An article recently published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, one of the two official publications of The Aesthetic Society, describes breast implant diseases (BII) ) and how doctors can help and manage patients who describe their symptoms.
Breast Implant Disease is a term used by patients with breast implants that describe a variety of symptoms, including (but not limited to) fatigue, chest pain, hair loss, headache, chills, photosensitivity, chronic pain and more, which they believe to be the result. of their salty or silicone breast implants, textured or smooth.
However, BII is not an official medical diagnosis and there is no specific diagnostic test for breast implant disease. This is one of the topical areas of the Foundation for Education and Research in Cosmetic Surgery (ASERF), the research arm of the Society of Aesthetics.
In the article recently published in Aesthetic Surgery Journal, the authors discuss the need for physicians to provide appropriate advice, attention and care during their discussions with patients with affected breast implants.
They indicate that there is a need to help patients understand their current options and the potential risks and benefits of each course of action, including the possibility of do nothing.
Doctors advocate adequate consideration which was often not provided to patients in the 1990s, when breast implants were subjected to a similar climate of distress . Some patients with symptoms choose to have their implants removed and may also seek other remedies. It is therefore essential that doctors communicate with their patients.
“There are patients who attribute a variety of systemic symptoms to their breast implants, and in this article we discuss what is known and what that we ignore these disturbing reports, ”says author Patricia A. McGuire, MD. “My co-authors and I suggest that surgeons and patients work together to ensure that surgery for implant placement and removal is as safe as possible.”
The authors suggest that it may be useful to discuss the chemical composition of implants and what we know, based on decades of scientific research, but to define areas where knowledge is insufficient and where more research is needed.
The Foundation for Education and Research in Cosmetic Surgery (ASERF) is currently funding various scientific studies to better understand the potential causes of the various symptoms described by patients with underwent breast implantation and determine the best treatment.
The authors argue that the way forward should include further evaluation of the results of breast implants, facilitated by a robust registry system and relentless analysis of a range of implant / patient and peri-implant parameters.