Mr Paul Banwell, Plastic Surgeon, treats Breast Implant Illness (BII)

Breast Implant Illness (BII) is a rare condition which affects ladies with a hypersensitive immune system. In predisposed individuals, any implanted foreign body such as a breast implant, dental implant, coil, orthopaedic implant and heart implants can potentially lead to systemic symptoms including joint pain, headaches, numbness, tingling, ‘brain fog’, dizziness and other autoimmune type problems. Over two decades ago there were some concerns that in a small minority of patients breast implants could be responsible for systemic joint pains and non-specific fatigue-type symptoms within the body. The so-called ‘silicone crisis’ was thought to be due autoimmune-mediated events within the body but independent government scientific reviews around the world found no apparent causal relationship between silicone and auto-immune mediated problems.

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