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! 

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  • 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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      Dr. Michelle Roughton Thanks so much for these answers... I have experienced some crazy hair shedding since having my surgery almost 10 mos ago, but I also have Hashimoto's. I was as careful as I knew to be about approaching this surgery with my condition, and got approval from my Endocrinologist, my general practitioner, and clearly my PS, before going thru with it... Is this just posibly a natural response from anesthesia, or something I may be more concerned about? After so close to a year after surgery, I wonder if Telogen effluvium is really the answer, but obviously bc I already have thyroid autoimmune disease, my Endocrinologist and dermatologist both blame the hair loss on that alone. I have never experienced this kind of shedding ever in my life, and i was diagnosed hypothyroid at barely 23... I'm now having to start using a Minoxidil treatment (per derm) even this long after surgery, just to try to slow the shedding. I've had no other issues, and with dietary changes, thus far, my antibodies have actually decreased. I'm just extremely confused about what may be happening here and how I can help myself stop it... I love and appreciate my doctors, I just hope that this isn't involved with my autoimmune disease, and of course, I realize that thyroid issues and thyroid medication treatments can cause hair loss... But I've been dealing with this for 9 years, have been on Synthroid, switched to Armour, then to a compounded form, and back to Synthroid, never once becoming "level". I see how easy it is to say it's definitely from my thyroid, in my case, but it's a whole new kind of experience for me, I'm shocked at 9 years I'd just be seeing it now... I also have denounced all types of hormonal BC to assure that wasn't the cause, and even resorted to my husband having a vasectomy to assure I'd never have to compromise my hormones further again... Any thoughts or advice, or situations you've seen? Thanks so much, in advance.

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      Dr. Michelle Roughton Thank you so much for helping confirm what my doctors have suggested to me! I understand that this may have happened to me regardless of the surgery...  Maybe I'll never really know, or totally understand... But it means so much to me to hear you address my issue, with further support in my suspicions...  I'm doing all I can to fight it, and of course, to correct my underlying issues... foremost. Thanks a bunch for sending me a direct, helpful answer!!! May I ask, is there any chance I might have been better off going with saline, and should other women be aware? I took all the precautions I believed anyone in my situation would have taken... I tried to be careful... is there any evidence that switching the silicone implants out for saline might change anything for me?? I know these questions are complicated... I appreciate your time and consideration πŸ™Dr.r. Michelle Roughton 

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    • Alisha. B. Honestly answer-- I have no way of knowing if you had chosen saline if you'd be in the same boat.  Gut answer--I'm nearly sure you'd have the same problems if you'd chosen saline.  πŸ™‚ Breast implants are THE MOST STUDIED device we place in people and no evidence linking them to autoimmune disease.  

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  • Thank you so much for taking time to respond!! It definitely helps me!! 

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