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Bringing Awareness to Breast Implant Illness

In recent years, there has been a growing awareness surrounding the potential health risks associated with breast implants. While many individuals undergo breast augmentation with hopes of enhancing their self-esteem and body image, a lesser-known concern has emerged – Breast Implant Illness (BII). In this blog post, we delve into the world of BII, exploring its symptoms, causes, and the importance of raising awareness.

Understanding Breast Implant Illness: Breast Implant Illness is a term used to describe a variety of symptoms and health issues that some individuals with breast implants may experience. These symptoms can range from fatigue, joint pain, and headaches to more severe issues like autoimmune disorders. It's crucial to note that BII is not officially recognized as a medical diagnosis, but the growing number of reported cases has led to increased attention and research in the medical community.

Common Symptoms:

  1. Fatigue

  2. Joint pain

  3. Headaches

  4. Muscle pain

  5. Cognitive issues (brain fog)

  6. Skin problems

  7. Autoimmune disorders

Causes and Risk Factors: The exact cause of Breast Implant Illness remains unclear, but several factors are believed to contribute. These include the materials used in implants, such as silicone or saline, as well as the body's reaction to foreign objects. Additionally, some individuals may be more genetically predisposed to developing complications after breast augmentation.

The Role of Advocacy: Advocacy plays a crucial role in raising awareness about Breast Implant Illness. Those who have experienced symptoms related to BII are often the driving force behind these efforts, sharing their stories to help others make informed decisions about breast augmentation. Advocacy also encourages open conversations between patients and healthcare professionals, fostering a better understanding of the potential risks associated with breast implants.

Making Informed Decisions: If you are considering breast augmentation or already have implants, it's essential to make informed decisions about your health. Consult with experienced healthcare professionals, ask questions, and be aware of the potential risks associated with breast implants. Regular check-ups and open communication with your doctor are vital in monitoring and addressing any emerging health concerns.

Breast Implant Illness is a complex and evolving topic that requires careful consideration and awareness. By sharing information, stories, and fostering open dialogue, we contribute to a collective effort to better understand and address the potential health risks associated with breast implants. Ultimately, informed decision-making and ongoing research are essential in ensuring the well-being of individuals who choose breast augmentation.

How Can Southeast Aesthetic + Wellness Help? This past fall we decided to have a fundraiser in support of the Breast Implant Safety Alliance. Our practice sold hot pink Be-YOU-tiful shirts to show our support and bring awareness to our patients on social media and in the office. The BISA mission is to raise awareness, optimize outcomes, and ensure informed consent for patients considering breast implant surgery. BISA provides balanced, science-backed education, resources, and outreach to support empowered, informed healthcare decisions. They collaborate with all stakeholders, including healthcare providers, regulators, and legislators, advancing systems of education, accountability, and patient safety. We were able to make a $300 donation to help this amazing cause and would encourage you to see how you can get involved as well. At Southeast Aesthetic + Wellness we offer different Health and Wellness guidance and services that could potentially help with these signs and symptoms above. Hormone Balancing is part of the prevention of Breast Cancer and Angel Turlington, WHNP is passionate about it! Schedule a consultation with her and follow her @southeastmedangel to continue to learn about other issues that can affect underlying health that might not be talked about during a typical MD visit. She is here to help in anyway that she can!

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