Can You Get Breast Augmentation If You Have Lupus?

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Linsey Weatherford Profile
Hi I read your story and I am so sorry to hear that has happened to you and it was kind of disturbing.  I am curious to know that when you said, "the skin opened and a great lose of fluid started draining".  I'm curious to know what you mean by the skin opened?  Like, did it open where the incision was placed or just your skin on your breast just opened?  And was it fluid from the implant or from your body?  I am 24 years old and have been diagnosed with lupus in 2003 and was recently diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2010.  I have been considering a breast augmentation since I was 18 years old.  I have now seen about 5 plastic surgeons and have found 1 out of the 5 that I do like and may trust.  He is one of the top surgeons in the United States.  My lupus doctor gave me the okay back in 2009, to get the surgery done, due to the fact that my disease was in remission and I'm young so he didn't see any harm in it.  I haven't had the surgery done yet because I have been scared of my body rejecting the implant.  Also, I am scared of undergoing serious surgery.  Although, I have had 2 surgeries in the past year in a half and had no problems, besides having a hard time waking up from the anaesthesia.  The surgeries that I had done were not cosmetic or any kind of plastic surgery though.  This may sound a little funny and I don't know if you may believe in this stuff or not, but I have seen 3 psychics and one told me that it would'nt be in my best interest to have my breasts done because my body is going to reject it! He straight up told me like that.  The other one told me not to do it because he sees complications coming along with it.  The last one told me flat out NO!....that he already sees that my health is really bad and its only spiralling more down hill and he does'nt see no good out come in this procedure and I never told any of them about my situation or my disease.  All of those answers kind of freaked me out, even though my doctor has said, that he thinks that I would be fine.  I would like you to know that I have 2 small children 6 years of age and 3 years of age, both boys and I am very insecure about my breasts and want to do this for my own self confidence, but I struggle everyday with fatigue, low energy, chronic joint pain, headaches, short term memory loss, swelling in my joints, stress, and high anxiety.  Recently January 5, 2011 while I was working I had sudden pain and had a stress mild stoke due to sudden high blood pressure and also had high blood sugar and was rushed by ambulance from my job. I am currently not working and I am on FMLA, short term disability from my job and about to move in with a friend to get further assistance and help to get back on my feet.  I am now depressed due to the fact that I am so young and have so many health issues, but I try not to let it bring me down because I have 2 beautiful boys to care for day by day, but it can be a constant struggle for me.  One small task turns into a big long task for me.  I was told to never have kids again and that I may not be able to have kids again anymore anyways due to the fact that it can really effect my disease and make me very ill and cause me to go out of remission.  I honestly don't feel my body is in remission because of problems I have daily, don't get me wrong I have some good days and I have really bad days and when the days are bad, they can be really bad! If I wasn't on all the medication that I am currently on, I honestly don't know how I would make it through each day because it is often hard to get out of bed.  I thought I would share that with you, but to sum it up I have honestly been doing a lot more research on the breast augmentation when someone does have lupus and trying to weigh out the risks and my options.  I still want to have it done really bad because I am so insecure, but I am scared of the things that may happen.  Even though, all the doctors I have spoken to said, that they have had a lot of women with lupus get a breast augmentation done and have been fine and my lupus doctor gave me the okay as well.  Whose to say a few months down the road, my body decides one day that it is not happy with what I have chose to put it in it.  That is why I was interested in your story and thought I would comment on it and tell you a little about myself.  I hope that you will answer the questions that I have asked you and I am very sorry what has happened to you and that you didn't get the results you were looking for.  No woman wants to go through what you have went through.  I wish you the best and pray that you will get better and will be happy with yourself one day after all that you have been through.
crystal milan Profile
crystal milan answered
Hi to the girl that said she's 24 with 2 baby boys  in wants to get her breast done,can you please email me at [email protected] I'm so intrested in your story cause I recently got dignose with lupus in I'm 26....I have been wanting to get my breast imlpant since I was 19 in still havint got them in I just found out I had lupus yesterday in now I feel so sad in down because I don't know if now I will ever get my boobs done...so if you can please email me more so we can talk more about it please
Sandy Profile
Sandy answered
Hi I see this was posted quit a few months ago. If I can help 1 person considering implants its worth it. I'm now a 48yr female, I found out in sept of 02 I had Lupus. A blood clot in my upper thigh. In 05 I decided on a breast reduction I was considerably large. I did all the research and choose a qualified Dr. He was reluctant to do the procedure, his way was a bilateral mastectomy with a rebuild. For one theres a history of breast cancer in my family and two the Lupus. After some thinking and talking to my primary Dr and my family I went for it. The mastectomy went well. That was Nov of 05. Feb 8, 06 implants were put in Feb 16, 06 emergency surgery to remove. My body rejected them. Never no infection, one day they look fine the next the skin opened and a great lose of fluid started draining. I won't go through everything but as of today I have had 12 surgery's on my breast. I'm angry, depressed, scared and deformed. If I had to do it again.. No. The scares go deeper then the ones on the surface. I've had 2nd and 3rd opinions since, one says he went by the book the other said he never would have touched me.
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Anonymous answered
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is an fatal autoimmune disorder in which immune system attacks own body cells and tissues and cause inflammation and damage to tissue. Most affected areas are skin, lungs, kidney, heart, liver, joints, blood vessels and nervous system.
There are lot of controversies regarding breast augmentation in ladies having system lupus erythematosus. However, there are no scientific evidences which prove any link between autoimmune disorder like SLE and silicone or saline breast implant. People which are against this breast augmentation say that surgical procedure can cause stress and this stress can trigger lupus. But it is not necessary that every one get stress due to surgery. So, you should discuss this with your doctor and go for breast augmentation if he recommends.

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