Breast Implant Illness

Breast implant illness (BII) is a term used to describe a range of symptoms that some individuals with breast implants report experiencing. These symptoms can vary widely among individuals and may include:

  1. Fatigue: Persistent feelings of tiredness or lack of energy that interfere with daily activities.
  2. Joint and muscle pain: Aches, soreness, or stiffness in the joints and muscles, which may be widespread or localized.
  3. Cognitive issues: Difficulty concentrating, memory problems, brain fog, or cognitive impairment.
  4. Autoimmune-like symptoms: Symptoms resembling those of autoimmune diseases, such as joint swelling, rashes, or flu-like symptoms.
  5. Breast symptoms: Pain, swelling, or changes in the appearance or feel of the breasts or implant area.
  6. Gastrointestinal issues: Digestive problems such as bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation, or abdominal discomfort.
  7. Allergic reactions: Skin rashes, itching, hives, or other allergic-type reactions.
  8. Sleep disturbances: Difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or experiencing restful sleep.
  9. Mood changes: Mood swings, anxiety, depression, irritability, or emotional instability.
  10. Hormonal imbalances: Irregular menstrual cycles, changes in libido, or other hormonal disruptions.
  11. Hair loss: Thinning hair, hair shedding, or changes in hair texture.
  12. Swollen lymph nodes: Enlarged or tender lymph nodes, particularly in the armpit area.

It’s important to note that not everyone with breast implants will experience these symptoms, and the presence of these symptoms does not necessarily indicate breast implant illness. Additionally, these symptoms can overlap with those of other medical conditions, so it’s essential to consult with a healthcare provider for a proper evaluation and diagnosis.

If someone suspects they may be experiencing symptoms related to breast implant illness, they should seek medical advice from a healthcare provider experienced in dealing with breast implant complications and related issues. This may involve a thorough medical evaluation, including a review of symptoms, medical history, and possibly diagnostic testing to determine the underlying cause and appropriate treatment plan.

Diagnosis, treatment, and recovery from breast implant illness (BII) within the realm of naturopathic medicine often involve a holistic approach that considers the individual’s overall health, lifestyle, and environmental factors. Here’s a general outline of how these aspects might be addressed:

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    • Naturopathic doctors (NDs) typically conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the patient’s medical history, symptoms, and lifestyle factors.
    • This may include specialized testing to assess for potential underlying imbalances or sensitivities that could contribute to symptoms, such as comprehensive blood tests, hormonal assessments, and functional medicine tests to evaluate immune function, inflammation, and detoxification pathways.
    • Imaging studies or consultations with other healthcare providers may also be recommended to assess the condition of the breast implants and rule out other potential causes of symptoms.


      • Naturopathic treatment for Breast Implant Illness often focuses on supporting the body’s natural healing mechanisms and addressing underlying imbalances.
      • This may involve dietary and lifestyle interventions aimed at reducing inflammation, supporting detoxification pathways, and promoting overall health and well-being.
      • Specific treatments may vary depending on individual needs but could include nutritional supplementation, herbal medicine, acupuncture, mind-body techniques, and other naturopathic modalities.
      • For some individuals, removal of breast implants (explantation) may be recommended as part of the treatment plan. Naturopathic doctors may work collaboratively with surgeons to support patients through the explantation process and facilitate recovery.


        • Recovery from BII can vary depending on factors such as the severity of symptoms, individual health status, and treatment approach.
        • Naturopathic care during the recovery process may focus on supporting the body’s healing response, managing symptoms, and optimizing overall health and vitality.
        • This may involve ongoing monitoring, adjustments to treatment protocols as needed, and guidance on lifestyle factors such as nutrition, stress management, sleep hygiene, and physical activity.
        • Patients may also be encouraged to participate in supportive therapies or community resources to aid in emotional healing and adjustment during the recovery period.

It’s important to note that the effectiveness of naturopathic approaches for BII may vary among individuals, and treatment plans should be tailored to each person’s unique needs and preferences. Additionally, collaboration with other healthcare providers, such as surgeons or other specialists, may be necessary to ensure comprehensive care and the best possible outcomes.

Scar Therapy may be helpful to reduce pain, adhesions and prevent deformity after explant surgery.