Brooks Plastic Surgery
Christopher Brooks, MD
Plastic Surgery located in Hollywood, FL
For many women, breast augmentation is an outstanding way to feel more confident or restore breast shape and size after certain medical procedures. Some, however, develop a condition known as breast implant illness, which is an area of focus for Christopher Brooks, MD, of Brooks Plastic Surgery in Hollywood, Florida. If you experience unusual symptoms following breast augmentation, schedule a visit online or by phone to explore treatment options.
Breast Implant Illness Q & A
What is breast implant illness?
Breast implant illness is a condition that can develop after having breast augmentation surgery. While most women who have augmentation recover without issue and are very happy with their results, some begin to experience troubling symptoms after their procedure.
Researchers are still working to determine the exact cause of breast implant illness. A growing body of evidence supports the theory that a woman’s immune system might launch a strong reaction to some of the materials used in breast implants. This reaction could include widespread inflammation that could cause or worsen symptoms.
This concept is known as autoimmune/inflammatory syndrome induced by adjuvants (ASIA). It’s possible that some women have a genetic predisposition to this type of immune reaction.
What are some signs I might have breast implant illness?
Knowing what to look for can help you decide when to schedule a diagnostic exam. Some of the signs and symptoms of breast implant illness include:
- Joint and muscle pain
- Sleep disruption
- Hair loss
- Chronic fatigue
- Breathing problems
- Issues with memory and concentration
- Gastrointestinal issues
Breast implant illness is linked to a wide range of symptoms, which is part of why the condition is so challenging to diagnose. Your physician will likely run a number of tests to rule out other conditions before determining if you have breast implant illness.
What are some treatment options for breast implant illness?
The primary treatment for breast implant illness is surgical implant removal. The capsule of scar tissue that forms around implants may also be removed at the same time to reduce the risk of implant materials entering more of your tissues.
If this procedure is necessary, Dr. Brooks will work with you to discuss options for creating an attractive breast shape as part of the procedure. Every effort is made to reduce scarring and deliver the best possible aesthetic outcomes. Most women are advised to avoid replacing their implants in an effort to avoid additional negative reactions.
If you’d like more information about breast implant illness and treatment options, call Brooks Plastic Surgery today to schedule a visit. Online booking is also available and takes just moments to complete.