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What is BII 

Breast implant illness, or BII, refers to a pattern of symptoms experienced by women with breast implants. Since 2018, more than 50,000 women have reported a range of BII symptoms, the most common including fatigue, brain fog, joint pain and other flu-like symptoms. Although it is not a medical diagnosis and rejected by many plastic surgeons, women experiencing symptoms commonly associated with BII note dramatic improvement in their symptoms and overall health after undergoing the breast explant surgery. 

Did you know that more than 400,000 women undergo breast implant surgery each year? The popularity of this surgery has seen a dramatic increase over the last 20 years, with about 75 percent of these surgeries being for breast augmentation and 25 percent for reconstruction after a mastectomy. However, this increase does reflect women who are replacing old implants, which occurs every 10-15 years  due to implants breaking or causing other problems.

Common Symptoms (very long list - possibly include top 10-20 most common symptoms then link to a PDF of full list?)



Arm pain/weakness

Autoimmune issues

Back/ shoulder/breast pain


Blurred vision

Body itch

Brain Fog

Breast burning

Breast pain

Breathing issues

Burning in breast

Burning in lungs when taking a full breath

Chronic bladder infection 

Chronic diarrhea

Chronic fatigue

Chronic inflammation

Chronic migraines

Chronic neck & shoulder pain

chronic pain and inflammation

Chronic sinusitis

Cognitive dysfunctions (memory loss, loss of word recall, slow to process information, lose train of thought easily)

Constant elevated temperature

constantly burning eyes, sharp vision decline

Constantly clearing of throat

Cysts in vaginal wall, breasts, scalp 

Daily headaches

Decreased vision 



Difficulty breathing

Difficulty recalling simple words

Difficulty swallowing

Digestive Issues


Dry mouth

Dry, burning eyes

Edema (hands and ankles)

Esophageal spasms 

exhausted all the time

Extreme dry scalp

Extreme eczema 

Extreme fatigue


Feeling of blacking out or passing out

Flu-like symptoms

Fluid Retention

Food sensitivities & allergies


Hair loss

Hand numbness


Hearing sensitivities, tinnitus, pressure in ears

Heavy feeling in chest

Hormone imbalance 


Increased anxiety 

Inflammation in finger joints & wrists

Inflammation/fluid retention


Joint pain


Low sex drive 

lymph node enlargement

Memory loss


Mood instabilities (irritability, fight or flight, feeling overwhelmed, isolation, depression, quick to anger or frustration)

Muscle and joint pain 

muscle fatigue


Neck/Chest pain

Neuropathies (numbness, weakness in hands, feet)

Night sweats 

Night terrors

Numb hands 

Overwhelming debilitating episodes of dizziness 

Pain in breasts 

Post exertional malaise

Rash on face and hands 

Red inflamed skin on face

Ringing in ears / hearing loss

Saliva gland swelling (right side under jaw) in reaction to multiple foods

Severe allergies

Shallow breathing

Shortness of breath

Sinus, yeast, bladder & kidney issues

Skin issues

Skin rashes

Skin sensitivity

Sleep apnea

Slow muscle recovery

Sneezing and congestion

Stabbing breast pain 

Stiff joints 

Swollen tender breasts & neck

Systemic swelling

Throat pain 

Thyroid Issues

Tingling in hands & feet


Toenail fungus

Decreased ability to do physical activity

Trouble swallowing


Vestibular dysfunction (dizziness, eye lag)

Vision issues

Visual sensitivities (flickering or moving lights difficult, dry eyes, double vision, blurry vision)

Weakened Immune System

Weight gain 

Weighted eyelids