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Breast Implant Illness Symptoms

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Breast augmentation has long been a popular cosmetic procedure, providing countless individuals with enhanced self-esteem and confidence. However, in recent years, concerns have emerged surrounding a phenomenon known as Breast Implant Illness (BII). This condition refers to a collection of symptoms reported by some individuals with breast implants, raising questions about the safety and long-term effects of these cosmetic enhancements. While science does not yet have an explanation for the condition, its prevalence is undisputed.  Let’s take a look at what symptoms are reported by people who have Breast Implant Illness

Symptoms of Breast Implant Illness

The symptoms of Breast Implant Illness can vary widely among affected individuals, making it a challenging condition to diagnose. Some common symptoms reported by those who believe they are experiencing BII include:

  1. Fatigue: Persistent and unexplained fatigue is a frequent complaint among individuals with Breast Implant Illness. This symptom can significantly impact daily life, making routine tasks more challenging.  When you feel like you can’t even get out of bed in the morning due to fatigue on a routine basis, there is likely an underlying cause that needs to be investigated.

  2. Joint and Muscle Pain: Many individuals with breast implants report experiencing pain and discomfort in their joints and muscles. This can manifest as generalized aches or more specific pain in certain areas of the body.  In some people these pain symptoms of breast implant illness can be totally debilitating.

  3. Cognitive Dysfunction: Cognitive issues, often referred to as “brain fog,” are reported by some individuals with BII. This may include difficulty concentrating, memory problems, and overall cognitive impairment.  Many women feel like they are losing their minds, or as if they are developing dementia because they cannot recall simple things.

  4. Gastrointestinal Problems: Digestive issues, such as bloating, constipation, or diarrhea, are among the reported symptoms of Breast Implant Illness. These problems can contribute to a sense of overall discomfort, or can make eating a simple meal a frightening experience because of the dreaded bloating and pain associated with eating.

  5. Skin Problems: Skin rashes, redness, and changes in skin texture have been noted by some individuals with breast implants. These dermatological symptoms may be indicative of an underlying issue related to the implants.

  6. Autoimmune-Like Symptoms: BII has been associated with symptoms that mimic autoimmune disorders, such as joint swelling, inflammation, and an increased susceptibility to infections.  Doctors have begun to take note of these complaints, possibly implying that there is some immune involvement causing the symptoms of Breast Implant Illness/

Research Insights Into BII

Research on Breast Implant Illness is ongoing, and the medical community continues to explore the potential links between breast implants and the reported symptoms. Some key findings and considerations include:

  1. Lack of Consensus: While some studies suggest an association between breast implants and certain symptoms, there is currently no consensus within the medical community regarding the existence of Breast Implant Illness as a distinct medical condition.  Many plastic surgeons and primary care physicians can be downright dismissive of the symptoms, claiming that it is “all in your head.”  There is nothing more frustrating than not to be taken seriously by your physician when you are experiencing these very real symptoms.

  2. Inflammatory Response: Some researchers theorize that the symptoms associated with BII may be linked to an inflammatory response triggered by the presence of breast implants. This hypothesis is based on the observation of elevated levels of inflammatory markers in some affected individuals.

  3. Implant Material and Texture: The type of implant material and its texture may play a role in the development of symptoms. Textured implants, in particular, have been scrutinized, with some studies suggesting a higher risk of complications compared to smooth implants.

  4. Role of Autoimmunity: There is ongoing research into the potential connection between breast implants and autoimmune diseases. Some studies suggest an increased risk of certain autoimmune conditions in individuals with breast implants, while others find no significant correlation.  There may also be a link to an immune condition known as Mast Cell Activation Syndrome which has many of the same symptoms as BII.

  5. Patient Reported Outcomes: Patient reported outcomes (PROs) play a crucial role in understanding the impact of breast implants on individuals’ health. Longitudinal studies tracking patients over an extended period are essential to comprehensively assess the safety of these cosmetic devices.  It is indicated by many of these studies that BII appears to only affect a sub-population of the total number of implant recipients.

 

Breast Implant Illness remains a controversial and complex topic within the medical community. While some individuals report experiencing symptoms they attribute to their breast implants, the scientific evidence supporting a direct link is still inconclusive. Ongoing research aims to unravel the mysteries surrounding BII, examining factors such as implant type, material, and potential immune system responses. As the medical community continues to investigate, individuals considering or currently living with breast implants should remain informed about the latest research findings and engage in open communication with their healthcare providers to make informed decisions about their health and well-being.

Breast Implant Illness Treatment

Treatment for breast implant illness can vary from one patient to the next.  Many women opt to get their implants removed, while others are hesitant to do so.  It is an individualized choice.

Once implants are out, lymphatic massage or electro-lymphatic therapy can help to pull the toxic substances out of the tissues so that the body can excrete them through urine or feces.  Many people feel that lymphatic therapy is a tremendous help after an explant, and feel that they improve quicker.  Some people notice that they have an unusual smell to their urine after therapy, indicating that these substances are being removed.


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Plastic Surgery?

Recover Faster with

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FROM A LICENSED PROFESSIONAL
WHO SPECIALIZES IN POST-OP MASSAGE
To Help Get rid of those lumps

 

Didn’t Have Surgery?

Feel Better Today With a
Lymphatic Detox Massage

or
Get Relief for Your Swelling

 

 

Shannon Goins-Blair LANA Certified Lymphedema Therapist and Functional Medicine Coach
Shannon Goins-Blair, CLT-LANA
Certified Lymphedema Therapist
Board Certified LMT
Certified Alternative Wellness Practitioner
and
Certified Integrative Health Practitioner, L2

Terapeuta linfática certificada
LMT certificado por la junta

Having Trouble Making Your Appointment?

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Am I the Right Therapist for You?

 
 

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Doy la bienvenida a los clientes
que hablan español.

Si no habla inglés, envíeme un mensaje de texto al 505-554-5185 o correo electrónico en español.

¡No hablo mucho español, pero estoy aprendiendo!

Puedo comunicarme contigo usando el traductor de google. Muchos de mis clientes no hablan inglés y no tengo problemas para comunicarme con ellos.

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