Dream surgery became a nightmare: Is breast implant illness real?


    Shayleesa Livingston tells 2News she always wanted to have bigger breasts. Last year she went under the knife and things were fine for a couple of months or so, then she started experiencing a whole range of symptoms. (Photo: KUTV)

    (KUTV_ — An Eagle Mountain woman is speaking out about something that is known as breast implant illness. It is not currently a medically recognized disorder, but it is something that is increasingly being spoken of on social media.

    Shayleesa Livingston tells 2News she always wanted to have bigger breasts. Last year she went under the knife and things were fine for a couple of months or so, then she started experiencing a whole range of symptoms. She says those included hair loss, skin discoloration, anxiety and depression.

    Shayleesa Livingston tells 2News she always wanted to have bigger breasts. Last year she went under the knife and things were fine for a couple of months or so, then she started experiencing a whole range of symptoms. (Photo: KUTV)

    She started researching those symptoms online and came across BII. She says many other women feel as though they are going through the same issues too.

    Livingston decided to then have her implants removed and did that just over 2 weeks ago. She says she now feels a million times better.

    An Eagle Mountain woman is speaking out about something that is known as breast implant illness. It is not currently a medically recognized disorder, but it is something that is increasingly being spoken of on social media. (Photo: KUTV)

    We spoke also with Dr Brian Brzowski, a board certified plastic surgeon. He says he is seeing a higher frequency in people coming in and reporting symptoms similar to Livingston.

    He adds numerous studies have been done and so far there are no proven links between BII and implants. We are also told a task force with the American Society for Aethestic Plastic Surgery is currently trying to determine a diagnostic test for any such links.

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