Can Breast Implants Cause Disease?
Breast implants have been desired and attained by millions of women throughout the years. In fact, year after year, breast augmentation has consistently remained at the top of all cosmetic surgeries in popularity and number of procedures performed. Many of these women find that their enhanced breasts give them just what they wanted: a boost in body confidence and a sense of femininity.
Breast Implant Illness
Every surgical procedure comes with inherent risks, and breast augmentation with implants is no different. In recent years, some women have reported symptoms of what has been called breast implant illness. While the evidence is, as of now, inconclusive, breast implant illness is thought to be caused by a negative immune response by the body or the release of certain compounds from the implants into the body.
What Are the Symptoms of Breast Implant Illness?
Although reported symptoms are quite varied, women who may be suffering from breast implant illness have complaints, such as:
- Digestive issues
- Recurring infections (such as sinus or yeast infections or UTI)
- Muscle aches and joint pain
- Rashes and skin pigment changes
- Pain around the chest wall or breasts
Presently there are no set diagnostic tests or enough clear evidence for a formal recognition of breast implant illness by the medical community.
Are Breast Implants Safe?
Yes. Breast implants were FDA approved in 1992, and after careful reviews of scientific studies, no link has been found between breast implants and autoimmune or other systemic diseases. While the possibility of breast implant illness is frightening, and rightfully so, it shouldn’t dissuade you from getting implants if you desire them. Breast implant illness is a risk, not a definite occurrence. Many women have implants for decades without any complications. As with anything, gaining knowledge is the best thing you can do for yourself. Listen to your body; if something doesn’t feel right, don’t wait for it to get worse. Be proactive, take the initiative, and schedule an appointment with a breast surgeon.
How Many Years Do Breast Implants Last?
Breast implants are not considered permanent. Studies have shown that implants last an average of 10 years. That said, some implants may rupture within the first few months or years, while others last more than 15 years. There is no way to know how long your implants will last; however, keeping a watchful eye can ensure that you will be prepared should any changes arise.
What to Do if You Suspect Breast Implant Illness
If you have already had breast implants and think you may be suffering from breast implant illness, there are several steps you should take first. It is important that you speak with your doctor to rule out the possibility of a hidden medical condition, as the reported symptoms of breast implant illness overlap with medical conditions like fibromyalgia or chronic stress.
If you have breast implants and are suffering from any unusual health conditions, you should seek advice from your surgeon immediately. Request a consultation with Dr. Doezie today by calling 949.481.9850.