Welcome to Healing Breast Implant Illness
This website originally my story of breast implant illness and first published in February 2013, has become the culmination of breast implant illness stories and medical information from over 150,000 women in the Facebook group Breast Implant Illness and Healing By Nicole. Our personal experience of breast implant illness is the foundation of our wisdom and may it be of benefit to you. If you have breast implants or are thinking of them, please read this entire website and then join the Facebook group for support and access to important research.
After years of activism on the internet and social media, on May 2, 2019, the FDA issued a statement acknowledging breast implant illness and some of the systemic symptoms caused by silicone. Prior to acknowledging breast implant illness, on February 6, 2019, the FDA warned health care providers about the association of all kinds of breast implants with cancer. Additionally in September 2018, one of the largest ever studies published shows breast implants ARE associated with rare diseases, autoimmune disorders and serious health problems. For more information regarding the FDA announcements, recent studies, medical case reports, silicone toxicity and silicone gel bleed please see Breast Implant Safety.
If you have breast implants, stay calm and focus on identification of Breast Implant Illness Symptoms, when you recognize yourself in these symptoms, then move to Explant. Proper removal of your breast implants is the most important step to recovery from breast implant illness. Breast implants ideally should be removed En Bloc (in a manner that prevents contamination to you) and always with a Total Capsulectomy (remove all capsule tissue). The body, when treated well has an amazing healing and regenerative capacity. Trust in your body’s ability to heal. Choose a surgeon that is skilled and experienced at En Bloc and Total Capsulectomy removal of breast implants and is dedicated to removing all capsule tissue. Here is an international list of Explant Surgeons recommended by the members of our group who used these surgeons for proper explant.
Unfortunately, you will likely not get much help identifying breast implant illness from your doctor or plastic surgeon. There is no test for breast implant illness and it’s being minimized by plastic surgery associations and some plastic surgeons in order to continue to sell breast implants. Many women suffering from breast implant illness are misdiagnosed and mistreated for diseases that have similar symptoms and have been repeatedly told their breast implants are not causing their symptoms. Don’t waste time on misdiagnoses and mistreatment. Time is of the essence to your health. Trust your inner wisdom. Saline and silicone breast implants made with toxic chemicals and heavy metals do not belong in our healthy bodies. Further, some plastic surgeons may attempt to talk you out of explant or tell you a Total Capsulectomy is not necessary. Do not believe this, in fact, we suggest not using a plastic surgeon for explant unless he/she readily acknowledges breast implant illness and insists on a En Bloc or Total Capsulectomy explant and is experienced at proper explant and can prove it to you with photos of En Bloc and Total Capsulectomy explants.
After your proper explant, detoxification and healing will unfold over a year or two and here are some Silicone Detox guidelines to help you support yourself during your detox. Step by step you can heal. Under our RESOURCES section, we have compiled other important information which will assist you through this process and contribute to your healing. Due to so many women being affected negatively by breast implants, litigation is picking up, please go here to Breast Implant Lawsuits to learn of trends in lawsuits being filed and also which attorneys are accepting cases.
Please enjoy the first ever documentary about breast implant illness by Leigh Wood of South Africa: Toxic Tits .
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Best wishes in your recovery,