What is Breast Implant Illness?
Breast implants are a controversial subject that are still advertised as safe by plastic surgeons, doctors, and the medical community when in fact they can cause many health issues.
When you hear about breast implants, doctors generally focus on the look and local complications – without disclosing the potential foreign body reaction. We are told that implants do not cause problems, so when problems arise, our doctors look in other directions. Problems may also stem from adjuvant effects of silicone toxicity, heavy metal exposure, how the implants release gel bleed, the development of biofilm around implants (potentially causing low grade chronic bacterial infections, a chronic state of inflammation, capsular contracture, etc), and how the implants are oxidized in the body (potentially causing free radical/oxidative damage).
All of these factors weaken the immune system which can result in a systemic cascade of negative health issues, including autoantibodies and autoimmune diseases, endocrine dysfunction, thyroid/adrenal problems, gut dysbiosis, bacterial and viral infections, and more. Breast implants consist of two large bags made of 40+ chemicals including heavy metals located within the outer silicone shell as well as the silicone gel filling (saline implants also contain a silicone shell). These abrasive substances are toxic and inflammatory to our cells and body processes.
Common symptoms include:
Fatigue, cognitive dysfunction (brain fog, memory loss), muscle aches, joint pain, hair loss, dryness throughout the body, dehydration, recurring infections, chronic sinusitis and post nasal drip, gastrointestinal and digestive issues, rashes, food and chemical sensitivities, anxiety, and problems with thyroid and adrenals.
Essentially, no matter what type of implant you have, what is occurring internally is an artificial disturbance within the body, starting with the immune system, consequently affecting other systems and eventually creating a cascade of systemic dysregulation.
So, what can be done to heal?
Everyone woman's experience with BII is different, there is no one size fits all. This can be a complex journey back to health, I know, iv been there myself! First and foremost, explant should be considered.
Before explant surgery:
There is plenty that can be done before explant surgery to reduce symptoms and assist the body with healing. Before surgery is usually when the body needs extra support.
After explant surgery:
Time to bring the body back into balance by supporting the detoxification pathways, lymphatic system, immune regulation, hormonal balancing and digestive support. Some of my go to herbal medicines include calendula and st marys milk thistle and key minerals and nutrients such as choline, zinc, glutamine can make a world of difference to recovery time and success.
Breast implant illness is an area of clinical focus for Alysha and something she has first hand experience with.
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