Should I Be Worried about Breast Implant Illness?

If you have been considering breast augmentation, you have probably been doing a lot of research about different aspects of the procedure and living with implants. One of the trending concerns that is being raised is breast implant illness. Before getting too concerned and changing your plans for augmentation, get the facts about breast implant illness so you can make your own decision.

Breast Implant Illness Is Not Recognized

Breast implant illness is not a medically recognized disease or condition. Little is known about the effects of breast implants in the body, but the vast majority of women have no problems with their breast implants. Anecdotally, some women do have illness related to breast implants, and removing them sometimes resolves symptoms. 

There are no tests or diagnostic tools for breast implant illness. If you believe that your breast implants are making you sick, your best bet is to schedule appointments with both your primary care doctor and your plastic surgeon. Your family doctor will need to rule out other possible causes for your symptoms.

Symptoms of Breast Implant Illness

The symptoms of breast implant illness vary greatly, which makes studying the phenomenon even more difficult. Common symptoms include fatigue, pain in the breast, joint pain, anxiety, or cognitive problems (brain fog). However, there could be other causes for these symptoms. It will not be known if removing implants can reduce symptoms until it is attempted.

Breast Augmentation is Safe

By and large, breast augmentation is perfectly safe. While you have some potential complications that can be present with any surgery, breast augmentation is a relatively safe procedure. There are many different types of implants, and all of them are considered safe. If you have questions about the best breast implants for your procedure, talk to your plastic surgeon.

In the end, there is no reason to be worried about breast implant illness. If you haven’t gotten breast implants yet, you should not let this trending topic prevent you from going forward with your plans. If you have breast implants and are feeling fine, you don’t need to worry about breast implant illness. You will likely be one of the majority of women who have no issues with their implants.

If you have other questions about your upcoming breast augmentation, contact us today.