Breast implant illness encompasses a very wide range of often vague or chronic symptoms, from redness, swelling, and discharge, to the development of symptoms of autoimmune disease. It can occur any time from within days of having a breast implant to as long as 10 years after the fact.
Having shapely, proportional breasts can enhance a woman’s appearance and improve both her confidence and self-esteem.
Breast augmentation, using either saline or silicone breast implants, is the most popular surgical cosmetic procedure in the United States, with more than 300 thousand performed in 2018. It is generally considered a safe procedure but, as there is with any surgical procedure, does have its risks of potential complications. One of these is breast implant illness. Recent studies have revealed that women with textured implants have a slightly higher risk of developing BIA-ALCL, or “breast implant associated large-cell lymphoma.” This condition can usually be treated by removing the implants.
The exact causes of certain symptoms of breast implant illness in Los Angeles are unknown, while others are being debated and studied. Infection is, of course a known risk with any surgery but, for example, the relationship of silicone implants to the development of autoimmune disease is controversial.
Any changes to the breast or breast tissue should be cause for concern, and you should call for a consultation as soon as you notice anything out of the ordinary. These changes may include:
These are fairly noticeable, but breast implant illness can affect virtually any gland or system in the body, from endocrine and neurological to gastrointestinal and, depending on the system affected, the symptoms can vary widely.
These far-ranging effects can make it difficult to diagnose, but the most common, early symptoms that warrant investigation are:
If you notice any possible symptoms of breast implant illness in Los Angeles, the most important thing to do is schedule an appointment with Dr. Teitelbaum quickly. Many women seek out the advice of general practitioners when they are not feeling well, which is understandable. The problem is that as capable as your doctor may be, he or she may not have the vision or expertise to view the symptoms as potentially the result of breast implants and offer solutions could mask symptoms without addressing the the root cause.
The first thing that must be done when breast implant illness is diagnosed is the removal of the implant(s), which is called an “explant.” This extraction takes away what the body perceives as a “foreign invader.”
Double board-certified in both plastic surgery and general surgery, Dr. Teitelbaum:
This virtually incomparable academic and professional recognition and history means that he is in a position to diagnose and evaluate BII in cases in which other practitioners may not be.
Dr. Teitelbaum was a member of the national plastic surgery task force that developed the Covid-19 protocols for plastic surgery offices. He is therefore well-versed in all of the recommendations and his office meets or exceeds all of them. By now you are familiar with all the obvious measures such as reminding patients and staff not to come to the office if they have any symptoms, taking temperatures, maintaining social distancing, having everyone wear masks, placing hand sanitizers everywhere, reducing the number of patients in the office at one time, testing all surgical patients, etc. One unique feature is that Dr. Teitelbaum’s operating room has "laminar flow" – a very advanced system that directs the flow of air from a large diffuser on the ceiling to exhausts near the floor, ensuring that the fresh air flows in one direction. This not only reduces the chance of COVID infections for the patients and staff, but it also reduces the risk of surgical infections.
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