Breast Implant Illness refers to symptoms that arise due to silicone toxicity. It is sometimes referred to as Silicone Immune Toxicity Syndrome and results from the body producing antibodies against the molecular complex that forms when silicone attaches to protein molecules in various organs. In some women, this may result in an autoimmune response.
Silicone gel breast implants are known to leach silicone. Even though the shell of later generation silicone breast implants is manufactured with “low bleed” characteristics, this does not mean no bleed. In addition, over time, the wall of the implant gradually deteriorates resulting in more silicone leaching through. The silicone is fat soluble and so distributes throughout the fat in the body as well as in the liver and other organs. If the implant ruptures, even more silicone is released.
Most women are able to deal with a small load of toxic chemicals. These chemicals are processed and eventually excreted in the bile or urine. It is believed however, that once the load of silicone exceeds the body’s ability to deal with it in an effective manner, symptoms can develop.
Symptoms associated with Breast Implant Illness
- Joint pain
- Muscle pain
- Anxiety and depression
- Hair loss
- Memory loss
- Foggy thinking
- Night sweats
- Tingling in the hands and feet
- Chemical sensitivities eg.to perfume, smoke and other inhalants
- Muscle inflammation
- Abdominal pain
- Chest pain
- Other autoimmune disorders, including rheumatoid arthritis and Sjogren’s syndrome, scleroderma, fibromayalgia