Breast Implant Illness: What You Need to Know
“If you have considered breast augmentation, you may have seen the growing evidence that BII presents a small but real risk, states Dr. Alex Earle, Miami Double Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. “BII has not been recognized as an official medical condition, but it seems likely that it will be in the future”
What Causes Breast Implant Illness?
The symptoms of BII can develop at any time after getting breast implants. Although the symptoms resemble those of many autoimmune disorders, most people have no diagnosed medical condition. Some research indicates that BII may be an autoimmune reaction to your breast implants.
The FDA found an association between textured implants and a type of cancer called breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma. This led to the removal of these implants from the market. Fortunately, Dr. Earle’s vigilance ensured that none of his patients received these unsafe implants.
What are the Symptoms of Breast Implant Illness?
The most common symptoms of BII include fatigue, memory problems, rash, and joint pain. The symptoms resemble several autoimmune conditions. Some research indicates that the symptoms may indicate an autoimmune reaction to the implants.
How is Breast Implant Illness Treated?
“The most effective treatment for BII is the removal of the implant,” says Dr. Natalia Vidal, Miami Plastic Surgeon. You may see your symptoms improve within a few days to weeks after removal, although you may not see the improvement until you heal from your procedure.