Sometimes Bigger is Not Better: Breast Implant Illness
on December 15th, 2019
Fatigue, chest pain, headaches, chills, rash, brain fog, sleep disturbance, neurologic issues and hormonal issues. These are among some of the variety of symptoms that women with breast implants have self-reported.
Since there have been over 50,000 women who have reported symptoms as these, the term that has been assigned to the cluster of symptoms is Breast Implant Illness.
Although there is no scientifically proven direct link between these issues and breast implants, the current sentiment is that the symptoms may be related to the implants-- saline or silicone, textured or smooth. Some studies suggest that the link between breast implants and systemic disease has existed and reported in the scientific literature since the 1960s. Other studies report that there may be a link between breast implants and autoimmune disease. Some surgeons have ceased to perform the operation to insert breast implants. Yet, there is a lack of evidence to suggest that the implants are either a direct cause of or a significant contributor to illness. Research is ongoing.
Regardless of whether you currently have breast implants or if you are considering them, be vigilant. Be aware of the risks, limitations, and potential complications of the procedure, both short term and long term. It is worthwhile to put your best self forward. However, if it is discovered that breast implants may cause illness, there is no need to suffer for beauty.
If you have undergone breast enhancement surgery or augmentation or are considering it, please talk to your surgeon about not only the benefits, but also the short term and long term risks, limitations, and potential complications. An educated consumer is quintessential to a fabulous outcome!