How Early Can Breast Implant Illness be Detected?

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Breast implant illness (BII) has gained a lot of attention in the medical community in recent years. But what is breast implant illness? This term is used to describe a wide range of symptoms associated with breast implants. While BII is rare and there is no accurate way to diagnose this condition, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jaime Schwartz believes all patients should be fully informed about the benefits and risks of implants before undergoing breast augmentation.

Breast implant illness could be detected at any time in the years following breast augmentation. If you have questions or experience chronic health conditions, call our clinic in Beverly Hills, CA. Our knowledgeable staff can provide you with information and resources about treatment options and how to move forward.

What is breast implant illness?

So, what is breast implant illness? BII refers to a series of independent and sometimes unrelated symptoms that develop after receiving breast implants. The most common ones include fatigue, muscle and joint pain, skin rashes, dry mouth, depression and anxiety, and problems with memory and concentration. Many autoimmune-like diseases have also been connected with BII.

Unlike well-known conditions, like capsular contracture or breast implant rupture, breast implant illness is not recognized as an official medical diagnosis. This is because BII has been associated with hundreds of conditions, most of which are subjective. For example, although fatigue is a very real and substantial complaint, it is difficult to measure and even more challenging to find the source of the problem.

What are my chances of getting breast implant illness?

Breast implant illness has not been extensively studied by the medical community. In fact, the FDA has only begun to understand this obscure condition and the risk factors involved. However, we do know that it is rare for women to experience BII symptoms after getting breast implants. Dr. Schwartz can discuss any research in full when you come in for a breast augmentation consultation in Beverly Hills, CA.

How is breast implant illness detected and treated?

As we mentioned, BII can be detected at any point in time, even years after your original breast augmentation. Patients who experience chronic health issues should visit their primary care physician to make sure they are not related to more common medical conditions. If you still have problems after pursuing other options, we encourage you to reach out to our office. Dr. Schwartz may recommend breast implant removal surgery.

Removing breast implants is a generally easy procedure with few concerns or complications. However, patients should understand that removing breast implants may not necessarily treat the root of their BII symptoms. During your evaluation, we can assess your situation, review the details of the surgery, and let you know what to expect. Our team takes great care to ensure you enjoy natural breast results in the healthiest way possible.

Learn about BII symptoms and more

Whether you want to avoid the possibility of breast implant illness or you currently experience BII symptoms, your first step is to schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jaime Schwartz. Our talented team can help you understand your options, so you have peace of mind about your breast implants. Call us in Beverly Hills, CA to begin the process or set up your appointment today.

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