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Breast Augmentation

Breast Implant Illness

Ms Jane Cameron Park, CA
6 months ago

I have been tested by every doctor I can find and had blood, urine, and heart tests. I have no other medical issues. Yet I am losing hair, have chronic insomnia and chronic breast pain since revision on 19 Sept. I am positive I have Breast Implant Illness and need advice as to how to fix this.


Gary Tuma, MD FACS Pennington, NJ
6 months ago

There is no absolute data to confirm breast implant illness. It would also be uncommon so soon after revision to have these symptoms. Also had you had implants prior? As you stated revision in sept. I would look into other reasons for stress in your life. If all else fails then have you implants removed and see if symptoms improve. There is no one who will guarantee that this will improve symptoms. Good luck.

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J. Gerald Minniti, MD Beverly Hills, CA
6 months ago

Research has shown that no amount of data can change peoples’ minds, and you seem to be certain with your diagnosis, so I won’t try, other than to say that breast implant illness is as real as a flat Earth. You should know though that you could have all of these issues with a similar surgery that didn’t involve breast implants. If you really want to be ‘fixed’, just take your implants out. Best of luck!

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Debra Johnson, MD Sacramento, CA
6 months ago
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Breast Implant Illness is not a disease that can be diagnosed by testing. Some women with breast implants have concerns that various symptoms they have might be related to their implants. There are certainly Facebook groups and chat rooms devoted to Breast Implant Illness although it as yet has not been scientifically proven to exist. Prior studies aimed at whether autoimmune diseases such as scleroderma or lupus could be related to implants showed no increased risk of disease in women with implants versus without. Removal of implants cannot guarantee that symptoms will resolve. However, you chose to have implants placed and you can choose to have them removed, although you have to realize that surgical removal carries some risk of complications and deformity, as well as expense, and may not improve your symptoms. Talk to your plastic surgeon.

Your symptoms sound like they may indicate a thyroid problem and certainly chronic stress. "Breast implant illness" is not

a known disease though your symptoms are real. Removing the implants is worth considering to eliminate that worry, and focus on your symptoms. An endocrinologist may he helpful.

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Gregory Sexton, MD Columbia, SC
6 months ago

As you can see, all of the answers prior to this are telling you in a nice way that they do not believe your implants are causing your symptoms.

I recommend strongly that you read a book called "Undoctored".

Good luck.

Nelson Castillo, MD Atlanta, GA
6 months ago

Thank you for sharing your question and I am sorry to hear of your medical issues. Assuming you feel that your implants are the cause, simply have them removed (often with an in-office procedure) for a test of improvement. Best wishes.

Katerina Gallus, MD San Diego, CA
6 months ago
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Hello and thank you for your question. I am sorry you are having health issues and are unable to determine a cause or a cure. My advice is to seek the care of a board certified plastic surgeon who can evaluate you in person. Understanding that there is no test for Breast Implant Illness and that implant removal may or may not improve your symptoms is critical in moving forward with a plan to remove your implants. Making an informed choice will help you decide the best plan moving forward. Good luck!

Jon Ver Halen, MD Colleyville, TX
6 months ago
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Hello and thank you for your excellent question. If you cannot find any reason for your illness aside from your breast implants, then it may be reasonable to have them removed. It is best to answer your question during a face-to-face evaluation, when you can discuss your goals and expectations for the procedure, and you can have a physical examination to evaluate for that procedure. I recommend that you find a board-certified, or board-eligible plastic surgeon with whom you are comfortable. Be sure to have all of your questions answered during a face-to-face meeting with your surgeon, and review before and after pictures of similar patients whom have had this procedure. If you have any questions, call our office for assistance. Good luck!




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