While countless women enjoy breast implants without any complications, some suffer from breast implant illness (BII) at some point after breast augmentation. The symptoms can start shortly after surgery or many years later. BII is not a disease, as such, but a range of symptoms that some women experience after breast augmentation.
If you are experiencing the symptoms of breast implant illness in Scottsdale, you may have visited your doctor for help. Most GPs doctors don’t have experience with breast implants and the complications and may not know the source of your symptoms. Symptoms such as depression could involve prescription medication – but what if it is the body’s inflammatory response to implants?
Speak with Dr. Repta about breast implant illness today.
Dr. Repta is a board-certified plastic surgeon who has extensive experience caring for his patients, and he understands the possible side effects of saline or silicone breast implants. He will thoroughly evaluate your condition and advise you whether it is related to your breast implants.
What is breast implant illness?
BII is an illness that occurs when the body starts reacting to implants as “foreign invaders,” and your immune system responds by fighting them. Because your immune system can’t do anything to your implants, it may trigger autoimmune disease symptoms, including:
- Rashes and itchy skin
- Muscle weakness or soreness
- Joint pain
- Flu or cold-like symptoms
- Skin sensitivity
- Forgetfulness and inability to think properly
- Vision changes
Speak with Dr. Repta if you experience these or any similar symptoms after undergoing breast augmentation and should always be aware of any abnormality or changes in your breasts, whether you have implants or not. While side effects from breast augmentation are rare, early treatment is essential – and safer for your health.
Breast implants and BIA-ALCL
Allergan, a major manufacturer of breast implants, recently performed a whole-scale recall of several of their breast-implant products. BIA-ALCL (breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma) is a condition generated by the body’s negative response to textured shell implants. BIA-ALCL can typically be successfully treated by removing the textured implants and scar tissue that has developed around them. BIA-ALCL is not breast cancer, as such, but a treatable form of lymphoma, a disease of the immune system. Of the 573 total worldwide cases of BIA-ALCL reported, 481 involved Allergan textured surface breast implants. If you have these implants and experienced any of the following symptoms, you need to see Dr. Repta immediately to get evaluated:
- Swelling in the neck, armpit, or groin
- Loss of appetite
- Night sweats
- Weight loss
Dr. Repta can help you with BII and works closely with other medical practitioners to ensure that you get the treatment you need. The symptoms may or may not be related to breast implants. You deserve to know.
How do you treat BII?
The first step in treating BII is to remove the implants, called “explantation.” Explantation involves the removal of the implants and scar tissue, relieving your symptoms so your body can recover. Once your implants are removed, and you have healed, you may still want the beautiful breasts that you had with implants. The good news is that your breasts can be enhanced with natural fat transfer breast augmentation – which uses your own body fat to improve the size and shape of your breasts.
Contact us today
Dr. Repta is a world-renowned board-certified plastic surgeon practicing in Scottsdale. As a member of the American and International Society of Plastic Surgeons, Dr. Repta is known for his unparalleled standards in surgical quality, medical ethics, and professionalism. When you arrive for treatment at our clinic, the first step with Dr. Repta is a full examination and a discussion about your symptoms. You may need testing to identify BIA-ALCL. If you’re suffering from BII, contact us today at (855) DR REPTA (377-3782) to schedule a consultation.