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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 stories and medical information from over 100,000 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 website and then join the Facebook group for support and access to important research.     

After years of our activisim 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. Earlier, on February 6, 2019, the FDA warned health care providers about the association of all kinds of breast implants with cancer.  In September 2018, one of the largest ever studies published shows breast implants ARE associated with rare diseases, autoimmune disorders and other 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 now, stay calm and focus on identification of Breast Implant Illness Symptoms and when you recognize yourself in these symptoms, move to Explant. Proper removal of your breast implants is the most important step to your recovery from breast implant illness. Breast implants should be removed En Bloc (in a manner that prevents contamination to you) and 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/or 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 facebook group who used these surgeons for proper explant.

Unfortunately, you will likely not get 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. 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 / 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 several months 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.  

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 56 Comments

  1. Cathey Davidson

    My surgeon is for the swelling of my lymph nodes under arms and groin..I was referred to him by my onocologist. I have several autoimmune diseases..alopecia..fibermyalgia neuropathy..when I asked him about the things I am suffering from he barked at me I needed to see a Arthritious Dr..dont have that..plastic surgery no help.
    Who do I see ??

    1. Nicole

      Hi Cathey,
      After you realize the truth about silicone and breast implants which is they are made of an array of toxic chemicals and heavy metals and cause many symptoms and serious health problems and diseases such as many autoimmune diseases, the first real step is finding a surgeon to explant your breast implants. Your placing surgeon likely won’t explant you, so you likely need to find another surgeon experienced at explant: https://www.healingbreastimplantillness.com/explant-surgeons/.

  2. Wendy Ramel

    I have had saline implants for 20 years with no problems. Now my boobs are aching. I have no clue what kind of saline implants I have AND my Dr retired years ago so I don’t know how to get any info. I haven’t been to a Dr yet.

    1. Paula

      Same!!!! Have HORRIBLE migraines though since 1999

    2. Jami

      My Dr retired years ago as well. When I was given my folder with all the info in it after I had my augmentation done, it did not include the type of implant that was used. So, I called the practice (there were new Dr’s there) and although he had retired, they were able to retrive my information from archives.

  3. Lisa

    Thank you Nicole your a life saver 🤗 I will keep on detoxing and pushing through this and boosting any nutritional deficiencies I come across. I just hope I did not do any long term damage to my system. It worries me. I will also look into B12 shots as well!
    Thank you for helping so many women. Your truly a blessing. 😇

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