Introduction to Breast Implant Illness
The two types of breast implants used today are saline and silicone implants. Interestingly, breast implants continue to become increasingly popular in the cosmetic industry. Within the last year alone, more than 375,000 females underwent breast augmentation surgery. Of these patients, nearly a quarter required implant augmentation for reconstructive surgery following breast cancer surgery.
Over the past few years, there have been cases of symptoms following implants. Thus, breast implant illness (BII) refers to the array of symptoms that some women with breast implants have complained of, and for which no other cause has been identified.
Possible Symptoms of Breast Implant Illness
|Aching joints and muscles|
Continuing bacterial, viral,
Easy bruising and slower healing
|Fevers and night sweats|
Gastrointestinal issues (i.e. acid reflux)
Insomnia and sleeping problems
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
|Liver and kidney dysfunction|
Lyme disease symptoms
Pain or burning around the implant
Rapid or abnormal heart rhythms
Skin rashes and discoloration
Sudden food intolerance and allergies
|Swollen lymph nodes|
Symptoms of BIA-ALCL
Symptoms of EBV and fibromyalgia
Toxic shock symptoms
Yeast infections, candida,
Are Silicone Implants Causing Breast Implant Illness?
Evidently, there is no scientific support that silicone implants cause BII. Currently, the FDA only supports the condition of scar tissue being formed due to silicone exposure. Additionally, this scar tissue irritates the breast and causes pain. This is because of silicone bleeding and can happen without any obvious breaks to the implant.
Furthermore, implant companies have tried to avoid this by making the solid silicone shell thicker. Regardless, it cannot be denied that patients with the above symptoms do exist. Interestingly, women who undergo implant removal have then been documented to have their symptoms improve! As such, breast implant illness cannot be ignored by the medical community.
Breast Implants with Dr Laguna
If you are suffering from any of the above implant illness symptoms, then please book a free consultation with Dr Laguna to be enrolled into our implant illness program, and also educated on our comprehensive approach to treating breast implant illness syndrome. Dr. Laguna has performed hundreds of Breast Implant surgeries and his results speak for themselves!