Breast Implant Illness

in Aventura, Florida

Breast augmentation with silicone implants (saline or silicone) is a very common and safe surgical procedure.  Unfortunately through the years we have seen patients that have developed an unusual inflammatory reaction to their silicone implants and have caused different symptoms; these symptoms can affect patients differently, no two patients or severity of symptoms are the same.

What is Breast Implant Illness (BII)?

Breast Implant Illness (BII) is a term used by women with breast implants who describe a variety of symptoms including (but not limited to) fatigue, chest pain, hair loss, headaches, chills, photosensitivity, chronic pain, rash, body odor, anxiety, brain fog, sleep disturbance, depression, neurologic issues and hormonal issues that they believe are the result of their saline or silicone, textured or smooth breast implants. The onset of symptoms varies from immediately after implantation to years later.

Symptoms of breast implant illness

  • Brain fog, memory loss, vertigo, headaches, migraines, tinnitus
  • Muscle/joint pain, sore and aching joints,
  • Nerve pain or neuralgia
  • Immune/inflammatory Autoimmune disease – Thyroid, Arthritis, Lupus,
  • Fevers, night sweats
  • Slow healing and muscle recovery, chronic fatigue,
  • Food intolerance and allergies
  • Tender or enlarged lymph nodes.
  • Frequent urination, UTI, liver and kidney problems
  • Gastritis, weight loss/ gain IBS
  • Hair loss, dry skin, dry hair, skin rashes ;  Discoloration of hands/feet
  • Psychological Anxiety, depression, panic attacks
  • Shortness of breath, chest pain, cough
For patients who are experiencing Breast Implant Illness or symptoms similar to, Dr. Sarraga can discuss a plan of care for each patient. In many cases the main treatment is to remove the breast implants, a procedure known as explanation or removal of breast implants.
The explanation surgery consists of removing breast implants through an existing or new incision along with the capsules. The full capsulectomy, commonly known as “en bloc” procedure can be done at the same time. Some patients may need a reconstruction of the remaining breast tissue through either a lift or adding natural volume using your own fat. Some of these procedures may be done during the same surgery or at a separate time.
The procedure is done under general anesthesia and typically takes about two hours; drains are typically required. After the surgery Dr. Sarraga will monitor your healing and your symptoms during the following months.

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