Detoxification of Silicone and Saline Breast Implants

Detoxification of Silicone
and Saline Breast Implants

Breast implants contain an array of toxic chemicals and heavy metals which cause us symptoms and health problems.  But after our proper explant, when our inflammation is lower, our body undertakes detoxification of these silicone chemicals, heavy metals and infections due to immune deficits.   Our silicone detox and healing from breast implants generally unfolds over a year or two, in flareups, which come and go with symptoms gradually dropping away for good.  However, some women heal quicker than one year and some take longer than two years to heal.  

Rest assured after your explant your body knows how to detox and heal on its own if supported by a healthy diet, quality sleep and a postive attitude.  Anticipate your healing in all ways.  The following are guidelines and suggestions, in order of importance, that will help you support yourself through your silicone detox and healing from breast implants.  The first four steps will be enough for most women to heal well from breast implants. 

Steps to Detoxify (silicone detox)
Your Body From Silicone and Saline Breast Implants

1.  Explant – The first and most important step to detox the body from breast implants is to properly explant your breast implants which means an En Bloc / Total Capsulectomy explant. Please see Explant for a full explanation of a proper explant and Explant Surgeons for a list of surgeons who are known to remove breast implants properly. Removing your breast implants which is the root of your toxicity starts your healing process.  Directly after explant your body will concentrate on healing the surgical wounds and detoxing surgical medications such as anesthesia, antibiotics and pain medication.  A month or two after surgery your body will begin the longer process of detoxing stored chemicals, heavy metals, infections and healing your glands and organs and your healing will unfold over a year or two.    

2.  Diet – The next most important step after removal of breast implants is to support your body’s natural systems of detoxification through a organic, whole foods, anti-inflammatory diet.  Anti-inflammatory diets eliminate sugars, gluten grains, dairy products and other foods known to be inflammatory to our gut.  Your diet will be the most important factor in supporting your natural detoxification and managing your day to day symptoms.  Examples of diets that work well for us are the AutoImmune Protocol diet if you have autoimmune symptoms, an antifungal / low mycotoxin diet if you suffer from yeast overgrowth or mold which is common in us. The Gerson Therapy diet is a good diet if you are vegan or vegetarian and is also known to be a powerful detoxification regime itself.  Some ladies have good luck following the Whole 30 diet or Medical Medium‘s diet suggestions. Diets like these are nutritious, lower inflammation, do not feed fungus and will support your natural detoxification.

3.  Heal Your Gut – Many women who have breast implants have poor digestion and IBS.  Some women develop allergies due to leaky gut and lose the ability to digest dairy, wheat and and other inflammatory foods. All inflammatory and allergenic foods should be cut out of the diet in order to lower inflammation to support digestion. Bone broth and powdered collagen will help heal leaky gut. A few may need Betaine HCL and digestive enzymes to help digest their food. If your gut is badly damaged and not responding to good diet and you need additional help please investigate the GAPS diet for healing  damaged guts. Probiotics, especially lactic acid producing probiotics, found in fermented foods and on raw fruits and vegetables are important for restoring healthy gut flora which modulates the immune system and removes toxins.  Take lots of probiotics supplements or fermented foods each day to bring your gut flora, digestion and bowels back to healthy.  Rotate probiotics to get a variety of flora in your gut over time.  Eat prebiotic foods and resistant starch carbs to feed your probiotics, don’t starve your probiotics.

4.   Infections In Us Due to Immune Deficits – After explant, some women discover fungal colonization in their saline implants and other women had contact with mold in their environment and have CIRS but by far the most common fungal infection in us is overgrowth of yeast and Candida.  Other infections that are not uncommon in us are UTIH-pylori, SIBO, bacterial infections in capsules and root canals, mycoplasma infections, Lyme, EBV, herpes and even parasites.  These bacterial, fungal, viral and parasitical infections caused by immune deficits and poor gut health due to breast implants need to be eliminated for a full recovery as they are contributing to our symptoms. Sometimes these infections can be detected through various tests but not always.  Bacterial infections are treated with antibiotics. Mold should be treated with mold eliminating protocols by doctors knowledgeable about mold.  Fungal infections such as yeast overgrowth and Candida are treated with antifungal diets and antifungals whether natural or prescription. Antifungal diets and antifungals are important to overcoming fungus however our healthy gut flora and probiota controls yeast and Candida overgrowth in the long run and re-establishing good gut health and gut flora is one of the most important tools in combating fungus. 

5.  Check for MTHFR Genetic Variants and Support your Methylation and Detox Pathways – MTHFR genetic variants may be inhibiting your ability to detox ad especially if left untreated. MTHFR genetic variants impair our ability to break down crucial B vitamins that support liver methylation and other important functions.  MTHFR  may be supported with a few supplements such as Methylfolate known as L-5-MTHF and MethylB12 supplements knowns as Methylcobalamin, Adenosylcobalamin or Hydroxocabalmin (different forms of B12 targeting specific areas) and MethylB6 known as Pyridoxal-5′.  My own MTHFR status accounted for my own poor reaction to breast implant chemicals and heavy metals and delays in detoxing.  If you have one of the more serious MTHFR genetic variants I suggest not to stimulate detox and take binders to help you escort toxins from your body.  Aside from MTHFR, many women in the group have low B12 due to years with toxic breast implants because B12 is used during liver methylation and detoxification.  B12 is crucial to other processes in our body including our iron levels and neurological processes and many feel much better when their B12 is brought back to healthy levels.

6. Heavy Metals – Most women will detox heavy metals from breast implants naturally over time and need not worry about heavy metals.  If you are worried an inexpensive, preliminary heavy metals test is Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis or Hair Toxic Elements Exposure testing.   Hair tests can give a lot of good health information because they reveal your minerals status which can point to certain health problems common in us such as slow metabolizing or thyroid and adrenal problems.  If heavy metals show high in hair tests, you may want to follow that up with a provoked urine heavy metals test to see what that shows.  If a provoked urine test for heavy metals shows very high metals you may want to consider a gentle oral chelation supplement under a health care provider.  

7.  Support your Endocrine and Immune System – Consider checking your Cortisol levels with a pm Cortisol blood test or a Four Point Cortisol test and check your thyroid’s free T3, T4 conversion to see if your adrenals and thyroid are functioning properly. You may need to support both adrenals and thyroid in order to get well. There are various supplements that will help support your endocrine and immune system. Echinacea, Epicor, Tansfer Factors Multi Immune are known as good supplements to support the immune system as are certain mushrooms such as Reishi. Vitamin C and zinc support the immune system too.

8.  Progesterone – Progesterone stimulates your natural, nightly detoxification cycle and helps balance your hormones and support your adrenals and thyroid. As silicone is an endocrine disruptor and estrogenic in nature (acts like estrogen in the body) and toxic chemicals and heavy metals damage thyroid and adrenals some ladies experience markedly diminished hormones, hormonal imbalances and low progesterone and this is another reason you need to undergo silicone detox. Have your hormone levels tested and supplement with bio-identical hormones and especially progesterone if you are low so that you feel better, heal better and your natural cycle of detoxification is working. If you have to supplement estrogen avoid oral medications because they slow your liver detoxification cycle down and cause fungus to proliferate in the gut. I had to take bio-identical for a time but as I healed I was able to eliminate them.

9.  Green Vegetable Juicing – Vegetable juicing is very helpful to supply extra nutrition, potassium and enzymes crucial for healing and detoxification (silicone detox). Try and include a large vegetable juice in your diet each day. I found the Gerson Therapy Green Juice here very helpful to how I felt day to day and to my overall healing:

10.  Remineralization – Minerals are required for every aspect of your body and for detoxification (silicone detox). We suggest putting a pinch of high quality Celtic or sea salt and a couple drops of ionic liquid minerals in each glass of water to get various minerals on an ongoing basis. Most of us are so low on magnesium which is affecting our health. Magnesium is important to cell and muscle function and how you feel day to day and is usually very low in toxic and stressed people. Magnesium malate or magnesium glycinate is the preferable source for magnesium. Calcium may be required, too, especially if you cannot eat dairy foods. Potassium is a very important mineral to cells for healing and detoxification. If you are eating plenty of fruits and veggies and doing some green juicing you should be getting enough potassium. Use ionic liquid mineral supplements to replace the more trace minerals. Get a Hair Test to test yourself for low minerals that may need shoring up so you can heal.

11.  Vitamin and Antioxidant Supplements to Lower Inflammation – Vitamin and antioxidant supplements help keep inflammation low which stimulates detoxification. Please carefully read all labels and research supplements that you take as some have unhealthy ingredients you need to avoid. Vitamins A, B, C, E, Selenium, Zinc, CoQ10/Ubiquinol, Turmeric/ Curcumin, Milkthistle, Ginger and Krill Oil will all help lower inflammation in your body and keep your detoxification cycle up regulated. Vitamin D is important to healing and is the vitamin that controls all hormones and is low in most of us. Most of us are very low in B vitamins and especially B12. Meyer’s Cocktail IV’s can help you restore low vitamins and minerals.  Acetylcholine can be an important supplement in our healing too as it stimulates the vagus nerve to lower inflammation and eliminates brainfog. Acetylcholine can be found in lecithin supplements.

12.  Stimulate Detox – The body knows how to detox on its own.  We don’t feel you need to stimulate detox or recommend that you do but certain supplements are known to stimulate detoxification such as Vitamin C, Magnesium, Chlorella/Spirulina, Lipoic Acid, MSM, Inositol (for silicone detoxification), NAC (N-Acetyl L-Cysteine) and Iodine. Do your research on these and go slow. If you try them, try one at a time, taking smaller doses to begin with to test for tolerance and gradually titrating up your doses to stimulate detoxification until you feel symptoms. Then rest for some days while those toxins clear and then repeat. Don’t take Chlorella, Lipoic Acid or NAC if you have mercury fillings as it will drag mercury around your body which causes inflammation. When you stimulate detoxification strongly, try a binder to bind toxins and help carry them out of the body. Binders like clay or charcoal absorb toxins and carry them out of the body. Take care and do not use charcoal for periods of longer than three weeks as charcoal binds healthy minerals and nutrients too.

13.  Glutathione – If you do research on detoxification you will come across information on glutathione which is produced in the body and acts as the body’s master detoxifier picking up free radicals, toxins and heavy metals and escorting them out of the body. Normally, glutathione is created and recycled in the healthy body except when the toxic load becomes too great then it becomes depleted. Glutathione is made from the amino acids cysteine, glutamine and glycine. If you want to increase your glutathione you can take the inexpensive supplements NAC (N-Acetyl L-Cysteine) 4 parts, glutamine 2 parts and glycine 1 part in a glass of water between meals. No need to buy expensive glutathione supplements.   Alternatively, you can also take organic, grass-fed, un-denatured whey powder which has all the precursors of glutathione if you can tolerate dairy products.

14.  Exercise – Get exercise everyday if possible. At first walking, yoga and swimming are great exercises for healing breast implant illness and silicone detox. Gradually work up.  Go outside for fresh air, sun and to connect with nature each day. If possible, sit or lie on the ground/grass/beach each day to eliminate inflammation in your body through grounding.

15. Sauna Therapy and Epsom Salt Baths – If you have access to an infrared sauna, sauna two to three times each week. It is well known that toxins and heavy metals are eliminated through the skin by sweating and infrared kills microbes in the body. Avoid saunas if you have implants and or mercury fillings. Also take a couple Epsom salt baths a week for magnesium replenishing and detoxification (silicone detox).

16.  Low-Level Light Therapy, Oxygen Therapy, Ozone Therapy – I read another lady’s site that said she had profound healing after receiving low-level light therapy treatments on her chest to break down capsule tissue which should have been removed but was not. Not only did the low-level light therapy breakdown the capsule tissue, it also killed the bacteria and fungus in her chest. Although I have not had a chance to try it, I believe it works and could be a profound healing tool for some. Chiropractors use low-level light therapy in their practices, hopefully you can find one near you. I have personally tried oxygen therapy and it does stimulate healing. Many are having good results getting rid of bacteria, mold/fungus and viruses using ozone.

17.  Timeframe to Feel Healthy – You will notice that the process of detoxification (silicone detox) does increase inflammation in the body and the feeling of illness for a period. Moving toxic chemicals, bio-toxins and heavy metals through your body and organs will cause inflammation and detox symptoms (headaches, brain fog, negative mentalism, emotionalism, sore back bone, sore joints, general illness, fatigue, digestive disturbances) and an increase of your specific symptoms which is why you should go slow and need to take rests from detoxing but always maintain your clean diet and some exercise if possible. Detoxification (silicone detox) of breast implants is not a straight line, but rather an up and down process generally lasting one to two years. After explant, you will notice certain symptoms go away but then in a few months after explant, your body will begin the heavy work of detoxing stored chemicals and heavy metals from your cells and your symptoms will increase and go up and down for some months but gradually disappear one by one. Most women feel substantially healed within about one to two years. If you are not improving over years, then you need to look for other sources of toxicity. Perhaps you have a bacterial or fungal infection.  Please ensure you are not living or working in a moldy environment. Perhaps you have mercury toxicity from your amalgams.  Perhaps you have root canals that are producing potent bacteria creating illness in your body. Perhaps you have parasites. There will be a reason you are not healing.

Most of the above are things I did to get well. I was able to research a lot on the processes of detoxification and I tried a lot of things. I hurt myself sometimes by speeding up detox too much and unleashing more heavy metals and toxins than my body and organs were able to handle at one time. So, take care. If you try supplements, add one thing at a time so you can tell if something bothers you. Not everyone will be able to tolerate any or all of these suggestions and especially not in the beginning of your healing. Some have done nothing to detox and healed too.  If you have a bad reaction, stop everything and rest. Then add one thing back in at a time so you can tell what is causing the reaction. Trust your own instincts.  It takes time to heal this illness and the damage we have done to our bodies so be patient with yourself and trust in your healing.

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This Post Has 85 Comments

  1. Tara

    Thank you for all of the information. I had saline implants for 17 years, and I had them removed 3 days ago. I am feeling emotional and overwhelmed, but I will continue to come back to re-read the information here and process it all. I appreciate the information on diet going forward. I was experiencing severe joint pain and auto immune symptoms with no explanation based on my lab work. I am a fitness instructor and active person, yet the bloating and constant abdominal distention was increasingly discouraging. I developed an absolute intolerance to certain foods without explanation. I have experienced increasing brain fog and anxiety that was often debilitating.

    I appreciate the resources. Thank you so much. I’m just feeling a little overwhelmed.

  2. Kiki

    Hi Nicole, thanks for the great information. I wonder if it’s worth mentioning using natural skincare/ body care, as our skin is the largest organ and absorbs all the toxic chemicals we put on it.
    I think swapping to natural washing detergents and laundry liquids as these are also absorbed. 🙂

    1. Nicole

      Hi Kiki,
      Thank you for the suggestion, in the group I say, don’t put anything on your skin that you would not put in your mouth during your detox and healing period.

      1. Ree Ved

        Hi Nicole

        I explanted 6 years ago after a ruptured PIP implant. Symptoms have been largely under control except the fatigue which has been chronic. Now 6 years on I have all symptoms again. Fatigue, hair thinning, rash, memory problems, very painful joints and muscles. I’m 36 and it sucks quite a bit!

        I exercise and my diet is good. I think I need to now go for a heavy metal detox but a little unsure where to start with that. If you know of any successful intensive therapies, it would be great to know.

        Thanks so much

        1. Nicole

          Hi Ree,
          Did you get the vaccine recently which may have initiated similar symptoms? I detoxed heavy metals using DMSA, Alpha Lipoic Acid and also NAC, all of those supplements grab onto metals and escort them out of the body. NAC also supports our bodies natural detox systems. Make sure you are on an anti-inflammatory and antifungal type diet, eating Keto style (low carb) supports our healing well.

          1. Ree Ved

            Hi Nicole,

            Thanks so much for your reply. I have chosen not to get the covid vaccines but did get covid in July. It is possible that triggered something.

            Brilliant thanks for the detox tips. I have seen somewhere offering Glutathione injection which I may look into further.

            The main difference I’ve seen this time round is how sore my muscles are. The fatigue never left but it feels intensified right now.

            I’m on anti inflammatory but perhaps need to research more re anti fungal. I take a good chunk of vitamins to replenish too.

            Can I ask-have all of your symptoms now disappeared/are under control?

            Thank you

          2. Nicole

            Hi Ree, yes, I am totally healed from breast implants but it did take me a few years to recover my health from all the damage they did. Be patient, you’ll get there, clean diet is key to managing symptoms, cutting out inflammatory foods.

          3. Ree

            Thanks Nicole. Such great news to hear you’re totally healed. Really gives me hope! I had the PIP implants and my left one ruptured. Though they took it out-including the shell, there is a lot of residual silicone in my left breast which I think they can’t remove.

            I don’t know if the things you’ve recommended have the potential to strip that silicone out of my body even if there’s physical silicone still picked up on ultrasound scans as it did recently. Do you have a view?

            That’s my last question. Thanks so much for everything you’re doing on here 😊

    2. Leslie

      Absolutely true. Good point.

  3. Louise

    Hello Nicole, thank you so much for this site.
    I explanted April 2020 and today I’m 10 weeks pregnant. I know I still have a lot of rest products from the implants in my body, and I wonder how I can eat without detoxing too hard? I’m planning to do a more proper detox after the birth and breastfeeding, but it would be meaningful to hear your thoughts about what I can do in this moment without causing any damage on my little one. Thank you

    1. Nicole

      Hi Louise,
      You likely do not have to worry about detoxing at all and especially because you are pregnant!

  4. Chris Jackson

    I lived in a house that had a leak under it and it pooled water for years. We had continual mold issues in one hallway, not very noticeable, but some black dots kept popping up on the wall. I somehow got mold sick in that house and never recovered. It took took 20+ years to figure it all out, I just today figured out a connection to Silicone intake and Lupus, Ive now got lupus symptoms and its from the mold but I think its more from the binders plugging up my liver. When you get mold damage in our body, all the experts will suggest zeolite clay or bentonite clay, or other “binder” Beware they all can really hurt you, but the silicone zeolite seems the absolute worst. Mold, silicone, lupus skin burn and zeolite clay connection.

    1. Sonia

      So how are you healing?

  5. Samantha Bryant

    Good Morning Nicole, I’m wondering if you can help me. I’m 7 months explant with complete capsule removal. I’m experiencing a lot of different stomach “issues”. I’d like to attribute to my body detoxing (I quickly forget how much time this will take) as well as entering menopause. I’m bloated, weight gain, gas, indigestion . Any thoughts?

    1. Nicole

      Hi Samantha,
      Those symptoms are very common in us due to fungal overgrowth such as yeast/Candida overgrowth which usually flaresup after explant due to the antibiotics we take during explant surgery damaging our good gut flora which keeps fungal overgrowth in check in the long run. Antifungal diets and lots of probiotics helped me put my gut back in balance.

  6. Sheyla

    Please help, I’m 9 months post explant, my tonsils are super swollen, feels like something is constantly stuck in my throat for the last 12 months, also have a swollen lymph node on my neck, I’m suffering from headaches and ear pressure every single day. Doctors don’t know what else to do with me. Any tips?

    1. Nicole

      Hi Sheyla,

      Were the capsules ompletely removed when you explanted? Get your throat swabbed to see what is infecting your tonsils. Watch for thrush and fungal infections which can cause some symptoms you list. If you have antibiotics when you explanted this can cause a overgrowth of fungal in us such as thrush, fungal sinus infections, fungal in our gut such as yeast and Candida overgrowth. Antifungal diets, antifungals and lots of probiotics are necessary for many of us due to the fungal overgrowth we commonly get.

      1. Sarah

        This is exactly me right now except I am 2.5 years post explant I’ve had multiple tests and no knows what’s going on. I have swelling and pain in my cheek above my sinus and around my eye socket but apparently my sinus is all clear, I have ear pressure, headaches and the lymph node in my neck is swollen. Irs been going on for a month now and I am desperate for a solution.
        I have a suspicion that not all my capsules were removed and wanted to know the best test to check to see if that is the case?

        1. Nicole

          Hi Sarah,
          Have you checked for fungal overgrowth? If you research sinusitis it’s almost always caused by fungal infections in our sinus. Fungal and other infections have to be eliminated in order to heal after explant.

          1. Sarah

            Hi Nicole thanks for getting back to me. I have since discovered that I don’t have sinusitis. The Dr’s don’t have a clue whats going on.

            Here is the full run down of what’s been going on thrbkast 7 weeks.

            It started with facial pain just above the cheek bone and the following day I had a pocket of swelling near the nose and what I assumed to be sinusitis it was very tender and a bit red so i got some over the counter sinus meds and carried on this way for a week, until I noticed the lymph node in my neck was swollen. I saw a Dr who prescribed antibiotics but I had a very bad reaction to them them and was throwing up and having panic attacks so they gave me an injection to claim things down and told me to wait a week before trying a different antibiotic.
            2nd antibiotics and I had the same reaction as before and the pain and pressure in my face is giving my a headache my right ear indeed nostril are blocked and I’m dizzy and the lymph node is still swollen.

            I then goto an ENT who does and endoscopy and sinus cavity in the nose is all clear he sends me to a dentist to check it’s not tooth infection that comes back all clear so back to the ENT for a CT scan and what do you know sinus is completely clean no infection.

            Next stop an infection disease Dr who does blood tests to check for infection and also an ultrasound of the lymph nodes in the neck – again everything is coming up clear.

            I’m in my 7th week of this and no one knows what it is, I can’t take any form of medication as I keep having a reaction to it but I’m in constant pain and it’s driving me insane.
            The swollen pockets on my face appear to be superficial and change in size and placement from day to day some days they are more painful than others. The best way to describe them is that they are similar to when you get bitten by a mosquito and you get a raised white area of the skin.

            One other thing to mention, I have been seeing an osteopath for the last 2 months originally for sciatic pain but have been going weekly for treatments as something else always seemed to pop up that needed her attention but now I’m wondering if going to her had an adverse effect re detoxing.

            Any advice greatly appreciated. 🙏🏻❤

        2. Marina

          have you gone to the dentist to ck for dental issues? that can cause those symptoms too

    2. Sonia

      Hi, did u ever get answers?

  7. Bridget

    I explant in 35 days. Does anyone have the recipe for that Gerson juice recipe? The link doesn’t lead to a recipe. thank you!

    1. Nicole

      Hi Bridget,

      I will fix the link today!

  8. Melanie

    So I only had my implants for 7 months and right away knew something wasn’t right with them and got them removed. How long do you think it will take me to detox from them if they were only in a short period of time. Right now I’m almost 9 wpo and have been having headaches and getting heart palpitations for about a week off and on. Also how long does a detox wave last?

    1. Nicole

      Hi Melanie,
      If you got a proper explant which means all the capsule tissue was removed, your healing will likely unfold over a year or so.

  9. shanna sanchez

    I’m 10 1/2 months post explant and a lot of my symptoms have subsided but i’m still dealing with neuropathy issues. I have pain in both feet that tend to up my legs and effect my knees. I’ve had x rays done of my knees as well as a nerve conduction test done and multiple brain MRIs and all came back normal. I’m feeling hopeless at this point. I’m 35years old with a 4 year and I feel like my everyday life is still being hindered. Has anyone dealt with any of this? or done anyone know of a neurologist in the tampa area that Is familiar with BII. I don’t feel like my neurologist is listening to me.

    1. Nicole

      Hi Shanna,
      Have you had gadolinium contrast? What’s your diet like? Please read our Silicone Detox page on the website to understand which diets best manage our symptoms and support your healing. Your healing will continue past one year too, so be patient.

      1. Iris Carpenter

        I’m thinking of trying TRS liquid zeolite, the clinoptilolite (sp?) type to start detoxing about 2 weeks after my Apr 7th explant. Your ideas? Getting a little nervous now.

        1. Nicole

          Hi Iris,
          I did not use TRS because when I researched it I found that TRS Clinoptilolite is a natural zeolite composed of a microporous arrangement of silica and aluminum tetrahedra. Silica and aluminum are both in breast implants and can be aggravating to us. Try it but pay attention to how you feel, watch for an increase in inflammation with it.

    2. Kristine

      Yes I have neuropathy too. And I’m so sorry u too are dealing with this. Mine has affected my peroneal nerve so I have drop
      Foot. I am only 2 weeks explant. I will let you know if anything starts to work better. I have noticed a decrease since explant but still having a hard time walking. Keep the faith. It takes time 😘

      1. Kim

        Hi Kristine,
        I have neuropathy & drop foot, too. My explant scheduled for June 8th. I would love to hear how you’re doing.

    3. Tam

      Have you ever taken Ciprofloxacin, Levaquin or Avelox? They prescribe these black box antibiotics for a UTI’s, kidney infections, etc. These antibiotics are fluoride based. They are called fluoroquinolones. I took 4 250mg doses of Cipro in 2011. It caused instant damage to my feet. I had extreme pain and developed torn tendons in both Achillis. Every joint was affected. Cortisone shots in my feet did not help. Anyway, I thought it was worth mentioning. There is a ton of info online and on Facebook too. My feet hurt more now after explant. I am hoping it subsides soon.

      1. Sondria Giardina

        I was on a Macrobid when mine happened!!! For a UTI

    4. Sondria Giardina

      I was diagnosed with complex regional pain syndrome in my legs. The pain is burning, stabbing, can’t stand on them for long because they swell. Night time is horrible. I can’t wear shoes other then slippers or flip flops. And no clothing that touches my legs. It is miserable!!! I haven’t explanted yet, hoping to get my appointment tomorrow and I’m hoping that in time it will help with my pain!

      1. Mary Gregory

        I was diagnosed with CRPS in my rt arm, it is miserable. But I never thought of someone having it in their legs, I can’t imagine. I explanted in Jan and so many of my symptoms went away, not all of them, but so many. My CRPS is better I don’t have to wear a glove or sweaters or blankets everyday but I’m the pain is still there and I was also diagnosed with RA in a finger of the same hand. I thought CRPS was horrible but I think RA is worse. But my question is, have you explanted yet? If so how are you doing now? Did your CRPS get better? If you haven’t explanted yet could you possibly, if you remember, to update me when you do explant. I am very curious to see if this pain will go away completely and if yours does what did you do to help it along. I wish you all the best in your recovery.

  10. Stacey pillari

    I had an explant of Allergan Natrelle smooth gummies done dec 2019 and my left was ruptured. Most of my health issues are better except my left hand hurts in joint, my knee joint, and my neck at c curve and left trap feels knotted up and frozen. Also, I am still weak with less energy. My joints in the areas ache constantly and I don’t know what to do. Is this all from the toxins? Will it ever get better? What can I do?

  11. Kate

    I had gotten my explant done in April 2019. I am still experiencing chronic joint pain when I eat outside of my few foods that don’t cause me pain. But as of a couple months ago, I am experiencing a burning sensation in my left side breast. I am going for an ultrasound in January. Has anyone had this kind of burning pain before? Could it be a bacterial infection? Thank you to anyone in advance

    1. Meredith

      Hi! I have had a burning pain in my left breast for a couple of weeks and no clue why. I’m curious what you found out from your scan?

  12. Sheri

    Thank you for this information. I just discovered you. I just had my silicone implants removed two weeks ago. My mammogram showed they were leaking. They were in fact ruptured. I had the same implants for 41 years. I stumbled onto your web site looking for information on how to heal my body. I have been feeling a little achey in my joints. I am thankful for this information and the support group you have started. I’m looking forward to feeling better!

  13. Meg Miller

    Thank you for all the info! So ready to explant and begin healing. <3

  14. Carol

    Hi Nicole. I’m 3 weeks post explant. My heart palpitations have significantly improved to almost none however I’m still struggling with tinnitus and sudden hearing loss in my left ear. I then began to notice the ringing in my right ear even before I explanted. I’m absolutely terrified that I will lose hearing in that ear as well. I’m taking my vitamins and most supplements that you’ve listed, but I’m just not sure what to do at this point. I’ve ordered a binder to help with detox, I’ve been having a headache for the last 3-4 days, I still have brain fog, moodiness and definitely negative mentalism. I’m just not really sure what to do from here as I can’t afford to go above and beyond, my doctors have said my lab work comes back normal so I just feel super low. Any advice? Thank you.

    1. Nicole

      Hi Carol,
      Our healing from breast implant illness unfolds over a year or two after explant not within a few months so do not worry you will heal. Healthy, clean diet is the best way to control symptoms during your detox and healing period.

  15. Annette Fuller

    Hello Nicole, my sister explanted her almost 30 yr old saline mentor implants January 2020. If not for this website, I would’ve never been able to research her symptoms and put together what at least 20+ doctors over 12+ years of her unbelievable suffering were unable to do.
    Now that I am able to work entirely from home, I will be moving from NJ to Georgia to be with her throughout. To date, she has felt little to no improvement; many days worse and still resides “in”bed more than “out”. I truly believe she was explainted properly by a surgeon from your website; Dr. Matthew Stanwix . I realize this is a long process but feel she could benefit with the knowledge to be gained and shared from you and others in the group.
    Can’t thank you enough Nicole
    Sincerely, Ann Fuller

  16. Catherine weiss

    thank you, this has been frustrating but together we will heal, i can feel the poision i try to ignor and trust the body to naturaly detox, but im doing enemas coffee, and steamers and gental walking and nature also meditation, i love crystals and pray, this is for our aura and soul, mentally we suffer so need cover all angles, gental rekie too, i also love hot baths, i need it jump in cold ocean and hot springs will help to, and fun, smile, we are going be ok, i trust it, iv had siicon in me from rupture that the doc left runny silicon in me, yicks, i really been ill, body pain head, heart eyes hole body joints, now explanted 1 month ago.
    im now gently detoxing and am geting more better each day.

  17. Char Gamble

    Hi Nicole,

    I found your site from an article about breast implant illness. It helped me in making my final decision to explant though my plastic surgeon suggested getting another set, along with radiation guided injections at pain management (I declined). It has only been a week since explant and I absolutely am convinced I have made the right decision. I thank you so much for helping me, and providing so much helpful data for my journey. The support of your facebook group has helped me so much emotionally, mentally, and physically. The ability to engage and connect with others has been indescribably essential in my healing. I will be part of this group for life. I am going to rally for change in South Dakota and try to help others and make a difference though I am still healing myself. Your contribution to me means so much more than words can express. I am 46 years old, and am beginning to feel zest for life again (even with drains and incisions). Thank you for giving so much to me, and so many.

    1. Dianna Martin

      I’m from South Dakota and just found out from an MRI that my left silicone implant has leaked. I had bilateral mastectomy and reconstruction in 2003 while living in Missouri. I’m currently finding a doctor for explant (hopefully both sides) and learning a lot from this site. The past two years I’ve had fatigue, brain fog, anxiety, depression, thyroid and adrenal issues. I’ve never had any of these things before and I’m over 65. I’ve always worked out and been very active and healthy so I hope I heal quickly once I find a doctor to remove these things.

  18. Megan Henke


    I just got my implants out yesterday. How long should I heal until I start detoxing my body? When is the best time?

    1. Nicole

      Hi Megan,
      Allow yourself a couple months to heal from surgery, by then your body will naturally start detoxing.

  19. Lynde

    Hi Nicole,

    I explanted 1 year ago. I feel quite a bit better but my body pains are still lingering. I have the mutation of my MTHFR which leaves me with only 30% ability to detox. Do you know of any doctors either NP or functional that understands healing from implants in WA state? It would be helpful to have assistance. I’m south of Seattle.

    1. Nicole

      Hi Lynde,
      Sorry, off hand I do not know of a good NP in your area. In general for most women it takes a couple years to heal and those of us that have the genetic detox defects known as MTHFR may take a little longer but we heal too.

    2. Kari

      Hi Nicole,
      I also love south of Seattle WA. I just explanted yesterday by Dr. Miles at Swedish. Find me on Instagram and I can give you my amazing Naturopaths number 😊

    3. Krissy

      Interactive health in lynnwood- dr Cochran specializes in detox

  20. Rhonda

    When is the best time after explant/Enbloc to start detox?

    1. Nicole

      Hi Rhonda,
      Healthy, clean diet is always helpful to the body but we suggest to wait until you are done healing from explant surgery before undertaking anything that stimulates detox.

  21. Laurel

    Hey Nicole, do you suggest getting rid of root canals?

    1. Nicole

      Hi Laurel,
      I do suggest to try and avoid getting them if possible and if you have them get them checked to see if they are a source of infection. Sometimes root canals can be infected and really contributing to a decline in health.

      1. Deborah

        Hi char. I live in Billings, Montana. Who did you find to do your explant? So happy your feeling better. I’ve had mine for over 20 yrs. I have insurance but they say i got them done for cosmetic reasons so they won’t pay to have them removed. BCBC. Any info on how to medical code correctly would be so wonderful. Thanks

  22. Cheryl

    Hi Nicole, I am trying to find info on shatavari powder , I know when I navigate thru FB site I can’t find a exact post when to begin taking, how long etc… also I went on amazon I really want to find a book with post op explant advice , recommendations on what I should be doing about detox , diet , activity I feel it would help me a lot !! Thank you !! I explanted my 30 year old over muscle silicone implants last week ! I am 64 years old !

  23. Norman Hauptman

    Hernia mesh installed 2010, removed 2018. Still hv skin rash
    Pathologist said due to silicone

    1. Sarah

      Hi Nicole,
      I’m 11 weeks post explant. I started working out and pulled a muscle in my neck, since it is so weak. (I was only walking) I have been having dizziness and headaches like I did before explant. Could this be part of the detox process? I’m really nervous because I don’t want to go back to feeling like I did with implants.

      1. Nicole

        Hi Sarah,
        After a proper explant you will have a period of one or two years where you will have symptoms come and go, even new symptoms can appear but slowly all your symptoms will drop away as your body cleans and heals itself.

  24. selene

    How soon after explant can we use infra red saunas and ozone?

    1. Nicole

      Hi Selene,
      I would wait until your explant incisions are well healed which would be likely at least one month or perhaps longer.

  25. Nicolás

    Hi Nicole, first of all thanks for all of this useful information.

    My case is a little bit special since I’m a guy, and I had a testicle prosthesis when I was 18. Now I’m 26 and 1 year post explant. I had lot of symptoms in common with BII so I decided to remove the prosthesis. I told my doctor to take the capsule out too (there’s no much information and specialist in this illness where I’m from, and at the same time is even stranger with testicle prosthesis, so I have to trust that he did the job properly).

    I’ve been through a healing process this whole year and feel much better. I can eat lot of foods, don’t have that constant anxiety and panic attacks in the night… I’ve been healing with lot of supplements and taking tests for SIBO, metal toxicity, adrenal fatigue…

    There’s one thing left that doesn’t seem to improve and is that when I workout or exercise , even a little bit (like 3 push-ups), even little cardio… I got a headache time after (between minutes and hours) and I start feeling angry, depressed, lot of noise sensitivity, dehydration… Do you know what this thing can be related to? Seems like something in the brain for me. Thanks in advance!!


    1. Nicole

      Hi Nicolas,
      Do you have a sports drink of some kind when you work out? If you do, I suggest just drinking plain water next time you work out to see if that makes a difference. Some of the sports drinks can affect us that way while we are healing. If it still happens when you are drinking plain water, I would check your blood pressure to see if its high, check your thyroid and adrenals and your kidney function. During our healing these glands and organs can be sensitive for a few years due to silicone. Your symptoms sound like adrenal fatigue or adrenal in nature. It takes most of us a couple years to heal so don’t worry, you likely have another year or so to heal the balance of your symptoms. It took me four years to heal but I am slow detoxer.

  26. Amber

    I’m 1 yr post explant was good for about 6-7 mths then my symptoms returned of course not as severe, but still debilitating. I developed lumps in my breast and pain in my axillary I just had a US of my breast and axillary done. I have several cyst in my breast then found I have silicone in my lymph nodes. I’ve seen a breast cancer dr speacilast with lymph nodes and she will not remove it because it is not palpable.
    With this still in me I’m afraid I’ll never heal now even with detoxing. Is there any non-invasive ways to remove the silicone? Or is being bedridden with sickness just my new normal.

    1. Nicole

      Hi Amber,
      You may be able to isolate the silicone in your lymph nodes to a one or two lymph nodes and have those removed, please see Dr. Feng’s work on this:

  27. Cynthia Plazola

    I do eat pretty clean, but then tried some thin crust pizza. ( should have never did it ) and it wasn’t gluten free either. I get very dehydrated with theses episodes, so the Dr had advised the powade, one a day until I felt hydrated. Monday I fasted, only drank, lemon water , one power ade between two days and diluted with water and bone broth 3 times a day . Tuesday 4 tablespoons of cream of rice no milk or sugar, bone broth 3 times a day. Diner grilled rock cod with carrots .
    I feel way better today, I Had bone broth, in the morning , lunch- A small piece grilled chicken, and juiced cilantro and celery drink. Diner grilled chicken and zucchini. I’ll drop the power ade.
    Still Get waves of getting very cold easily, some body pain, Eyes burning and sinus drip. But at least I can walk with out feeling like I’m going to pass our, just weak. No new meds.

  28. Cynthia Plazola

    Hi Nicole, I’m pretty desperate at this point. I’m 8 months post op, 2 weeks ago I had a bad detox flare up. I have micro colitis. I started getting so bad cramping went to the toilet had loose bowl, then got sweaty, dizzy, hot . I waited a few second to try to get up, when I was able to , I walked over to the sick and then passed out, hit my head above my brow, was taken to ER, had to get a few stitches, stayed in the hospital for 24 hours and until blood pressure was stable. A week later had another episode while just siting down; dizzy , cold hands and feet breathless, chest pain, back to Er. Drs thought might be blood clot due to (head injury, blood thinner shots to abs) they then gave me CT scan with and without contrast. It was negative so they hydrated me gave me something to calm down then sent me home . I’ve been in bed sick no energy, electricity shocks that come and go. Can’t eat or scared to. I’m drinking lemon water, bone broth and power ade. What can I start taking to get thru this.? I’m currently in Cozaar 50 mg for high blood pressure, 40 mg protoxin and 3 mg Entocort 3 TVs daily for colitis.

    1. Nicole

      Hi Cynthia,
      What happened two weeks ago to initiate the flareup? Have you taken any medications recently? How has your diet been? Powerade has a lot of sugar in it, I would pass on it. Try making a homemade vegetable soup such as Hippocrates Soup or Gerson Soup and sip on that instead of Powerade. One thing I noticed is that things would flare up bad before another level of healing would take place. Rest as much as you can, eat very cleanly and nourishingly.

  29. Nikki

    hi! im just discovering BII and the effects it has. I had my implants for about a year and a half and have had 4 surgeries total since originally getting them due to seromas and complications and since then have lost about 60% hair, gained 15 pounds within months, have extreme bring fog, no energy, etc. im 24 and every single doctor I’ve spoken to says its not my implants causing these symptoms and that its probably stress but i don’t think its stress. im really unsure at this point what to do or believe. I eat extremely healthy, workout 5 days a week, have never had any health issues up until i got implants and then everything seems to have gone downhill. im working on getting these implants out but would like to know if anyone else who has had these symptoms (mainly hair loss) has seen significant improvement in hair growth after explant? thank you

    1. Nicole

      Hi Nikki,
      Hair loss from breast implants is a very well known symptom, so well known it’s listed in the manufacturer’s risk literature for patients along with several other symptoms.

      1. Angela Faulkner

        Does the hair ever come back? I’m 48…😬

        1. Nicole

          Hi Angela,
          Our hair does eventually stop falling out and does start re-growing. Also for some the grey reverses and for many the hair grows in thicker and and healthier than with implants.

  30. Kim

    I had explant 2 years ago. Was told that everything was removed????? Now I’m wondering. I have nasal congestion.( feel that I’m stopped up all the time) I have been to several ent doctors and they can’t find any reason for it. Is this possibly from the implants and could maybe the capsules not been removed. I also have a lump in breast that came up right after explant and my doctor keep telling me it would go away. Really don’t want to have another surgery but feel something isn’t right. Any input on this would greatly be appreciated.

  31. Kate

    I was hoping someone could help me with this.. I have no social media so I am unable to join the breast implant illness Facebook group.
    I am 9 months post op explant en bloc. I only had my implants in for 14 months. All my symptoms went away except for joint pain and muscle pain. I have been following the AIP diet for 5 months now. When I eat something outside the AIP diet my joints, muscles and bones feel crippled to the point that I can barley move.. I went and saw a recommended explant doctor in B.C; dr Arron brown, and he re assured me that he got all the capsule out. So I am wondering could I have leaky gut ? Maybe he never got all the capsule out ? Is it heavy metals ? I feel like my joint pain and muscle is getting worse as the months go on. Any women who can relate or know what it could be ?

    1. Nicole

      Hi Kate,
      Keep on your good AIP diet and add in gut healing protocols. I had leaky gut too and every time I ate something inflammatory like grains or dairy my joints would hurt too and at times through my detox my joints would flare up. My gut healing protocol was an anti-inflammatory diet, killing fungus in my gut (which most of us have), taking collagen powder (Great Lakes (green can)), lots of lactic acid based probiotics such as BioK or others from fermented foods, various enzymes to help me digest my food. Our healing of the gut can take a few years so be patient. Once you heal your gut you can add in foods that you were intolerant to before and you may be able to tolerate them. I am now seven years post explant and my healing took four years. I can now eat some grains and some dairy without too many symptoms.

      1. Kate

        Hi Nicole,
        Thank you for your reply, I really appreciate it.
        Ok I will definitely try those few things you recommended and continue sticking with the AIP diet 🙂

  32. Julie Anthony

    I’m 6 weeks post op from my silicone implants. I k how how to eat healthy, no processed foods, etc. I need to get my hormones and other things checked as I feel horrible, I am depressed and spend more time in bed now. I feel horrible. I can’t stand for long periods of time before having to sit or kay down. I seriously feel like I’m dying. I’m on a fixed income so money is an issue. I can do the epsome salt baths, get some charcoal and take that. I’ve purchased Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar, and take that every other day for fungas. I broke out 2 times with herpes and fungus toe.. I talked to my doctor and she says to me, I only treat the symptoms. Ok my apologies for my long reply. Thank you.

  33. Kristi

    This website and the Facebook site have saved my life!

  34. Deborah

    You new site is wonderful! I know that there are so many women that are suffering and this is so well written that I’m sure it will help in their detox program! Thank you for taking the time to rewrite this information!!

  35. Lisa Cole

    Great article! Thank you!

  36. Daphne Riemer

    Does anyone know of a really good coach that can help me through this. To be honest, I am so overwhelmed and depressed right now, that the above looks impossible. I just need help!

  37. Pi'ilani Schneider

    To Whom It May Concern,
    I am a plant based health coach and have partnered with an organic foods manufacturer. My customer of six years just went through a removal. Her story is not common. She did not have symptoms. She simply heard about the possibilities of a rupture and then within a month received a ‘recall’ letter. She had her implants for 10 years.
    I write to you because she’s been on a very healthy protocol of health inflammation response foods.
    With no symptoms, she decided to remove them. And in-fact they were ruptured. There ‘s no telling how long they’ve been ruptured.
    It’s been one week and she’s been eating and supplementing very well & has been given the green light to work out again.
    I am curious, I see you have a non-profit. Would you be open to talking with me & supporting others to make the shift from processed foods to whole foods using a quality source. I have a non-profit program if fund raising is helpful to your cause.
    I look forward to connecting with someone if this interests you.
    Thank you for your support of women going through this silent symptom.

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