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

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