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What is breast implant illness?

Breast implant illness (BII) is an autoimmune disorder that affects women who have undergone breast augmentation with implants. The implant can trigger numerous side effects and a response from the immune system, leading to a wide range of symptoms with different levels of severity. The symptoms of breast implant illness are often attributed to the natural aging process or other health conditions, especially since this condition affects everyone differently.

Possible signs and symptoms of breast implant illness:

  • Joint pain
  • Chronic pain
  • Muscle pain
  • Muscle weakness
  • Chest pain
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Memory loss
  • Brain fog
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Concentration problems
  • Dry eyes
  • Impaired vision
  • Hair loss
  • Skin problems
  • Rashes
  • Thyroid problems
  • Digestive problems

The symptoms of breast implant illness are often attributed to the natural aging process or other underlying medical conditions, such as chronic Lyme disease, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, mononucleosis, Sjogren’s syndrome, and various others. If you’ve tested negative for other medical conditions, there’s a strong chance you’re dealing with breast implant illness, especially if the symptoms started appearing shortly after your implant procedure.

Have you been experiencing inexplicable health problems after your breast implant procedure? You’re not alone.

Have you been experiencing a wide range of inexplicable health problems shortly after your breast implant procedure? If so, you’re far from alone. Breast implant illness can lead to wide-ranging symptoms that can resemble signs of aging or other health conditions, such as hair loss, chest pain, dry eyes, skin rashes, chronic fatigue, and more. As a breast implant illness advocate, Dr. Khan avoids breast implants and specializes in en bloc explants to help you recover your health.

You might be suffering from breast implant illness if:

  • Your symptoms started appearing 3 months after your implant procedure
  • Your breast implants could be ruptured
  • Your medical doctor can’t figure out the root cause of your symptoms
  • You have tested negative for other medical conditions, such as arthritis, Lyme disease, etc.
  • You had red breasts during breastfeeding
  • Your breast implant incision is through the areola or armpits

If you identify with the statements mentioned above, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have breast implant illness. Currently, there are no definitive tests for breast implant illness. But if you identify with these statements and also exhibit the possible signs and symptoms of BII, you should definitely consult Dr. Khan to explore your options.

What causes breast implant illness?

The precise root cause of breast implant illness isn’t well documented yet. But researchers cite three possible reasons for breast implant illness — an autoimmune reaction, silicone leakage, and a biofilm infection.

Autoimmune Reaction

The human body can develop an autoimmune or inflammatory response to foreign bodies — this is known as the human adjuvant disease. The silicone implant and other foreign materials used in the implant can trigger inflammatory reactions that cause physical discomfort.

Silicone Leakage

When silicone breast implants get old, they may rupture. The silicone can leak into the surrounding tissues and spread to the muscles, breast, and lymph nodes, leading to possible calcifications, granulomas, and inflammation.

Biofilm Infection

When the surface of the implant comes in contact with bacteria, it leads to biofilm formation on the surface of the implant. The bacteria responsible for biofilm formation are present throughout the body, so there’s a high risk of autoimmune symptoms.

Breast implant removal: the only reliable solution to breast implant illness

Breast implant removal, also known as an explant surgery, is the only reliable solution to breast implant illness. Dr. Khan specializes in en bloc explant procedures to remove the complete implant and the scar tissues surrounding the implant. Once the implant is removed, some patients immediately feel better, and others feel better after a few weeks and months. Most patients feel their bodies are easier to control after the procedure.

Why choose Dr. Khan?

Dr. Shaher Khan is a breast implant illness advocate and a specialist in en bloc explant procedures. He strictly avoids breast implant procedures and only offers autologous procedures for augmentation and reconstruction. He can also explore other options to optimize your appearance after removing the implant. Please schedule a consultation with Dr. Khan if you notice the signs and symptoms of breast implant illness.

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