Regardless of the reasons why women choose to get breast implants, current statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeon show that breast augmentations were the most popular cosmetic surgical procedure in 2018 and have been for the past few years.  

While hugely scary experiments with breast augmentation first began in the late 1800’s, Timmie Jean Lindsey, of Texas, became the first woman to receive legitimate breast implants in 1962.  At age 84, she reports still being “in agony” all these years later.

Rather than discussing the “why” of this matter, I am just seeking to discuss potential health consequences. Recently I have been working with a number of women who have suffered through a myriad of health issues as a direct result of both silicone and saline implants over the years.  While there may be plenty of women who seem to outwardly unaffected, there is no denying the declining health pattern many women have and are experiencing. An increasing series of negative effects can often come on slowly, over time, so the link may not be obvious and is often misdiagnosed. 

As soon as the implants are introduced, the body begins laying down new tissue, forming scar tissue around and encapsulating the implants.   This makes perfect sense as our bodies are designed to try to protect us when we come up against a foreign body.

Within this scar capsule, the implants can begin to slowly leach their contents; there doesn’t need to be a rupture or visible “leak” to find contents of the implants inside the capsule.  Implants generally contain 40+ toxic chemicals, various silicones of different molecular weights, and many heavy metals (such as mercury, arsenic, lead, cadmium, platinum, and more)

Over time, a cascade of physiological symptoms and related responses have emerged in many women, beginning with auto immune responses.  These include fatigue, cognitive dysfunction (brain fog, memory loss), muscle aches, joint pain, hair loss, dryness throughout the body, recurring infections, gastrointestinal and digestive issues, rashes, food and chemical sensitivities, anxiety, and problems with thyroid and adrenals. In response to the physical issues, emotional responses will be triggered – ie insomnia followed by depression and anxiety, sometimes even around the clock.

By the time these ladies realize that there is a problem, and consult a doctor, they come with a myriad of complaints.  Many doctors may not look deep enough (at least initially) to find the root problem, but may simply treat the symptoms with antidepressants or anti-anxiety medications, or will seek to treat the autoimmune issues, when in fact the actual cause is not being identified. 

As I sit here writing this article today, the story about Sports Illustrated and Playboy model, Angie Everhart was just aired on TV.  “I have pain in my body on a constant basis,” admitted the cover girl. “I went to 40 different doctors and I couldn’t figure out why I was feeling bad. I went to an autoimmune specialist, I went to a brain specialist, I went to a cancer specialist — I have seen every specialist in this town [of Los Angeles] to figure out why I feel the way I feel, and I’ve never been diagnosed.” 

Some of my clients have gotten to the bottom of the underlying problem after reading the typical symptom lists and/or seeking a hair analysis tests. 

While breast augmentation surgery is very expensive, it’s generally much more costly and difficult getting them properly removed.  And it’s critical that the removal is done properly, to make sure the scar capsule is removed as well as the implants themselves – to remove all of the toxins from the body, so it can begin the healing process. 

There are many support groups and help available, as health restoration will most likely not be immediate, but will require time, and patience.  Seeking the best ways to build the body back up can be a slow and challenging process, but women ARE getting full health and energy back with proper nutrition, exercise, as well as emotional and spiritual support. 

 

Some top experts in the world for this removal procedure (capsulectomy) are:

– Dr. Jae Chun, Newport Beach, California

– Dr. Linda Huang, Denver, Colorado

– Dr. Lu-Jean Feng, Cleveland, Ohio

More are being added, as the need continues to increase.

 

Here is some more great information for those who are interested:  

www.breastimplantillness.com

A great Facebook support page with nearly 100,000 members (growing at a rate of nearly 5,000/month):

https://www.facebook.com/groups/Healingbreastimplantillness