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Breast Implant Illness

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At Jandali Plastic Surgery in Trumbull, Connecticut, we are dedicated to providing comprehensive care for individuals dealing with the potential complications of breast implants, such as Breast Implant Illness (BII). We focus on delivering personalized care that addresses your concerns and enhances your well-being.

Breast Implant Illness (BII) is a term used to describe various symptoms that some women with breast implants report experiencing. While some doctors and researchers dispute the existence of BII, many women who have undergone breast augmentation or breast reconstruction surgery report experiencing these symptoms and attribute them to their breast implants.

What is Breast Implant Illness (BII)?

Breast Implant Illness (BII) is a term used to describe a range of symptoms that some women with breast implants report experiencing. These symptoms can vary from person to person, including fatigue, joint pain, brain fog, rashes, hair loss, etc.

It is important to note that not all women with breast implants will experience BII symptoms, and the severity of symptoms can vary widely. Additionally, some women may experience symptoms unrelated to their breast implants.

What are the Symptoms of Breast Implant Illness?

The symptoms of Breast Implant Illness can vary widely, but some of the most commonly reported symptoms include:

  • Fatigue
  • Joint pain and muscle aches
  • Brain fog and cognitive difficulties
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Rash or skin irritation
  • Hair loss
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Digestive issues

It is important to note that a variety of factors can cause these symptoms, and not all women with breast implants will experience BII symptoms.

What Causes Breast Implant Illness?

The exact causes of BII are not yet fully understood, and research in this area is ongoing. However, there are several theories about what may contribute to developing BII symptoms in some women.

One theory is that the body may mount an immune response to the breast implants themselves. This immune response could lead to inflammation and other symptoms, such as joint pain, fatigue, and cognitive difficulties.

Another theory is that some women may be sensitive or allergic to certain components of breast implants, such as silicone or heavy metals. This sensitivity or allergy could lead to various symptoms, including skin rashes, hives, and respiratory problems. Other factors, such as genetics, environmental exposures, and lifestyle factors, may play a role in the development of BII symptoms.

What are the Treatment Options for Breast Implant Illness in Connecticut?

Suppose you are experiencing symptoms that you believe may be related to your breast implants. In that case, it is important to speak with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jandali to discuss whether your symptoms could be related to your breast implants or if there may be another underlying cause.

Treatment options may include:

  • Removal of breast implants: In some cases, removing the breast implants may be the best course of action to alleviate symptoms. This may be done either through explantation surgery or en bloc capsulectomy, which involves removing the implants and the surrounding scar tissue as a single unit.
  • Treatment of underlying conditions: If your symptoms are related to an underlying condition, such as an autoimmune disorder or thyroid dysfunction, treating that condition may help alleviate your symptoms.
  • Supportive care: Your doctor may recommend supportive care, such as physical therapy or counseling, to help manage your symptoms.
  • Lifestyle changes: Making certain lifestyle changes, such as reducing stress, improving sleep habits, and eating a healthy diet, may also help alleviate BII symptoms.

It is important to note that there is currently no definitive cure for BII, and treatment options may vary depending on the individual case.

Capsulectomy Surgery to Remove Implants Causing Breast Implant Illness in Connecticut

The process of removing breast implants for BII involves the removal of the implants and any scar tissue (capsule) that has formed around them. This procedure is called an explantation and an en bloc capsulectomy (removing the entire capsule). It is performed under general anesthesia and generally takes 2-3 hours.

During the procedure, an incision will be made to access the breast implant and scar tissue/capsule. Sometimes this incision needs to be longer than the original scar to give enough access. The implant is then removed, often along with the entire capsule (en bloc capsulectomy). If the implant was placed underneath the pectoralis muscle, the muscle may need to be re-inserted back to its normal position on the chest. If the breast implants were inserted for cosmetic purposes, sometimes a breast lift needs to be performed to give a better shape to the breasts that implants have stretched out for years. If the implants were inserted after mastectomy and breast reconstruction, a patient’s own tissue from their lower abdomen (DIEP flaps) can be used instead of implants. During your consultation with Dr. Jandali, he will discuss the option of DIEP flaps after implant removal for breast implant illness.

Recovery after Capsulectomy and Implant Removal for Breast Implant Illness

Recovery from breast implant removal for BII varies from patient to patient, depending on the surgery performed and individual healing factors. Drains are usually placed with the surgery and can be in for 1-2 weeks. Patients may experience some discomfort, bruising, and swelling for a few days following the procedure, but these symptoms typically subside within a week or two.

Following all post-operative instructions carefully is important to ensure a smooth recovery. This will include avoiding strenuous activities for a few weeks and possibly wearing a compression garment to help reduce swelling. 

Attending follow-up appointments with our office is also essential to monitor your progress and ensure that you are healing properly.

Frequently Asked Questions

How common is Breast Implant Illness?

The exact prevalence of BII is currently unknown. However, it is estimated that a small percentage of women with breast implants may experience symptoms of BII.

Can Breast Implant Illness be diagnosed?

There is currently no specific diagnostic test for BII. Doctors typically make a diagnosis based on the patient’s symptoms and medical history and by ruling out other possible causes of their symptoms.

Are there any long-term effects of Breast Implant Illness?

The long-term effects of BII are not well understood. Some women report a significant improvement in their symptoms after removing their implants, while others continue to experience symptoms.

Are breast implants safe?

Breast implants have been approved by regulatory agencies and are considered safe for most women. However, as with any medical procedure, there are risks involved, and women should carefully consider the potential risks and benefits before getting breast implants.

Your Journey Towards Recovery from Breast Implant Illness

Taking the step to address Breast Implant Illness by removing your breast implants can be transformative. This decision could mark the turning point in your journey towards improved health and well-being. If you suspect that you are suffering from symptoms associated with Breast Implant Illness, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jandali. This vital discussion will allow you to explore the potential benefits and implications of implant removal specific to your circumstances.

With personalized care, empathetic support, and top-tier expertise, we are dedicated to helping you navigate through this significant health decision. The goal is to help you reclaim your quality of life, enhance your health, and boost your overall well-being.

Take control of your health journey today. Contact us at (203) 374-0310 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Jandali. It’s time to prioritize your health and initiate the transformative steps toward a symptom-free life. Remember, at Jandali Plastic Surgery, your well-being is our utmost priority, and we are committed to being your trusted partner on this journey.

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