Cypress Office
Basu Aesthetics + Plastic Surgery: C. Bob Basu, MD
9899 Towne Lake Parkway, Suite 100
Cypress, Texas 77433
Phone: (713) 799-2278

Houston Office
Basu Aesthetics + Plastic Surgery: C. Bob Basu, MD
1700 Post Oak BLVD, Suite 1-280
Houston, Texas 77056
Phone: (713) 799-2278

Breast Implant Illness

Breast implant illness is not a specific illness, but is a term used to cover a broad range of illnesses and syndromes that were, at one time, believed to be associated with implants. In fact, there is very little evidence that this was factual, and no medical reason has been found to support this claim, even with extensive research performed over many years. It can be stated with a great deal of confidence that “breast implant illness” likely does not exist as such. 

What is breast implant illness?

Breast implant illness is an umbrella term for a range of physical reactions to implants. Some women have trouble with implants, typically a result of issues such as the development of scar tissue, or the discomfort associated with having heavier breasts – but these are not illnesses, but individual conditions. The most common complications associated with breast implants requiring revision surgery are the following:

  • Capsular contracture
  • Rippling
  • Malpositioned implants
  • Asymmetry

Breast implant safety

Silicone breast implants are some of the most extensively tested, researched, and evaluated of any medical device on the market. Silicone breast implants are the most commonly chosen type of implant, as these most accurately mimic natural breast tissue in feel and weight. Many women were frightened by reports that silicone implants posed a health risk and could lead to range of serious diseases. No studies performed on silicone implants discovered any connection between silicone implants and disease. Once again, silicone implants were FDA approved as being safe for use. You have no need for concern. While heavily hyped in the press, scientific research has established no link between illness and breast implants.

Which breast implants are the safest?

All implants could rupture, but neither saline nor silicone are superior on this point. The advantage of saline is that if the implant ruptures, the breast deflates, and the problem is obvious. However, implant rupture is not common in either case.

What could cause breast implant illness?

While there is no true “breast implant illness,” some complications can arise, such as infections. It is found that the risk of infection is slightly higher with textured implants as opposed to smooth implants. Infections, whether it be from problems associated with the surgical site post-surgery, or improper surgical site care post-surgery can be avoided by ensuring your breast augmentation is performed at a state-of-the-art clinic where the most stringent safety protocols are employed, such as is the case with Dr. Basu.

Any surgery comes with the risk of infection, whether it is breast augmentation or other treatment. The breast implants themselves are medical grade silicone which is used in a variety of surgical procedures and is very unlikely to be the cause of an adverse reaction.

Complications from breast implants

Breast implants may lead to some complications such as:

  • Capsular contracture
  • Bleeding or bruising
  • Swelling
  • Asymmetrical results
  • Implant issues such as deflation or rupture
  • Need for revision surgery 

Are there any symptoms that I should be alert for?

If you feel that something is not right with your implants or you are experiencing unusual symptoms, you should see your doctor. Some symptoms to watch for include:

  • Unusual scarring or lumps in the breast, such as hardened areas below the skin
  • Excessive fluid collecting around the implants
  • Swelling of the breasts well after healing has concluded or any color change to the breast tissue
  • Discharge from the nipples

What kind of treatments are available for breast implant illness?

In some cases, a PET scan can be performed to identify a health issue. Treating any problem will depend upon the specific symptoms being experienced. In some cases, revision surgery may be necessary to replace the implants. While many surgeons perform breast augmentation, you want to ensure that your plastic surgery is performed at a clinic where patient health and safety, along with beautiful results, are the watchword. That is what you will find when you visit Dr. Basu’s world-class private plastic surgery clinic in Houston.

How do I reduce the risk of breast implant illness?

To avoid complications, ensure your breast augmentation surgery is performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon with a reputation for excellence in surgery, and who focuses upon patient health and safety. Breast augmentation is a safe and effective procedure when performed correctly, and under the most sanitary and hygienic conditions. These surgeries have been performed with great success for many decades, but not all plastic surgeons are equal in skill, artistry, and the use of advanced surgical techniques. 

Dr. Basu has established a state-of-the-art clinic, where patient safety is paramount. His onsite surgery center exceeds the requirements of most accredited surgery centers and is fully licensed and accredited. Dr. Basu has hand-selected his professional staff of nurses, board-certified anesthesiologists, and his surgical center meets the highest level of hospital-grade safety and quality. 

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