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Breast Implant Illness

May 14, 2019 | Breast Implant Illness

No matter the reason a woman increases her breast size, she hopes to feel normal and more positive about the future afterward. So what about those who are reporting symptoms of “Breast Implant Illness?”  If you’re considering breast implants and have heard about this, there are a few things you should know.

Two Distinct Issues

The first issue, Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL), is a disease only found in 1 in 3000 women with textured silicone implants. The cause is unknown, but once the symptoms are noticed it should be reported to the physician. Symptoms include swelling of the breast, small lumps in the breast or armpit, firmness, or pain. This disease can be avoided by replacing the textured implant with a smooth implant.

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The second issue, commonly known as Breast Implant Illness (BII), does not have an official diagnosis or even much official data gathered about it–yet. The most common symptoms women are reporting include low energy, headache, memory loss, brain fog, hair loss, joint pain, swelling of glands/lymph nodes, recurrent infection, rash, thyroid/adrenals problems, and IBS.

On average, symptoms begin around the eighth year after surgery. Researchers continue to study reported cases of BII, but so far results are inconclusive. Many doctors are reluctant to make a diagnosis since the range of symptoms could indicate several different things.

The Right Doctor!

Worried about your doctor not listening to your concerns about your implants? You’ve got the wrong doctor! Dr. Agullo of Southwest Plastic Surgery understands that even without an official label, you need answers for your health crisis. Schedule a consult to discuss your symptoms and your options with a professional, caring physician and staff. Want more information about breast implants? Follow us on social media @RealDrWorldWide on Snapchat and Instagram, @Agullo on Twitter, or @AgulloPlasticSurgery on Facebook.