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Breast Implant Illness: The Toxic Truth About Breast Implants

With the slew of plastic
surgery-enhanced imagery we see nowadays in our media, many modern women consider
breast implant surgery over the course of their lives. But those who opt to forego
this type of plastic surgery may be dodging a huge bullet.

Recent research links
breast implants to many possible health complications. Some scientists even
implicate breast implants in the development of autoimmune disorders. Women
considering breast implant surgery should educate themselves on the potential
risks to ensure they’re making the best decision.

Surgical Complications

Many women who undergo
surgical breast modification find themselves going back for surgical revisions
more often than they originally intended. For starters, this can cause medical
bills to pile up while costing the woman additional financial stress in lost

More serious complications
of breast implant surgery include scarring, bruising, blood clots and even skin
necrosis, in which the body’s tissue begins to die [1]. Scar tissue sometimes continues to grow,
leading to misshapen, asymmetrical breasts.

Furthermore, breast
implants occasionally leak or rupture. For women with silicone implants, this
condition requires immediate medical attention, as these ruptures allow the
implant filling to escape into the body. Sadly, some women who experience
breast implant rupture lack the financial means to afford a new augmentation
after removing the damaged implant, leaving her with lopsided breasts.

Also, breast implants can
cause women to develop a rare form of cancer called breast implant-associated
anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). This cancer often follows infection,
so women who don’t practice their physician’s follow-up care instructions
carefully and seek immediate medical attention if nipple discharge or fluid
buildup occurs are at greater risk. While BIA-ALCL responds well to treatment
and rarely causes death, the disease nevertheless can claim lives without
prompt attention.

Though the exact cause
of BIA-ALCL remains unknown, researchers have discovered women with textured
implants contract infections more often than women who opt for smooth implants.
That may be because textured implants contain more nooks and crannies where
bacteria can hide and multiply.

Many women who undergo
breast augmentation surgery also develop back, neck and shoulder pain as a
result. The additional weight from the implants strains a woman’s muscles in
ways nature never intended [2].

Autoimmune Disorder Link

Some research indicates
breast implants may spur the development of autoimmune disorders such as
fibromyalgia, lupus, scleroderma and chronic fatigue syndrome [3].
In particular, women who opt for silicone-based implants run the highest risk
of developing such disorders, especially if they suffer a rupture.

Autoimmune disorders
occur when the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks the body’s healthy
tissues instead of bacteria. Some researchers theorize breast implants
stimulate the development of autoimmune disorders because the body recognizes
the implants as foreign bodies and attempts to destroy them. When the immune
system remains in a perpetual state of stimulation, it’s only a matter of time
before it begins attacking healthy tissue.

Symptoms of autoimmune
disorders include constant achy or sore joints, swollen glands, a feeling of
fatigue that continues even after a restful night’s sleep and digestive
disorders such as nausea or diarrhea. Those suffering from an autoimmune
disease may achieve relief with some medications. However, finding the right
treatment protocol often involves much trial and error.

Many women who develop
autoimmune symptoms after having breast implants experience a reduction in their
symptoms once they get their implants removed.

If You Still Wish to Augment

Women undergo breast
augmentation surgery for any number of reasons. Some women even get them after being
forced to have their breasts removed due to illness. Those planning on moving
forward with breast implant surgery should opt for the least hazardous course
whenever possible. Opt for saline implants over silicone implants. Should a
saline implant rupture, the body absorbs the extra saline naturally, whereas
silicone can devastate the immune system.

Also, choosing smooth
implants over textured implants reduces the risk of developing a bacterial
infection significantly. Regardless of what type of implant a woman selects,
she should take care to follow all postsurgical instructions to the letter.

Better yet, why not
work on coming to terms with your body as it is? Once I realized my smaller
breasts made running and other exercises more pleasant, I started to appreciate
them more. And I save a fortune on bras, as my puny pillows feel quite comfy in
a built-in bra tank. In the long-run, implants won’t often cure our problems.
However, accepting ourselves often can!

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