BREAST IMPLANT ILLNESS

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Breast Implant Illness (BII)

Breast implant illness (BII) or breast implant sickness is a term used to refer to a wide range of symptoms that can develop after breast reconstruction or breast augmentation with breast implants. Breast implant illness or breast implant sickness can develop with any type of breast implant such as textured or smooth surface, saline or silicone, smooth surface, round or shaped.

Researchers don’t know why some women with breast implants develop BII. A leading theory, according to experts, is that some individuals are predisposed to having an immune reaction to the materials that are used to construct breast implants, creating inflammation that leads to symptoms such as joint and muscle pain, rashes, and gastrointestinal problems.

BII affects each individual in a unique way and some symptoms can include the following:

These symptoms can occur at any time after implant placement while others develop them years later. Many symptoms can be associated with connective tissue and autoimmune disorders such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, and Lupus. We have evaluated some individuals that have BII also get diagnosed with a specific autoimmune or connective tissue disorder but not always.

At Elite Plastic Surgery we have treated patients with BII who seek treatment because their symptoms interfere with their ability to function.

Currently there are no diagnostic tests to diagnose BII.

In many situations, surgery to remove the breast implants improves or eliminates symptoms of BII. Clinical trials are underway to improve our understanding of this disorder in order to diagnose and treat patients appropriately.

At Elite Plastic Surgery, we recommend a procedure called “en bloc capsulectomy” which is removing the implant and capsule in one piece. This can prevent silicone, biofilm (colonies of bacteria that stick to each other and the implant) or other substances that are within the capsule from escaping into the body.

At Elite Plastic Surgery our team will discuss the risks and benefits of the various surgical treatment approaches.

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