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Breast Implant Illness in New Jersey

Everything you need to know

What is Breast Implant Illness (BII):


Breast Implant Illness (BII) is a combination of various systemic symptoms that women with breast implants have reported. Symptoms have been reported in women with saline, silicone, smooth and textured implants. There are no known risk factors.

At this time, breast implant illness (BII) is not an official medical diagnosis, as there is no blood or diagnostic exam to test for breast implant illness. It is not currently associated with an autoimmune disease or connective tissue disease. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has made no recommendations on the diagnosis or treatment of these symptoms. Some women who have suffered from these symptoms report resolution with implant and breast capsule removal. These symptoms include (but are not limited to):

  • fatigue
  • chest pain
  • joint pain
  • hair loss
  • headaches
  • chills
  • photosensitivity
  • chronic pain
  • rash
  • Metallic taste
  • anxiety
  • brain fog
  • sleep disturbance
  • depression
  • neurologic issues
  • hormonal issues

Silicone Usage in Breast Implants


Silicone is made from an organic element and used in many medical devices. Silicone gel implants have been studied by the FDA for many years and, to date, have not been proven to cause any disease. Smooth shell silicone gel implants are currently FDA approved for use in breast augmentation and breast reconstruction in the United States.

Many different organizations, such as the American Society for Plastic Surgeons and the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, are funding research to further understand if there is a potential link between silicone gel breast implants and autoimmune conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus. Patients who self-identify as having breast implant illness have tested both positive and negative on confirmatory laboratory tests for autoimmune diseases; thus, at this time, there is no direct causal relationship between BII and autoimmune diseases.

The Difference Between BII And BIA-ALCL

Breast implant illness is a group of subjective symptoms believed to be related to breast implants.

BIA-ALCL or Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma is a type of cancer that has been linked to textured shell silicone breast implants. There is no link between BII and BIA-ALCL to date. Additional information can be found here.

How Much Does Removal of Breast Implants and Capsulectomy Cost?


Each woman is different and has unique needs. You’ll have a one on one consultation with Dr. Parcells, where she’ll evaluate your medical history, your surgical goals, and perform an exam. Then, she’ll provide her expert advice, discuss your options, review the risks and benefits, and answer all of your questions. Afterward, you’ll meet with our surgical coordinator who will create an individualized quote, and address the logistics and finances of your procedure.

If you are a breast cancer patient, the removal of textured implants is often covered by insurance. If you have Biomed textured implants, Allergan will cover the cost of new implants. As not all cosmetic procedures are covered by insurance, Dr. Parcells has partnered with CareCredit to help you achieve your aesthetic goals today.

What Is the Difference Between BII and Capsular Contracture?


As with any foreign object placed in the body, including a breast implant, it is the body’s natural response to form a layer of scar tissue around it. The scar layer around the implant is called a breast capsule. It takes approximately 4-6 weeks from the date of surgery to form.

In a small percentage of women, the capsule can become irritated, and contract tightly around the implant. This causes pain or discomfort known as capsular contracture. There are many theories as to why this occurs, and there are strategies to decrease the risk of this contracture. The definitive treatment is the removal of the breast implant and the capsule. In women with BII, there has been no increased association with capsular contracture; rather, they present with concerns of systemic symptoms such as fatigue and rash. However, the treatment is the same – removal of the implant and surrounding scar capsule.

Breast Implants Need to Be Replaced

The average lifespan of a breast implant is about 15 - 20 years.

Dr. Parcells does not recommend prophylactically removing or replacing implants if you are satisfied with the position of your breasts, and you have no breast implant symptoms, such as implant rupture or capsular contracture

What If I Think I Have Breast Implant Illness?

If you are concerned you may be experiencing symptoms of BII, see your Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon.

Keep in mind that breast implant surgery is elective surgery, and you can always elect to have your implants and overlying breast capsule removed if you believe your symptoms are related to BII.

See Dr. Parcells if You Are Suffering from Symptoms Associated with BII

offering expertise to patients seeking relief from symptoms associated with breast implant illness.


Dr. Parcells is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and licensed in the state of New Jersey.

At Parcells Plastic Surgery, we want you to feel confident and celebrate your natural beauty. Our goal is to educate and empower you to decide what's best for your body. We look forward to meeting you and addressing your concerns. Feel free to book your appointment online, call, or text us anytime.

Meet Dr. Parcells

Parcells Plastic Surgery offers the most advanced surgical and cosmetic medical spa treatments to women in New Jersey.

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Alexis Parcells is here to educate and empower you to celebrate your natural beauty.

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