Breast Implant Illness Treatment
At the present time, breast implant illness is not an official, recognized medical diagnosis, although it is being recognized more often than in the past. In May 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a statement advising breast implant manufacturers and health authorities that they are “taking steps to better characterize breast implant illness (BII) and its risk factors.”
While it may not be a recognized medical condition, breast implant illness is a very real complication that can occur any time after receiving breast implant surgery. No specific studies have been completed as of yet that address the condition, but common symptoms that women report include:
- Chronic fatigue
- Joint and muscle pain
- Breathing problems
- Sleep disturbances
- Rashes and other skin problems
- Hair loss
- Gastrointestinal problems
Some women develop these symptoms immediately after breast implant surgery while others do not until years later. There seems to be no common link to the type of implant involved, as women with saline and silicone implants alike have reported breast implant illness.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Breast Implant Illness
Diagnosis of breast implant illness is difficult, due to the symptoms also being common for a variety of other illnesses and conditions. Only after extensive testing for other medical problems do many medical authorities turn to a diagnosis of breast implant illness as a possibility. The only real treatment for BII is the removal of breast implants and the surrounding scar tissue capsules. Removal of the scar tissue capsules seems to be a key part of successfully remedying the symptoms.
Dr. Erez Dayan does not recommend replacing your implants with new ones after having them removed for BII. He is a skilled and talented cosmetic plastic and reconstructive surgeon who can recommend other contouring options for your breasts, such as fat grafting. Dr. Dayan does remove breast implants for breast implant illness when the combined symptoms interfere with a patient’s ability to function and live a productive life.
Do you suspect you may have breast implant illness? Contact Avance Plastic Surgery Institute in Reno/Tahoe, NV, for a consultation to discuss your concerns with Dr. Dayan today.
Dr. Erez Dayan has completed extensive research on the evidence related to Silicone Implant Illness. Please read Dr. Dayan’s research paper – Silicone Implant Illness: Science Versus Myth? – here.