private practice in 1988, she has become a distinguished authority in the fields of spiritual medicine and energy healing.
Above and beyond her medical expertise, Dr. Kolb is also the host of "Temple of Health," a weekly radio program found on www.BBSRADIO.com [or through www.plastikos.com], has appeared on an episode of CBS’s The Doctors in January 2016, is the author of The Naked Truth About Breast Implants: From Harm to Healing, and contributed to the collection Goddess Shift: Women Leading for a Change.
I had breast implant removal surgery 2 years ago to remove my silicone implants that were 12 years old and had ruptured. I went to Dr. Susan Kolb in Atlanta, Georgia and had to travel from New Jersey to have my surgery with her. Dr. Kolb is an expert in explantation surgery and is the only plastic surgeon who I feel truly understands breast implant illness and the impact it can have on your life. I was ill for years prior to meeting with her and no other doctor could figure out what was wrong with me. It was suggested by many doctors that my illness was all 'in my head.'
My explant surgery was 4 hours long and was performed under general anesthesia. I was not awake and remember little from the operation itself. Along with having my implants removed, Dr. Kolb performed a breast lift. My surgery time was extended because the silicone gel had leaked out of my implants. She had to remove the lymph nodes that were under my arms because of this. I was told my implants were full of mold, fungi and bacteria and they were sent to pathology to be studied further.
The recovery from my explant surgery was most difficult during the first week. I had two drains that hung off my body and both collected a mixture of blood and excess fluids. The drains limited my freedom and it didn't help that I was also dealing with a good amount of pain. Around the 7 day mark is when my drains and sutures were removed and my pain subsided to the point where I no longer needed pain medication. I wore a compression garment for 2 weeks and compression stalkings (to improve circulation and prevent blood clots) for the first week straight and then on and off for the following week. At the 4-6 week mark I started feeling like my old self. My breasts looked smaller, but really good and natural. Dr. Kolb did an amazing job, especially considering how stretched my skin was from my implants.
Now that it's been nearly two years since my surgery, I can't thank Dr. Kolb enough. Her and her staff were absolutely incredible during my entire journey from my consultation until I was fully healed. Dr. Kolb was so good at explaining why my implants caused me to be sick and she was right. I am no longer ill and I'm so thankful to Dr. Kolb for helping with a problem I dealt with unsuccessfully for years. When no one else had an answer for me, she did. I'm not sure what I would have done with myself had I not discovered her. She was sent from the heavens to help me.
My breast lift and explant surgery cost me $15,000 and I had to pay to stay in a hotel for a week since I was from out of town.
Dr Kolb is one of the most unprofessional plastic surgeons I have ever encountered. My experience was not good at all! I was actually grateful that she decided to cancel my surgery after I started asking too many questions. Or should I say, for questioning her methods and protocol. I went expecting a compassionate, caring doctor. Instead I was left to wait for FIVE HOURS in her dirty, dusty waiting room. When I finally got in the room to see her, she was rushed and seemed pre-occupied. After telling me that the "eye test indicates mold" and "ultrasound results indicate ruptured implants full of debris" she proceeded to "muscle test" me for everything under the sun. By muscle testing, I mean she pulled on my arm repeatedly while having me repeat after her a list of conditions, supplements, prescription drugs, dosing amounts, and procedures. WTF? Really? Then she proceeded to DIAGNOSE and PRESCRIBE both supplements (which she conveniently sells) and Rx drugs. I hit the brakes when my pharmacy called to let me know that ONE of the Rx's was $1000 copay. An anti-parasitic drug. Now, I didn't go to Dr Kolb to be treated for parasites. I went to her to have my implants removed. But when I emailed her to ask about this drug that I was not comfortable taking, her reply to me was that I am "risking cancer by not complying with the protocol" and then she canceled my surgery. Talk about unethical! Thankfully, I was able to find a COMPETENT surgeon who removed my implants for a much more reasonable price, and I am thrilled with my results. He confirmed during my surgery that NONE of the things Kolb diagnosed me with were true - no mold, no debris, no ruptured implants. Perfectly clear saline. And despite Kolb's threat to me that I would not get better without her help, my health is already drastically improving. Another thing that I should mention, I have received rude, abusive emails from this doctor after sharing my experience with her on another website. Who does that? I'm going to share my experience, and I have every right to do that. This may be the doctor for some people - if you are ok with her basically GUESSING what is wrong with you. Most reputable MDs will agree, muscle testing is not a reliable way to diagnose and it is a potentially dangerous practice to use this method to write prescriptions for pharmaceutical drugs. I also think it is a conflict of interest to muscle test from a list of supplements conveniently provided by her. I could go on, but I want to say that one of the things that bothers me the most about this doctor is the fact that she is pushing "breast implant illness" as a means to manipulate women who are very vulnerable, yet she herself has implants and is currently still placing implants. If she is telling EVERYONE that they are deathly ill and she's the ONLY DOCTOR in the world who can get them well, it seems somewhat disingenuous that she still has implants and is still implanting women. How do these things add up? Well, perhaps only in her bank account ...