ASIA syndrome, should I worry about my implants?

Dr. Luis Carlos Posada

The "ASIA Syndrome," which stands for Autoimmune Syndrome Induced by Adjuvants, is a rare medical condition in which an autoimmune or inflammatory reaction occurs due to the presence of a foreign substance in our body. Although ASIA Syndrome has been frequently associated with breast implants, it is important to note that it is not exclusive to them and could develop with other facial and body implants.

Can ASIA Syndrome be diagnosed?

It may increase the risk of developing autoimmune diseases such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis, and patients with breast implants who may develop this syndrome may also experience other health problems such as joint pain, fatigue, and exhaustion. However, the exact cause of this syndrome is still unknown, and there is much debate about whether it is directly related to silicone implants or if there are other factors at play. Moreover, the scientific evidence is inconclusive, and due to the broad and ambiguous nature of the symptoms, there is no certain and reliable diagnostic method.

What should you do?

It is always important to consult the risks with your plastic surgeon. At this time, there is no definitive answer as to whether having breast implants increases the risk of developing ASIA Syndrome. Although it is a very rare condition, it is certainly something to consider and discuss extensively with your trusted plastic surgeon since implants are ultimately external medical devices to our body, and like any surgical process, breast surgery has associated risks. It is also important to consider that breast implants need to be changed every so often, so it will be necessary to go under the knife several times at different stages of life.

Should you consider breast explantation?

In general, breast implant removal can be a beneficial procedure for patients who experience physical discomfort due to their implants or who are no longer interested in having implants. Patients who experience migraines, joint pain, and constant fatigue, symptoms that could be associated with ASIA Syndrome, have reported improvement in their symptoms after breast explantation.

If you have any symptoms that you consider worthy of attention, consult your plastic surgeon and trusted doctor. Don't hesitate to seek medical advice and take care of your health.

Dr. Luis Carlos Posada