Likely to Have Breast Implant Illness
And You’re Almost Ready to Have Your Implants and Capsule Removed
You have suffered from some seemingly unrelated symptoms for a significant time period. In your search for answers, you have landed on the possibility that this could all be related to your implants. You want answers, but more importantly, you just want relief. You want your life back. You have questioned if the implants are the cause for the way you are feeling, questioned your initial decision about getting implants, and may have even been harsh on yourself for choosing to have them placed in the first place. Based on your answers, you seem to have some of the symptoms similar to those who have found relief with implant and capsule removal, and then, by default only, considered to have Breast Implant Illness.
You think you may be ready to undergo surgery, and you may or may have not met with a surgeon to discuss the risks and benefits of the surgery you are considering. You are willing to give it a shot in hopes that you will improve your symptoms. You have a fair idea that the surgery will be more complex than the original breast augmentation, and you understand the aesthetic results will likely be of secondary concern. You understand that there will be a transition period of adjustment, both to the aesthetics of not having breast implants as well as a period of time needed for hopeful symptom resolution, but you need more information to further your education on this topic in order to make a fully informed decision. You are searching for a surgeon who will acknowledge the possibility of you having Breast Implant Illness, will listen to you with compassion and understanding, and who is willing to travel along this journey with you.
Increase Your Education on the Topic. Download or request a copy of Dr. Burgdorf’s latest book, My Implants Are Killing Me (Or Maybe Not), to get a compassionate surgeon’s take on the phenomenon of Breast Implant Illness.
Keep a Journal. Recording your symptoms daily will help you better track how these symptoms are interfering with your life and lifestyle. Include the severity of specific symptoms as well as items such as diet, alcohol use, exercise and water intake, as well as sleep amount and quality of the rest. This will help document the occurrence and frequency of specific symptoms over time. Dr. Burgdorf knows that when you don’t quite feel like yourself, it is easy to have days blend into one another and not be clear about the onset, duration, frequency and severity of symptoms. You just feel bad and the longer that goes on, the longer it feels like it has always been around. This can be misleading, frustrating, depressing, and debilitating, thus compounding the problem to seemingly insurmountable levels. He encourages all his patients to journal about sleep, exercise, diet, alcohol, and water intake to have a truer, more objective gauge on this.
Live in the Now. You can’t change the past. Resist the urge to question your previous decisions, blame yourself, or attempt to find fault with others involved in your journey (physicians, surgeons, implant companies, spouse, etc.). This negative energy only brings you down further and will likely impair your ability to find relief and improvement. Be vigilant about a “victim mentality” creeping into your thoughts/actions and instead be the “victor” who will stop at nothing to find relief.
Visit a Compassionate Surgeon Who Acknowledges BII as a Real Condition
While this is still a relatively new and frustratingly unclear and obtuse phenomenon, don’t get discouraged if you happen to land at an office with a doctor who doesn’t share your views on the validity of Breast Implant Illness. Keep searching. Dr. Burgdorf and the staff at Music City Plastic Surgery are happy to help navigate these uncharted and often scary waters of Breast Implant Illness with you. If you would like to visit the Nashville area and would like to set up a consultation with one of our experts, please call 615-567-5716 or visit our website at www.BIIHelp.com.