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Breast Implant Illness: What You Need to Know Parcells Plastic Surgery

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You've probably heard of breast implant illness (BII), but you may not know what it is or whether it affects you. BII is a complex set of symptoms that can occur in women with breast implants. Because it is not an official FDA medical diagnosis, it is challenging to study and treat. Additionally, there's no way to know who will experience this illness, but it's important to be aware of the potential risks. Women with smooth, textured, silicone, and saline implants have all complained of symptoms that align with BII.

What is Breast Implant Illness? Is Breast Implant Illness real?

Breast Implant Illness is a Illness is a multi-symptom illness that can include a wide variety of ailments that affect various organ systems and vary in severity. Breast Implant Illness can be debilitating and, in some cases, worsen over time.

What causes Breast Implant Illness?

Breast implant illness does not have a single cause, but it is thought to be the consequence of foreign materials in the body, such as silicone utilized in breast implants. Breast implant illness may manifest itself immediately following surgery or years later. Knowing the symptoms is critical to early detection and treatment.

What are the signs and symptoms of Breast Implant Illness?

Breast implant illness is a severe medical condition that can affect any woman. Signs and symptoms vary greatly from patient to patient, although they generally fall into two categories: minor and severe. The following are some of the more prevalent symptoms:

  • Fatigue
  • Brain fog or dizziness
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Memory problems
  • Hair loss
  • Rashes
  • Sleep disturbances or insomnia
  • Digestive issues

How common is Breast Implant Illness?

There is no simple solution to this problem, as there is no official list of women who have had breast implants. After hearing this, some ladies may be frightened to have breast implants, but it's worth noting that implant-related issues are uncommon. Millions of women have breast implants, and most do not experience any problems. Meeting for a consultation can help determine if breast implants are the right choice for you. Many women live happily with their implants, while other experience symptoms listed above. It's important to meet with a board-certified plastic surgeon you can trust and understand the risks and benefits of having implants placed to ultimately decide what is best for your body.

How to know if you're at a lower risk for Breast Implant Illness

If you're considering breast implants, there are a few things you can do to help lower your risk or what to look out for with developing Breast Implant Illness:

  • Choose a board-certified plastic surgeon who has experience performing the surgery you want. It's essential to find a surgeon with a significant focus in this area, not just a general surgeon.
  • Before deciding, ensure you are fully informed about breast implants' risks and benefits.
  • Ask your surgeon about their experience with breast implants and Breast Implant Illness.
  • Be sure to follow all of your surgeon's post-operative instructions.
  • Pay attention to your body and any changes you may notice after surgery.
  • If you experience any symptoms that concern you, contact your surgeon.

How are breast implants removed?

There are two main ways to remove breast implants: explant surgery and en bloc removal, or capsulectomy. Explant surgery is the most common type of removal surgery, and it involves removing the implant. En bloc, or total, capsulectomy involves removing the entire capsule of tissue that has formed around the implant. There are benefits and risks to total and en bloc capsulectomy.

Explant Surgery

Explant surgery is a relatively simple outpatient procedure that can be performed under general anesthesia. First, the surgeon will make an incision and remove the implant. The incision will then be closed with stitches. Drains may be placed to monitor fluid output in the implant space and are pulled in the office.


In some cases, the surgeon may also recommend a capsulotomy which is the removal of the scar tissue around the implant. This may be done as a partial capsulectomy or total en bloc capsulectomy. These procedures may be recommended if there is extensive scarring around the implant or if the implants are ruptured.

Recovery After Breast Implant Removal

Most women undergoing explant surgery will experience some soreness and swelling for a few days after the procedure. However, you will likely be able to return to work and your normal activities within a week. If you had a capsulotomy or capsulectomy, your recovery time might be slightly longer.

Don't hesitate to reach out if you think you're suffering from BII

If you think you may be suffering from Breast Implant Illness, please reach out to us or your doctor. Breast Implant Illness is a real and serious phenomenon, and it can be debilitating. Do not hesitate to reach out for help. The sooner you seek help, the sooner you can resolve the issue, and you could prevent severe side effects of BII.

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Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Alexis Parcells is here to educate and empower you to celebrate your natural beauty.

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