Posted April 04, 2023 in Breast Implant Illness
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You may have heard news stories about women experiencing the debilitating effects of breast implant illness (BII). Maybe you have implants and are questioning your own potential risk for the disease.
Many women have called out the widely controversial syndrome after experiencing similar symptoms believed to be caused by their breast implants. The stories are everywhere, and they may have you worried.
The first thing to understand is that not every woman with breast implants will develop symptoms, and most women who have chosen breast augmentation enjoy long-lasting and healthy results for years or decades.
Unfortunately, some women do develop concerns that may be tied to their implants.
Breast Implant Illness Symptoms
Breast implant illness (BII) is characterized by a wide array of non-specific symptoms that vary from person to person.
Among the most common include:
- Chronic fatigue
- Joint and muscle pain
- Muscle weakness
- Brain fog
- Memory and concentration problems
- Anxiety and depression
- Sleep disturbance/insomnia
- Hair loss and frequent skin rashes
- Dry mouth/eyes
Anecdotal evidence suggests that some women have also reported chills, light sensitivity, chest pain, and hormonal disturbances following breast augmentation surgery.
Despite numerous studies and systematic reviews on breast implant safety and the possible occurrence of BII, there is still a lack of conclusive evidence to treat BII as a diagnosable condition.
Still, medical practitioners are working hard to discover more about the possible link between implants and these symptoms, and studies have proved that some individuals are predisposed to having an immune reaction to the materials used in implants, such as silicone.
Individuals with autoimmune or connective tissue disorders, including lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, and multiple sclerosis, have an increased risk for BII. Therefore, it’s highly advisable to explore non-implant options if you possess any of the risk factors for BII, such as allergies or autoimmune conditions.
Now That You’re Experiencing Symptoms Consistent With Breast Implant Illness, What Should You Do?
As more women are made aware of the potential complications with breast implants, more are realizing that they may also be experiencing the condition.
When this happens, breast implant removal should be considered. While it is not a guarantee, many women have experienced a reduction — if not complete alleviation — of symptoms following the removal of their implants.
Getting Your Implants Removed
The decision to have your implants removed is deeply personal. As such, if you have developed symptoms you think may be associated with your implants and would like to have them removed, consider an explant surgery.
For starters, you’ll want to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Messa, who is up-to-date on the latest science and implant safety.
An explant surgery refers to the extraction of the implants and the scar tissue capsules surrounding them. During your consultation, Dr. Messa will take the time to listen to your concerns and ensure you’re evaluated thoroughly to help you determine the most appropriate course of action.