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What is Breast Implant Illness?

Saturday, May 7th 2022 10:00am 9 min read
Dr. Jessica Peatross dr.jess.md @drjessmd

Hospitalist & top functional MD who gets to the root cause. Stealth infection & environmental toxicity keynote speaker.

Breast implant illness is gaining acknowledgment in the medical community. Breast implant illness (BII) describes an array of symptoms related to breast implants that can range from skin rashes to joint pain, headaches, hair loss, anxiety, brain fog, chronic fatigue, and neurological issues. Many women have reported having BII symptoms after a breast augmentation or reconstruction with implants. BII symptoms may not resolve after the removal of implants.

Let’s take a deeper look at BII so you are better informed about breast implants. You want as much knowledge as possible as you consider whether to get breast implants or have existing implants removed. Always talk to your doctor.

Symptoms of breast implant illness

There is a wide array of symptoms for BII. Most of these symptoms can be associated with other body systems, and you might not suspect breast implants as the culprit.

Some of the symptoms of breast implant illness include:

  • Anxiety
  • Skin rashes
  • Depression
  • Dry eyes
  • GI issues
  • Persistent viral infections
  • Headaches
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Brain fog
  • Hair loss
  • Insomnia
  • Symptoms of thyroid dysfunction
  • Ear ringing

In addition, researchers have linked silicone implants with higher rates of:

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