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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 medical information from over 150,000 women in our 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 website and then join our Facebook group for support and access to important research.     

After years of our activism on the internet and social media, on May 2, 2019, the FDA issued a statement acknowledging breast implant illness and the systemic symptoms caused by silicone including various cancers.  For more information regarding recent FDA announcements, breast implant studies, medical case reports, silicone toxicity and silicone gel bleed please see Breast Implant Safety

If you have breast implants now, 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 should ideally be removed En Bloc (in a manner that prevents contamination to you) and always with a Total Capsulectomy (remove all surrounding 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 Facebook group who used these surgeons. 

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 acknowledgement is being minimized by the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and some plastic surgeons in order to continue to sell toxic 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 the problem when they are the problem. 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 symptoms 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

We welcome your comments and questions below or directly to our email at [email protected]. Recent comments, after approved, appear first.  Most questions will receive a reply.

Best wishes in your recovery,


This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. Tammy sones

    I have felt an unknown illness for years always tired, always aching, depressed and at times hopeless. I want to have my implants removed but can not possibly afford to. Is there assistance to help?

    1. Nicole

      Hi Tammy, there is no formal assistance program. Some insurance covers explant for ruptured implants, bad capsular contracture or chronic pain. Have you looked into insurance?

  2. Shelly

    Hi, Aline
    I just want to let you know I’m Australian and I have a double rupture and I understand how expensive it is in Australia is there no way that you can get on Medicare? I think if you can get on Medicare and there is a good enough reason. Obviously capital of contraction, ruptue through causing you illness. You should be able to get them removed by Medicare but I just don’t know if you can pick the surgeon that you want, and nor will they replace the implants and do you know what do plants they are?
    I’m so sorry that you’re going through this, but I understand.

  3. Aline Hubner

    I am Brazilian living in Australia. I have a ruptured prosthesis and my doctor said he has never seen a case as serious as mine. ASIA. I don’t have government coverage or health insurance PLEASE HELP

  4. Kay

    Thankyou! Very good reading.
    I have implants & for several years felt un well.
    I went today & had a consultation about getting them removed plus capsular!
    I can’t wait!! As I’m sure these implants are making me sick. My symptoms have been, tiredness, nausea! hair loss, body aches, one breast particular has always ached! So excited to have these foreign things out to see if I feel better :).

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