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Breast implant illness (BII) has received a lot of recent media attention as more people seek to understand this widely misunderstood condition.
As many medical professionals are hesitant to accept breast implant illness as a real thing, it is difficult for women who believe they are suffering the symptoms. This has led them to turn to social media to share their stories and experiences of declining health, which they believe are linked to their implants.
What Is the Role of Social Media in Breast Implant Illness Self-Diagnosis?
Social media has fueled an explosion of a growing number of women having serious concerns about their implants, with many deciding to have them removed for optimal healing and health.
One of the most popular Facebook support groups, Healing by Nicole, has thousands of followers reporting breast implant-related symptoms or unexplained illnesses that cannot be pinpointed to any diagnosis. Many identify with symptoms such as neurological issues, migraines, brain fog, chronic fatigue, allergies, joint pain, hair loss, etc.
Some Plastic Surgeons Acknowledge the Connection Between Implants and Inflammatory Reactions
While a lot of women identify with these symptoms, the medical community has been largely divided on this pertinent issue. However, a large section of plastic surgeons acknowledge the potential connection between implants and said symptoms, arguing that implants can trigger an inflammatory reaction in the body, potentially causing illness.
Social Media as an Instrument for Change
Besides self-diagnosis, women are using social media platforms to organize and push for major changes that include a more rigorous informed-consent process when considering breast augmentation, especially for women with a personal or family history of autoimmune disorders.
The lack of conclusive evidence and ability to diagnose BII has made it challenging to find a solution to the problem. Still, the topic is being largely researched to examine the effects and safety of implants and the possible link between implants and these symptoms.
What Are My Surgical Options for BII-Related Complications?
If you are concerned about breast implant illness-related symptoms, you are not alone. This is a matter that should be taken seriously and treated appropriately. For starters, seek out a medically licensed professional who understands BII.
What Should I Do About My Implants if I Think I Have BII?
Many women who have experienced the debilitating effects of BII have noticed significant improvements after the removal of their breast implants. The removal of breast implants along with the scar tissue, also known as explant and en bloc capsulectomy, is currently the most effective way to address symptoms related to BII.
The decision to have your breasts removed is personal and not always clear-cut. The team at Coastal Plastic Surgeons has helped many patients determine the best course of action regarding breast implant illness to help them live comfortably and improve their overall health.
During your consultation, we will evaluate your concerns and provide honest recommendations about your options. Our goal is to find the best possible treatments to restore your emotional and physical health.
Wondering What Your Breasts Will Look Like After Breast Implant Explantation?
If you are curious about your potential breast implant removal results, check out our breast implant removal before and after gallery to see examples of our previous happy patients.