For the longest time, breast implants have been considered entirely safe and healthy. But over the past decades, it has become increasingly clear that many women suffer from various systemic health problems after receiving breast implants. Breast implant illness is a very real and serious condition that can only be resolved with breast implant removal.
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
- Memory loss
- Brain fog
- Chronic fatigue
- Concentration problems
- Dry eyes
- Impaired vision
- Hair loss
- Skin problems
- 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.
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.
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.