BII is an informal name used by some women – and even some doctors – to describe various inexplicable symptoms that, in rare cases, women may suffer after cosmetic breast augmentation or reconstructive breast surgery with implants. Researchers' present understanding of breast implant sickness is mainly based on self-identified symptoms and anecdotal information shared by women on social media on popular pages dedicated to the topic with their cosmetic surgeons, primary care doctors, and one another. BII appears to be linked to a wide range of potential health consequences. Physical and mental symptoms that are frequently mentioned include:
Following implant surgery, some women have anecdotally claimed unexplained chest pain, chills, sensitivity to light, and hormonal problems.
BII symptoms can appear at any time following implant surgery; some women report them early on, while others experience issues years later. If you have symptoms that you suspect are related to your implants, you should consult your primary care physician and Dr. Jeremy White. If your primary care doctor is unable to rule out other potential reasons for your symptoms, either by testing or unsuccessful treatment efforts, or both, you may be forced to consider implant removal.
There is currently not a lot of clinical data regarding what might cause breast implant illness. Some have proposed that it is related to silicone gel rupture while others have done recent studies to check if it is related to low grade bacterial infections in something called biofilms.
Regardless of the cause, some women with symptoms like fatigue that began after breast augmentation may improve after breast implant and capsule removal. Per the current scientific studies, patients do not appear to improve in their blood tests regarding autoimmune diseases after breast implant removal.
This begs the question as to whether these patients have a more severe form of disease that is not reversible or the autoimmune disease was not related to the breast implants themselves. Plastic surgery societies around the world are working hard to find the answers to these very difficult questions.
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