What causes Breast Implant Illness
Presently, there is no diagnostic testing available specifically for BII. However, there is ample peripheral evidence that the introduction and long-term residence of foreign bodies within the body may develop a host of localized or systemic conditions. Persons with BII describe a variety of symptoms including brain fog, anxiety, depression and hormonal changes. If you suspect you may have BII, or are suffering from a combination of symptoms attributable to BII, the best first step to take is consulting a primary physician who can rule out the presence of other possible sources. If traditional medical care fails to resolve it — or if following your own careful research you have determined you may have BII — the next recommended step is to see your cosmetic surgeon for a personal consultation.
A BII Specialist of World Renown
Dr. Rahban is an internationally respected board-certified cosmetic surgeon familiar with breast implant illness. In your consultation, he will assess your medical history and all available clinical data. In preparation for this visit, it is best to bring all labs and x-rays from your original breast implant procedure if you have or can get them, as well as any significant developments since then. If you are unable to get this, a personal consultation can still prove invaluable. Dr. Rahban will review your case personally and recommend the smartest steps to take going forward. Should this include explant or the removal or the breast implants, Dr. Rahban is uniquely qualified to do so.
Symptoms of Breast Implant Illness
Symptoms of breast implant illness can range from localized pain and discomfort to more complex systemic issues. As patients present and data is pooled and studied, some of the more common symptoms and conditions associated with BII include the following. It is important to understand that the presence of one or even several of these symptoms does not necessarily automatically indicate breast implant illness, and it should be hopeful to know that even if it does, Dr. Rady Rahban can effectively help you to address it.
Here are the symptoms typically associated with BII:
- Arthralgia (Joint pain)
- Brain fog
- Cognitive impairment; difficulties in focus or concentration
- Heart palpitations
- Myalgias (deep, constant, dull aches in the muscles)
- Pyrexia (fever and chills)
- Sinus infection
- Swollen and tender lymph nodes
Can breast implant illness be treated?
Yes. Patients report everything from mild to moderate reduction of the symptoms they were experiencing, to full and vibrant recovery. Currently, there is no definitive evidence supporting a direct link between implants and any particular disease — however, this is not to say that the science is complete, nor that further research isn’t called for, nor that the symptoms experienced by patients aren’t real. Multiple options are available to patients with breast implant illness (BII), including:
- Breast Implant Removal
- Care from a Primary Physician or Rheumatologist
- Replacement or Exchange of Implants
- En Bloc Capsulectomy
Current scientific research hopes to discover what symptoms exactly present with what forms or stages of BII in order to better advise patients as to who would be most likely to experience partial or total recovery and resolution of symptoms after explant.
As clinical research is yet to be completed, the recommended best practice approach is a personal consultation with a cosmetic surgeon very familiar with breast implant illness, its symptoms, and its many resolution options. There is hope for persons who feel they are experiencing this condition and we will work with them personally to help them overcome them.
Come in for a Consultation with Dr. Rahban
When Dr. Rahban does a consultation with a prospective patient, he wants it to be two things above all others: thorough and honest. He will find out from you just what you want from cosmetic surgery. And he will tell you honestly if you can get the result you want, and how he can best help you do so.