An “influencer” surgeon with millions of followers on social media calls the medical community over what he considers painful myths about breast implants.
For some, it is a dream to have their breasts enlarged. For others, this dream is slowly becoming a nightmare – in the form of a mysterious disease called “breast implant disease” (BII).
Now, Dr. Anthony Youn, a Detroit-based plastic surgeon with a follow-up of 4.6 million on TikTok, expressed his position in the controversial debate over a disease that some doctors say does not exist.
In an Instagram “wheel” shared Tuesday night, Youn held a silicone implant in one hand while pointing to the various symptoms that “Bre * st Implants cause”
For those suffering from BII, the symptoms may not appear for months after surgery and tend to show up slowly when they do. Pain, inflammation, skin rash, hair loss, brain fog, joint pain, digestive problems and fatigue are all symptoms that are often reported by those who believe they are experiencing BII.
Many doctors have – despite desperate pleas from sick patients – said that BII is not real and that their symptoms must stem from problems unrelated to their implants.
However, Youn breaks ranks with the medical institute.
“Breast implants can cause a combination of symptoms in some women, called BII,” he explained in the video. “Yes, I think it is REAL. But I also think that most women do well with implants. But certainly not all. ”
The condition is not technically medically recognized, as no studies have concluded that the procedure and the materials for implants could induce disease, leading to a stigma suggesting that these patients constituted it.
Nevertheless, many patients have chosen to go under the knife again and have their implants removed – an “explant” – as a result of the disease that left them feeling “poisoned”.
Youn’s supporters thank him for bringing more attention around the issue.
“I was so sick,” wrote one viewer. “BII almost killed me.”
“Thank you for being so REAL,” added another. “I’ve had many friends get theirs removed because of symptoms like these, and their original plastic surgeons comment that it probably doesn’t come from the implants (although they’ve had a complete reprocessing to rule out anything else).”
Refusing to suffer in silence, online forums, such as the private Facebook group for HealingBreastImplantIllness.com, which boasts nearly 145,000 members, have been formed to support those who believe they have BII.
As thousands have come forward with these unexplained symptoms, the Food and Drug Administration issued a broad statement in 2019 to manufacturers of medical devices that produce implants, calling for more thorough research into their products.
In 2020, the FDA conducted an update on their analysis of breast implants.
“While the FDA does not have conclusive evidence that breast implants cause these symptoms, current evidence supports that some patients experience systemic symptoms that can resolve when their breast implants are removed. The FDA is required to communicate information that the agency receives about systemic symptoms reported by patients with breast implants, ”the agency wrote.