Breast Implant Illness – Signs to watch out for

BII Breast Implant Illness

Breast implant illness (BII) is a term used to describe a set of symptoms that some women report experiencing after having breast implants.

Currently, BII is not an officially recognized medical diagnosis, and there is ongoing debate and research around the potential link between breast implants and BII. Some experts believe that the symptoms may be related to an immune or autoimmune response to breast implants, while others suggest that they may be caused by other factors such as infection or inflammation.

It is important to note that not all women who receive breast implants experience BII, and the condition can be difficult to diagnose because the symptoms are often non-specific and can overlap with other health conditions.

If you are experiencing symptoms after receiving breast implants, it is important to speak with your doctor to determine the cause and appropriate treatment.

What are the symptoms of BLL?

The symptoms of breast implant illness can vary from person to person and may develop at any time after breast implant procedures.

Some of the most commonly reported symptoms include:

• Fatigue or chronic fatigue
• Joint and muscle pain
• Brain fog or difficulty concentrating
• Skin rashes or other skin changes
• Hair loss or changes in hair texture
• Anxiety, depression, or mood changes
• Autoimmune symptoms like swollen lymph nodes, fever, and body aches
• Insomnia or trouble sleeping
• Digestive problems such as bloating, constipation, or diarrhoea
• Respiratory symptoms like coughing, wheezing, or shortness of breath

Now, these symptoms are not unique to BII and can be caused by a wide range of conditions, including Lymm disease which is why it’s important to seek medical advice if you are worried.

How is BII treated?

The treatment for breast implant illness (BII) depends on the specific symptoms and severity of the condition.

There is no specific cure for BII, but the goal of treatment is to alleviate the symptoms and improve the overall quality of life. Some treatment options that may be recommended by a doctor include:

Removal: The removal of breast implants can be an effective way to alleviate symptoms in some cases. This involves surgical removal of the breast implants and any scar tissue that has formed around them.

Symptomatic treatment: This can involve the use of medications to alleviate specific symptoms, such as pain medication for joint and muscle pain or anti-inflammatory medication for skin rashes and other inflammatory symptoms.

Dietary changes: Some women find relief from symptoms by making dietary changes such as avoiding certain foods, adopting an anti-inflammatory diet, or taking supplements.

Lifestyle changes: Getting enough rest, exercising, and managing stress can help improve symptoms and overall health.

If you are concerned about BII or would like to book a breast health screening contact our experts at Implant Health.

Worried about your breast implants?

If you’re worried about your implants, we can help.

The benefits of breast implant checks include the early detection of implant-related problems and the ability to monitor how your breast and implant change over time.

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