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Breast implant illness is a term for an array of symptoms attributed to reactions to breast implants. As awareness of the potential link between specific health symptoms and breast implants increases, the FDA has proposed that implants have black box warnings to inform consumers. While most women who have undergone breast augmentation are exceptionally pleased with their new breasts and experience no side effects or complications, it is best to stay informed of the types of complications that could arise in rare cases.

What is breast implant illness?

Breast implant illness is not a diagnosable illness. It is a term used for symptoms that are considered to be related to or associated with breast implants. There is a suggestion that the use of breast implants can aggravate or contribute to the development of autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, although there is no scientific evidence to support this claim. The symptoms commonly associated with breast implant illness include:

  • Infections
  • Capsular contracture
  • Swelling around the implant
  • Breast pain or discomfort
  • Rash
  • Numbness or changes in sensation
  • Complaints linked to implant rupture or leakage

Are there preventative measures against breast implant illness?

Yes, thankfully, there are many measures to help women avoid problems after breast augmentation surgery. If you are planning on having breast implants, the surgery should be performed by an acclaimed board-certified plastic surgeon with a reputation for excellence. Dr. Grover performs breast augmentation with the most advanced surgical techniques. The necessary care will be taken to ensure that:

  • Your medical history is thoroughly reviewed to ensure you are safe to undergo augmentation
  • The proper tests are performed before surgery
  • The breast implants are placed with the most advanced patient health and safety protocols

What can I do to minimize the risks of symptoms associated with breast implant illness?

Beyond choosing a highly trained, experienced, and board-certified surgeon, you can:

  • Completely disclose your medical history in your consultation
  • Thoroughly follow the pre-surgery preparatory steps
  • Follow your aftercare instructions
  • Limit the stress or strain to your body throughout your recovery
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle after your surgery
  • Stay alert to any changes in your breasts

You will have regular follow-up appointments with Dr. Grover during your recovery. Dr. Grover and your regular physician can evaluate your implants each year to help protect your health for the long term. Whether you have implants or natural breasts, you must be aware of any changes that could be a cause for concern, such as pain, lumps, or swelling.

Does the type of implant matter?

Certain textured silicone implants have voluntarily recalled from the market due to their association with the development of BIA-ALCL (breast implant-associated anaplastic large-cell lymphoma). BIA-ALCL was found to occur in women with specific types of Allergan breast implants and tissue expanders (used in breast reconstruction) with a highly-textured surface. These are the only recalled implants. Dr. Grover uses only superior quality silicone and saline implants that have the highest safety ratings. He works to ensure that breast augmentation is performed with the most compatible implant that works not only for your figure but for your long term health.


Why choose Dr. Grover for breast implants?

Dr. Grover is a true leader in his field of practice and at the leading edge of cosmetic technology and the latest research into breast implant and health. He is committed to ensuring his patients receive the best possible care. He is dedicated to patient health and wellness, prioritizing health above beauty.

Dr. Grover engages with his patients to understand their history, concerns, and goals so that he can create a personalized treatment plan to help them have the breasts they want. He performs augmentations with the most advanced health and safety protocols. He and his team in Newport Beach are friendly, professional, and welcoming, and his offices are elegant and private. The first step in breast augmentation is to meet with us and have your questions and concerns answered – we are here for you now and for the long term.

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