Let’s Not Be Quick To Dismiss ‘Breast Implant Illness’
Large numbers of women are becoming concerned that their breast implants are making them unwell, reporting a range of symptoms that include auto-immune diseases, allergies, migraine, chronic fatigue, joint pain, depression, heart and kidney problems and even hair loss.
But because there’s such a diverse range of symptoms it’s proving almost impossible to pin down. And this is causing deep divides and division.
In the absence of true evidence, the concerns of some patients are being dismissed while others are attributing BII to a form of social media hysteria or mass panic, where seemingly disparate symptoms are being conflated with concerns about breast implants.
But what is clear is that BII should not be swept under the carpet and we have to listen. Issues around
health cannot be trivialised and must always be taken seriously.
And while there may be some element of exaggeration through social media, there are also elements to the phenomena which demand investigation.
It’s my view that bacterial contamination could be at play.
A poorly executed surgery might result in bacteria contaminating the implant. You then get what’s called
a biofilm formation, where harmful microbial cells clump together on the surface.
Weeks, months or years later, this biofilm may open up, spreading infection.
And it’s this might explain some of the symptoms observed in BII patients. Through more stringent hygiene policies its possible BII could be eliminated.
It’s also my view there could be an allergic component to the mystery, too. Silicone itself is inert.
But just as some people are allergic to nickel or dog hair, there may be an allergic mechanism to compounds in the implant shell.
We certainly need much better science to properly understand any BII.
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