Even though breast implant illness is not yet recognized as a medical diagnosis, some experts believe that certain types of implants may be more likely to cause symptoms than others and that the body's immune response to the implants may play a role in developing symptoms. These symptoms range from fatigue and joint pain to hair loss and skin rashes.

What is Breast Implant Illness? 

Breast implant illness (BII) is a term used to describe a range of symptoms that some women experience after getting breast implants. These symptoms can be physical or psychological and can vary in severity. While more research is needed to understand the relationship between breast implants and illness fully, it is essential for women to be aware of the potential risks.

    Treatment Options

    The most effective treatment for Breast Implant Illness in Orange County is to remove the breast implants through explantation. 

    During these highly personalized procedures, Dr. Esmailian removes the implant as well as silicone material from leaks and the breast capsule, which is the scar tissue that forms after implant placement. A breast implant removal requires an incision along the lower fold of your breast or around or below the areola.

    Explantation can be done with or without a breast lift based on your needs. Most patients can resume work and normal activities within a few weeks.

    Causes and Symptoms

    The exact cause of BII is not yet fully understood. However, some women believe their symptoms are related to the materials used in their breast implants, such as silicone or saline. Others believe that their symptoms are related to an autoimmune response triggered by the presence of the implants in their bodies.

    While there is no definitive evidence linking breast implants to BII, some studies have suggested that there may be a connection. For example, a study published in the Annals of Plastic Surgery found that women with silicone breast implants were likelier to report symptoms of autoimmune or connective tissue diseases than those without breast implants.

    Some of the most common symptoms reported include the following:

    • Fatigue
    • Joint pain
    • Muscle pain
    • Brain fog
    • Depression
    • Anxiety
    • Insomnia
    • Memory problems
    • Headaches
    • Hair loss
    • Weight gain or loss
    • Skin rashes

    It's important to note that most women with breast implants do not experience any symptoms of BII. However, if you are experiencing any symptoms related to your breast implants, you must see a medical professional for an evaluation.

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    Why Choose Dr. Esmailian? 

    While breast implants offer longevity, they are not intended to last forever. As such, many women require an explantation procedure or secondary breast augmentation, whether or not they have breast implant illness.

    Many women in and around Orange County choose Dr. Farbod Esmailian to perform their revision or removal surgeries because these procedures are typically more complex than initial augmentations are. Since Dr. Esmailian is a highly-qualified, double-board certified plastic surgeon who specializes in breast procedures, including breast revisions, his patients know he has the skills necessary to provide them with the beautiful breasts they desire. 

    Contact us today to find out more about breast implant illness in Orange County, and our revision options.

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