It seems today that breast implant illness (BII) is running rampant in women who have gotten a breast augmentation. There is still a mystery behind this illness and what it entails. Let’s take a deeper look into the symptoms of BII and how it’s been coming about throughout the nation.
First, the Recall
Let’s talk about the reason everyone started talking about BII in the first place. Allergan, one of the leading manufacturers of cosmetic surgical products including Botox®, has recently announced a recall on all unused BIOCELL® products. This recall included all smooth and textured breast implants sold by Allergan. Why did the company announce its recall? Many women started getting unexplained symptoms and complications after receiving their breast implants. This was the beginning of breast implant illness.
BII: The Basics
Breast implant illness, or BII, is a disease that many women are claiming to have after undergoing breast enhancement surgery with the use of breast implants. Although the disease is not diagnosable by a doctor, many women have been self-diagnosing based on a combination of odd symptoms and side effects that would not ordinarily make sense together otherwise. These symptoms include fatigue, muscle aches and soreness, ruptured implants, infection and a possible connective tissue disorder. Although there is no way to diagnose these symptoms as definitively being BII, there is a way to treat them.
The two ways to treat BII include removing the breast implants in either a breast explant surgery or a total capsulectomy. At Southeastern Aesthetic Surgery, Dr. Troy Austin typically performs a total capsulectomy in which the entire breast implant and the associated breast capsule is taken out “en bloc” or entirely intact. He then inspects the breast pocket to make sure all the abnormal breast tissue is removed and the entire area is clean.
Recovering from BII Treatment
Recovering from your breast implant surgery feels very similar to recovering from your breast implant surgery. You may have drains after your explant and you should be prepared to take time off work to make sure you give yourself enough time to rest. It may take up to several weeks to heal, but the team at Southeastern Aesthetic Surgery will make sure you have detailed post-operative instructions to ensure you’re as comfortable as possible.
Why Should I Trust Dr. Austin?
Dr. Austin is a Double Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who has achieved acclaim for both his supreme technical skills and his friendly bedside manner. Dr. Austin is also a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and a candidate member of the American College of Surgeons. His extensive expertise in breast enhancement has been giving women the silhouette they deserve for years.
If you are interested in learning more about breast explant surgery at Southeastern Aesthetic Surgery, contact us to schedule your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Austin today. He’ll be able to go over a customized treatment plan just for you and your condition.