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Understanding Breast Implant Illness

Updated: Apr 17, 2023

Authors, Brian R. Buinewicz, MD, Danielle Valoras, MPAS, PA-C, and Robyn Towt, BS

The article discusses breast implant illness (BII), a condition related to breast implants that have been documented for more than 60 years. BII is a poorly defined and controversial complication, but recent studies suggest that the removal of the implants and associated capsules can improve symptoms for some patients. BII is thought to be an autoimmune or inflammatory reaction triggered by the introduction of silicone. Additionally, the article discusses the potential toxicity of chemicals and metals used in breast implants and the multiple names for the same disease process.

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