Breast Implant Illness
Hi Dr. I am scheduled to have surgery in December but I am very hesitant on going through with it. I have read a lot about implant illness and seen a lot of before and after pictures (before as in having implants and after as in getting them removed). What explains implant illness and how common is it? Thank you!
This is a great question and I'm so glad you asked it here. Disclaimers: I have silicone gel breast implants. I place silicone gel breast implants.
There is ZERO data linking silicone gel breast implants to any systemic illness and the symptoms of breast implant illness (BII) are vague. Said a different way, you can have all the symptoms of BII and never have had breast implants--fatigue, lethargy, hair loss, rashes, etc. Now...can I say it doesn't exist just because it hasn't been identified??--no, I can't.
I also believe there's a mind-body connection that western medicine doesn't understand well and if you believe you're going to get better after implant removal, then you will.
So, suffice it to say I think BII is uncommon and possibly not a true illness. But understand I'm biased in that if I thought I was hurting folks, I wouldn't do what I do.
I hope this helps and feel free to ask more questions.
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