Why Isn't Immune Disorders One of the Risks Listed when a Woman Has a Breast Augmentation Consult?

Since joining this website as a girl looking to remove breast implants, I have come accross so many stories where women with breast implants are suffering from immune disorders as a result of implants. Most are reporting improvements in their health following removal of the implants altogether so there is a definite connection. I would like to know why Immune diseases aren't listed with the other risks of breast aug surgery?

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Why "Immune Disorders" is not Listed as a Risk of Breast Augmentation

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The reason "Immune Disorders" is not listed as a risk for breast augmentation is because it ISN'T a risk. That accusation was made in the 90's, but years of research and study have confirmed that there is no association between breast implants and the development of any (autoimmune) disorders, including Lupus, Rheumatoid arthritis, Scleroderma, etc.

Hope this helps

Matthew Concannon MD

Columbia Plastic Surgeon

Breast Implants do not cause Autoimmune Disorders

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Large scale studies have been conducted looking at breast implants and autoimmune disease. There is no scientific evidence that breast implants cause immune disorders. The breast implants we use are fda cleared after extensive study. Rest assured, breast implants do not cause autoimmune disease.

Why Isn't Immune Disorders One of the Risks Listed when a Woman Has a Breast Augmentation Consult?

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    No studies performed in the US have ever shown a link from breast implants and immune issues.  These studies have been exhaustive and have allowed silicone implants to be reintroduced to the market.  Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

Immune disorders and breast implants--NOT related!

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Hi Scaredstiff. Just because you read reports about alien abductions or Spock-eared "Devil babies" (or was that "Bat-babies"?) doesn't make them true, does it? Individuals who have immune disorders and breast implants are quite common, but so are individuals with immune disorders who do NOT have breast implants. The incidence is remarkably equal.

Implant patients who have their implants removed because of the (misguided, not science-based) idea that their problems are related to their implants do indeed "get better" initially, then gradually re-develop their original problems. This is a potent illustration of the placebo effect--if you really think that implant removal will make you better, it usually does. But only at first.

There have been at least 30 studies in the scientific literature (peer-reviewed, non implant company-sponsored) from other countries, university researchers, and medical institutions that have shown no cause-and-effect relationship between breast implants (saline or silicone) and any type of autoimmune or "human adjuvant" type illness.

Many individuals, some physicians (usually not plastic surgeons, so outside their area of expertise and training), and a few "special interest groups" continue to believe that implants cause or are related to certain auto immune illnesses (whose causation is still unknown), and they continue to discuss this belief. Scientific data do not support this, however. That's why they aren't listed. It's the truth! For more information click on the web reference link below for my article "Are silicone breast implants safe?" Best wishes and thanks for asking! Dr. Tholen

Richard H. Tholen, MD, FACS
Minneapolis Plastic Surgeon
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