It is important that we report what breast implants have done to us to the FDA in the US at: Medwatch Online Voluntary Reporting Form and to Health Canada in Canada at:  Health Product Complaint Process .  It is also very important that we report what breast implants have done to our children.  The organization Birth Defect Research for Children Inc. is collecting data on disabilities that may be related to breast implants through an ongoing research project titled The National Birth Defect Registry. To report go to  Please note the form does not have a specific category for breast implants, so Mothers are asked to enter information in the “Other Exposures Not Listed” at the end of the Maternal Exposure section.


If you would like your breast implants analyzed for identification of the manufacturer, implant failure and analysis and extensive details about how and why your implants caused symptoms and illness in your body that you may be able to use for legal purposes, please contact Dr. Pierre Blais who is the world’s foremost expert on breast implants as failed medical devices:

Dr. Pierre Blais
Innoval Failure Analysis
496 Westminister Avenue
Ottawa, Canada
K2A 2V1
Phone (613) 728-8688
Fax (613) 728-0687
[email protected]

Update:  Dr. Blais is not accepting specimens at this time due to a backlog.  No decision as yet as to when they will be accepting new specimens.  

Dr. Blais has written several articles in regard to the failure of breast implants based on his analysis and findings during examining thousands of implants here:  Articles By Dr. Pierre Blais


If you would like the saline fluid in your implants tested for fungus or other microorganisms, Mycometrics and Real-Time Labs are two microbiology service laboratories specializing in the identification of fungi (molds), bacteria and viruses from the environment, food, pharmaceutical or biological products.


If you live in the U.S. and have been affected negatively by breast implants and need help convincing your insurance to cover your explant, Dr. Diana Zuckerman would like to hear from you.  Please see this link about the ins and outs of insurance coverage:  Get a full copy of your insurance policy and read how you may be covered for explant.  In general insurance may cover for rupture, capsular contracture, pain and infection.  Some policies have exclusions and some may cover for other situations.  The codes you need for claiming explant on your insurance are as follows:

Insurance Procedure Codes CPT for Explanting Breast Implants:
19371 – 50   Periprosthetic capsulectomy breast, the 50 is the modifier for Bilateral

Insurance Diagnostic Codes ICD10 for Explanting Breast Implants:
T85.49XA – Mechanical complication of breast prosthesis and implant
T85.79XA – Infection and inflammatory reaction due to other internal prosthetic devices, implants, grafts.
T85.848A – Pain due to internal prosthetic devices, implants and grafts.
T85.44XA – Contracture of Breast Prosthesis
T85.43XA – Rupture of Breast Prosthesis
N64.81 – Breast Ptosis
N64.4 – Mastodynia


If you are from the US and have silicone breast implants and need fiancial assistance with explant,  please contact The Explant Financial Assistance Program here: 


Dr. Lu Jean Feng of Pepperpike, Ohio in the US is one of the world’s foremost explant surgeons with many educational video’s regarding proper En Bloc/Total Capsulectomy explants and breast implant illness here: and has also conducted clinical research and studies here: 

Dr Arthur Brawer is a Rheumatologist and silicone toxicity expert and has carried out studies and written several papers on the toxicity of silicone and breast implants here:
Mechanisms of Breast Implant Toxicity (2017)

Autoinflammatory Syndrome Induced by Adjuvants (ASIA) Syndrome is Misguided (2017)
Destiny rides again: the reappearance of silicone gel-filled breast implant toxicity (2017)
Bones, Groans, and Silicone (2012)
Amelioration of Systemic Disease After Removal of Silicone Breast Implants

Dr. Professor Yehuda Shoenfeld is another expert who published AutoImmune/Inflammatory Syndrome Induced By Adjuvants – ASIA Syndrome in regard to breast implants here:

Dr Frank Vasey is a Rheumatologist and has written about the dark side of silicone implants here:


If you feel you may be heavy metal poisoned from dental, fish, breast implants or another source please read Andy Cutler’s book:  Amalgam Illness: Diagnoses and Treatment .  It is an excellent read about detoxing mercury and other heavy metals safely using oral chelation.


If you have auto-immune symptoms, the Paleo Auto-immune Protocol Diet could be very helpful in minimizing your symptoms and modulating your immune system responses while healing and recovering.  Information on the Paleo Auto-Immune Protocol Diet can be found here:


In 2003  the Human Genome Project revealed an important gene to our detoxification, the MTHFR, is defective and mutated in many people.  When it’s working correctly the MTHFR gene produces the MTHFR enzyme.  The MTHFR enzyme works with folate vitamins (B9, folic acid), breaking down and converting to the amino acids homocysteine and methionine which is used by your body to make proteins, utilize antioxidants, and to assist your liver to process fats. Methionine helps with depression and inflammation. It also helps convert estradiol (E2) into estriol (E3).  Methionine is converted in your liver into SAM-e, which is anti-inflammatory, supports your immune system, helps produce and breakdown your brain chemicals serotonin, dopamine and melatonin, and is involved in the growth, repair and maintenance of your cells.  So a proper methylation pathway means you will be able to eliminate toxins and heavy metals easier than if it is defective and mutated.

When it is not working correctly the MTHFR gene only functions at 40% to 80% of its capacity which means you won’t break down toxins or heavy metals very well and you could find yourself accumulating toxins and heavy metals.  The defective gene does not break down folate vitamins properly which can cause high homocysteine and homocysteine is poorly converted to glutathione which is your body’s master detoxifier and so you are more susceptible to toxin buildup.

How to treat it?  You can’t change a defective gene but you can help it do its job better and minimize problems.  Some find their folic acid lab test levels are high (it’s one of several folate vitamins) since a defect in the gene prevents your body from using it, it goes high.  The recommended solution is avoid supplements and many processed foods with folic acid.   Healthy foods that contain folate should be okay, as would be the active form of folate called methylfolate as a supplement, also called 5-MTHF (5-methyltetrahydrofolate).  B12 might also be high, so patients tend to avoid the synthetic supplemental version of B12 called cyanocobalamin and instead favor the more useable methylcobalamin (methylB12), which will help break down those high levels. But the methylB12 will be used by your body in detoxing you from toxins, so you may need to start low to avoid detox side effects like fatigue, achiness, etc.  Another good B-vitamin is the methyl version of B6, called P-5-P.

Dr. Ben Lynch feels that “repairing the digestive system and optimizing the flora should be one of the first steps in correcting a methylation deficiency”and that especially includes treating candida because of the toxins it releases, inhibiting proper methylation.  Some experts recommend eating clean, such as Paleo or the GAPS diet.  Avoiding exposure to toxins is important. Minerals play a key role in several enzymatic functions. Vitamin C helps reduce oxidants.  Molybdenum (500 mcg) helps break down excess sulfates and sulfites

High copper and low zinc is a common finding when you have an MTHFR defect–a high level of copper, which will conversely mean your zinc levels will fall. And since the ratio of these two metals is highly important, correcting the problem is crucial, since high copper can be related to hyperactivity, depression, headaches, acne, frequent colds due to lowered immunity, sensitive skin and/or bruising, worsening hypothyroid, adrenal stress and more.

Here are some great resources about MTHFR:

1.  by Ben Lynch, ND an Expert on MTHFR gene mutations

2. by Dr. Amy Yasko where you can download her books and numerous information to learn how to support yourself with MTHFR and other SNP’s.

3.  Resources – MTHFR Support

4.  Video and talk by Dr. Ben Lynch, ND.

  More coming soon.


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  1. Caroline

    My implants are known as gummies bear implants I have been diagnosed with several of issues from that list since I’ve had my implants I even take Ativan every night to keep from having panic attacks I was left with nasty scares and no matter what type of bra I wear it feels like my sholders are going to cave in they constantly hurt even without a bra I also ended up with nerve damage down my left arm that occurred a month or so after I had the implant surgery I feel horrible that when I went for my consult these side effects was not covered

  2. V604

    Hi All,

    I actually did a private email to the admin to tell my situation with PS here in Vancouver BC, but that was about a month ago and no one reached out; so I thought I’d post here.

    I’ve had my implants coming 18yrs now. They are saline under the muscle done through the nips. I’ve not had any major symptoms and can technically leave them in (they do still look fab after having 2 kids and a shitty milk production, but did produce). However, I’ve just been feeling its time to come out because its OLD and my left side kind of squeaks when I massage them. I still do that time to time. Pre-plants I was a lop-sided A (AA on the other) due to rib deformity! Post-plant full B possible small C when menses.

    Now, I went to my original PS which is listed here in the Vancouver Canada surgeon list, but she doesn’t seem to care to much for how I am feeling or my concerns of explant, I went to see her 2x and paid 2 consults. It rung a bell, as its very similar to when I had them done; SHE DIDN’T care and $$$ (Plus I didn’t ask the correct questions in my 20’s)

    Fast forward to the last few months..I met with another PS from the list Dr. Colin McInnes and he’s answered a lot of my questions and was/is very patient. He emailed me back with extra answers from questions I forgot to ask from the 1st consult and additionally called me on top of that. Mind you, I have only done 1 consult with him ($100 fee which can go towards explant should you do with him) the surgery itself is about $8000 plus GST for explant only (anything else done would be additional) he also prefers to not do a lift at the same time, only because things can change during the healing time. (which does suck b/cus its again another surgery/healing time)
    So, I am booked to explant June 10..its so fast that I am somewhat not ready!!! 6 weeks from my 1st consult.

    I have anxiety, a small portion is the scarring but the main one is beginning incredibly FLAT and SAGGING SKIN/NIPS, my family doc said I have absolutely 0 breast tissue!

    My questions to this forum is 1 has anyone had explant done with Dr. Colin McInnes? (can we correspond privately or here?)
    Next for ladies who were originally blessed with being the 1st letter of the alphabet and had 0 b.tissue how was the look/sag after removal (ladies that did not perform a lift, please)

    Lastly, for the ones asking about payment. There is a payment plan you can do with Dr. McInnes if you are unable to pay the whole amount.
    Look froward to hearing back from this lovely community.

    **possible typos, run-ons etc

  3. Dawna Hole

    May 2018 I had double mastectomy with immediate reconstruction. Mentor Memory soft side gels with Alloderm sling. No radiation was expected prior to surgery. Biopsy showed radiation was needed. 30 days post op radiation was started, 25 treatments two directions right breast only. For a year I have said things were wrong. I have seroma, around both implants and I feel like there is a pocket under the left implant (I feel it upon inhale), under arms and along bra line around the back have seroma that are visible pockets of fluid. I also have lymphedema (sentinel node removal both sides). Proposed surgery: En Bloc explant, DEIP flap primarily for lymphatic and seroma drainage. Removal of all skin from mid shoulder blade across chest to mid shoulder blade and lymph gland transfer. I plan to ask them to test BIA-ALCL but how do I get the implants tested for deterioration due to radiation? What if my situation can help determine if radiation is damaging to the implant? Also, do you have any details on the risk of other cancers with breast implants being radiated? I went on the FDA website and filled out all the information on my BII but would love to participate in any studies regarding radiation and implants. Any suggestions are recommendations are welcomed. Thank you for what you do.

    1. Christy Avila

      Yes, radiating implants is contraindicated by the manufacturers and should NOT be done. Their literature states this. (It happened to me too.) Yes, radiation has an affect on implants. Yes, I think it likely causes secondary cancers like small cell lung cancer. Can you explain what you mean by “DIEP flap primarily for lymphatic and seroma drainage” though? I’m not clear and how those two would even be related. And what is the reason for the proposal of “removing all skin from mid shoulder blade, across chest, to mid shoulder blade?” I have never heard of such a thing? Where would that skin be going? Have you considered “going flat” after explant? Please search my name in the search bar of Nicole’s Fb group “Breast Implant Illness and Healing by Nicole” and on Fb to read my public posts about implants and reconstruction. Please also consider joining a group I started specifically for breast cancer survivors explanting called “Fierce, Flat, Forward.” Best of luck to you going forward and please feel free to reach out to me with any questions.
      ~Christy Avila

  4. Bonnie

    Newbie here! I joined your facebook group, but cannot find a place to post my questions, can only comment on others.

    1. admin Post author

      Hi Bonnie,
      Make sure you are inside the group and go to the top of the wall and you will find a place to post.

  5. Susan Clanton

    For people with varying degrees of the MTHFR gene mutations, there can be a significant difference between the tolerance of synthetic folic acid and natural folate. Dr Ben Lynch does a good job of explaining these differences in his website. It’s worth reading up on and having yourself tested.

  6. Tracy Nesom

    Thank you so much for all this info!!! Is there any funding resources that you are aware of in Canada? It looks like there are some doctors that do the removal in Vancouver but can cost up to $8000 and then Im left empty breasts.

    Thank you so much

    1. admin Post author

      Hi Tracy,
      You may be able to be explanted on your provincial health care and generally the reasons health care would cover you for explant are due to a rupture, bad capsular contracture, pain or infection/necrosis. Other than health care there are currently no funds that pay for explant in Canada or elsewhere.

  7. Liz B

    Sorry if it’s outlined in an obvious area on your webpage, but could you kindly point me in the direction of where I could find a list of questions to ask an en bloc surgeon tomorrow during my consult? I’m still so new to the explant world but have suffered severely in cognitive decline over the years – exponentially I would say. Resorting to taking CNS medications that I don’t believe in but have been desperate to get my cognition back. I’m unable to think clearly, make decisions like I used to, I get lost often (very unlike me), and am constantly forgetting things, mixing my words up to the point of embarrassment. In addition, I have to wear a bra 24/7 bc my implants are so beyond uncomfortable that when they are unsupported, they fall to the sides and pull on my tissue/muscles. My hair is thinning with bald patches interspersed along my hairline. I just want me back and these implants the hell out me. Oh yes, and the woman I spoke with on the phone at the surgeon’s office said that I’m required to get a mammogram. That just seems odd to me. Is that common prior to explanting? Thank you

      1. Sandra

        Hi Liz- my name is Sandra and I’m going through the same cognitive issues as you!! Among many others and the one that’s affected me the most is thinking clearly and making decisions. I just found out I have the MTHFR mutation which makes things worse. Please let me know if you find any other easer. I feel better knowing I’m not alone in this.

  8. Sol

    Hi, i´m from Argentina. Thanks so much for this information, i didn´t know anything about this. I have to explant my implants and i
    I find myself disoriented, so thats why i´m reading here. I will really apreciatte if you can email me with advice . Is there the possibility of economic help?

  9. Nad

    Hello Nicole, I have saline breast implants since 2012 and I want to remove them as soon as possible, the problem it’s because I’m 3 months pregnant. I started to feel pains muscle and spams in 2014. The doctors did me some tests but they
    nothing found. I also did an IRN because of the spams, but there was nothing unusual.
    Then I started having food intolerance, difficult digestion.I consulted a gastroenterologist. After doing tests, he told me that I had a ulcerative colitis. Since then, I take anti-inflammatory. I feel taken
    traps with this baby in my belly. I’m really scared it’s going to make an impact on my baby . I could not breastfeed this baby. Do I keep this baby while taking the risk of waiting to give birth? Do you have any advice to give me?

    1. admin Post author

      Hi Nad,
      Please stay calm. You have saline implants from 2012 and you should be okay to proceed with your pregnancy and breastfeed and then after you wean your child then you can explant your breast implants properly which means En Bloc/Total Capsulectomy. Saline are the least toxic breast implants.

  10. Madi R

    I’m confused why your website suggests reading Andy Cutler’s Amalgam Illness and then suggests a 24 hr provoked urine heavy metals test. That urine test is CONTRAINDICATED by Dr. Cutler. Many people have become SIGNIFICANTLY SICKER by doing so. The proper test is a hair test, followed by checking for deranged mineral transport using a criteria found both on his website ( and his book Amalgam Illness. Please, please, please correct this. Women are coming to your site because they feel sick and then they could be made sicker if they follow that advice. I have read his book and started his protocol for mercury toxicity and I’m speaking out of concern for women like myself who are searching for help to feel better. Additionally, the Cutler method dictates NO dandelion, EDTA, chlorella and some other foods/supplements which you have listed to consume under the “detoxification” tab. Hope you will make the necessary changes to your website, Madi

    1. admin Post author

      Hi Madi,
      You are incorrect in your statement above. The 24 hour urine test is not contraindicated by Andy Cutler in his books, in fact, he describes how to do it in great detail in his books. I have both books by Andy Cutler, Amalgam Illness and Hair Test Interpretation and have read both books in their entirety and followed his chelation protocol to a T for over two years myself. Andy even read my hair tests for me and we communicated by email. I think what you are referring to is that Andy Cutler felt strongly against IV chelation which is different from a provoked 24 hour urine test where one takes DMSA orally and then collects urine for 24 hours. Hair Tests give you a good first run at metals testing but should be followed up by provoked urine tests too. I feel that IV chelation can be unsafe.

      1. Madi R

        I’m looking at his website, which reads “7) Most importantly: Never take any chelator in any form if you have any mercury still inside your mouth. Never perform IV chelation OR CHALLENGE TESTS. do not use chlorella or cilantro/coriander for chelation purposes.” I’m presently away from home and do not have his book with me, but I can’t remember urine tests ever being suggested as safe (especially with past exposure or exposure that is slow and chronic).
        Thank You,

  11. Donna Frances Dybdal

    I just explanted April 13th, 2018. I had Mentor Adjustable Saline Smooth for almost 12 years. I had issues from the start with the ports . Then my Seroma 67 Days Post Implant. At that time no testing was done. I problems off and on. February 26th,2017 when things got worse. Fever, one bump came up on my back. Then two on my stomach and soon entire body coverage. Finally one biopsy of my right breast where there were three very red lesions. The dermatologist said it was to irritated to biopsy that spot so he took it about 3cm away. Results showed negative for CD30 , but positive for B-Cells. He said it was unimportant. Finally after everything in Tennessee was exhausted and I got fired, my son in law who is in the Army and my daughter had me flown here. I got insurance and new FNP. New Dermatologist who all denied this had anything to do with my breast implants; all the while my health had greatly diminished. Finally a breast specialist examined me and stated those were the absolute worst implants she had ever felt. With about 60 symptoms my insurance was looking for a surgeon for Explant. I have calcified granulomas throughout my breast, hands, lungs, liver, and spleen. I have an enlarged liver, unknown why. Chronic Inflammation, bone, joint, and muscle pain, weakness. Lesions are back as well. Experiencing Neurological Issues requiring a BRAIN MRI this Thursday June14th, 2018. I’m dropping stuff, falling, unable to see at times from severe blurred vision. Also in April was diagnosed with BPPV(Left). The exercises were cancelled due to extreme abnormal drop in BP and Excellerated heart rate. I was bed ridden three days and had to have help going to bathroom. I’ve had quite driving all together. My capsules were classified Baker Grade 4 with complete calcified capsules. Rupture in right implant with folds creases and very deformed. The left was the same but no rupture. My lymph nodes are swollen and have been swollen for over 8 months. My right armpit elbow, neck at clavicle both sides right and left outside of throat, left the same. Trying desperately to get biopsy , I keep being told it’s nothing to worry about. I’m hoping to get results of left foot biopsy. I been tested for two things or three, Syphilis, Lupus, and Lyme. They won’t test for Epstein Barr Virius. I’m continuously told I don’t have Lymphoma and will never have it. Also my granulomas are not important and all the eye issues will resolve on their own. Also the inflammation is a common condition that has nothing to do with implants as I no longer have them. I can barely walk, have to require assistance with everything. I just had my disability hearing June 5th, 2018. My doctor who reviewed my case and research on breast implants assured the Judge that I was indeed 100% disabled from breast implant illness or syndrome and my mental status with my Psychiatrist was also deemed use hoping to disabled. I’m just hoping I can get my capsules and implants tested. There is mold and debris still floating inside both implants.

    1. Trilla Romine

      Needing answers for getting my implants removed. I believe all my sickness is coming from my implants. I’m having the same problem with mine, just got off of a 3 week sick period. Had a head scan for excruciating migraines headaches they say they can’t find anything they have put me on antibiotics after antibiotics I have been tested for EBV my test came back as early stages. My hormones are thrown off I have been going to a hormone doctor to have hormone replacement therapy because I am so tired all the time I have infections all the time I have headaches all the time I don’t know why I think this has something to do with my implants I had in plants in 1993 I had them removed in 2009 because the left one had busted I had applied for the Dow Corning settlement but they did not have the serial numbers that came off of them because they were so rotten when they took them out I had them replaced with Mentor Saline Imp in plants this time I have the serial numbers on them and my card for insurance that was in 2009 but I am having the same issues of headaches fatigue hormones everything I’ve got rashes I don’t think there’s anything I don’t have so I know what you’re feeling I would love to get in on anything I could to find out more on this.

  12. Concepcion

    Hello my name is CONCEPCION, I had implants for 10 years and how you have been getting bruises down my thighs I’ve been having no energy I feel like my life has taken a turn for the worst I need to have these implants removed and I’m wondering if someone can anyone financially help me to pay for even if it’s half of what it cost I’m retired and I’m on a budget, please direct me to someone that can help financially please thank you. P.S. Need my life back.

  13. Jayne

    Hello, is there a safe implant, or safer implant that you recommend for women who have not had augmentation surgery? Some women, life myself, have no breast tissue whatsoever and just want a healthy option to look proportionate.

      1. BEANNIE

        I agree!
        I was told i had saline.
        And I nearly loss my life with all types of autoimmune system disease .
        I was 1st diagnose with luekmia in 2011, and from there on the list of health problems when on and on.
        * fatigue
        * parasites
        * Arthritis
        * lupus
        * pain in the center of my chest, alone with ache in right ear.
        * ache in my left bottom leg
        * muscle aches in my arms
        * unexplained Fluid in my pelvic area
        * lime disease
        * etc

  14. Colleen

    Thank you so much for the information. I appreciate. So glad I found this site online. It is something new every week with my chest and stomach. Not to mention everything I already mentioned. I’m angry that I cannot file a monetary claim against the manufacturer. Thank you though. Going to keep reading your posts.

  15. Colleen

    I had silicone implants put in May, 1986. My surgeon at the time assured me that they would last a life time. He even made a joke that I would be 85 and have perfect breasts. In 2002, I could feel like liquid dripping inside of my breast. I didn’t have insurance at that time. During the next years, they both got so painful that I couldn’t sleep on my sides. In 2015, I went for a mammogram and they did an ultrasound and said I needed to find a plastic surgeon to get them taken out immediately. I did right away. The surgeon told me that the brown muck (sorry gross) from the implants was embedded in my tissue. She said in 20 years, she had never seen a worse case. To this day, the pain is still severe, I have lost all of my teeth, my hair is falling out, I have Raynaud’s disease (almost lost my foot due to frostbite), severe headaches and backaches. I feel my health has severely deteriorated. I am mad and wish that I could find an attorney to sue the manufacturer of my implants. Every attorney I have talked to said it is too late. I am at a loss. I am depressed and on depression medication. What I fool I feel like having been so foolish to have them put in. Any ideas of any recourse against the company at this point? I feel life isn’t even worth living sometimes with the way my whole body aches.

    1. admin Post author

      Hi Colleen,
      Did your explant surgeon remove all the brown gunk (silicone) and all the capsule tissue from you when she explanted you? If not, you may need a chest wall clean out in order to recover your health. A chest wall clean out will mean a expert explant surgeon will go in and remove any left over capsule tissue and silicone. After that there are a few other steps that may help you. You have to kill the fungus (yeast/Candida) that usually exists in many of us in our gut and our bodies which will help your symptoms overall. Research antifungal diets and antifungal medications. Also LDN – Low Dose Naltrexone is taken with good results by many women who suffer from left over silicone which stimulates their autoimmune symptoms called siliconosis (pain and inflammation caused by left over silicone in the chest and elsewhere causing autoimmune processes) and this relieves pain and modulates the immune system so it stops attacking you. Raynaud’s happens in us due to the chemical methyl ethyl ketone in silicone which depletes Arginine in us and gives us symptoms of Raynauds. Some ladies take high doses of Arginine to get rid of Raynauds symptoms. Inositol helps detox silicone and ladies take up to 1300 mgs three times a day to help detox silicone. An anti-inflammatory diet high in antioxidants and a detox lifestyle will help you a lot.

      1. Colleen

        Thank you so much for the information. I appreciate. So glad I found this site online. It is something new every week with my chest and stomach. Not to mention everything I already mentioned. I’m angry that I cannot file a monetary claim against the manufacturer. Thank you though. Going to keep reading your posts.

  16. W

    Hi Nicole,
    I’ve been reading and need help but am overwhelmed. I’ve been extremely sick with many things others have mentioned, basically life threatening, spend most of my time laying down in bed. If I join your group on FB I think it will show on my page as a group I’ve joined even though you’re a closed group. I, as many have mentioned, don’t want to publicly announce these problems. I guess if I knew when (the exact moment) you would “accept” me into FB group, I could then delete that from my timeline through the activity log. (I have an old computer/monitor and am having problems, cannot even access chat screen to answer msg’s, have to go to library to do so which is inconvenient but don’t have funds for new computer and don’t have a smart phone for apps/messenger). I really need help with everything. I’m in Maryland (near Columbia) and I’m hoping to connect with others near me that could offer advice, help or any support. I see you’ve listed Dr Craig Vander Kolk in Baltimore? Can we really trust these plastic surgeons to correctly help us? Would like to talk to others who’ve been his patients. Also need help, maybe just getting to/from appt’s as I’m alone and those who know me don’t know and I have no one to ask/talk to for help, even emotional support. I have no money but have Medicaid (United Healthcare Community Plan), can barely work. I’m exhausted just thinking about trying to find out if my insurnc will cover anything, as I don’t imagine any Dr’s will even admit that implants might be causing any problems, to say you have pain from them. I’ve told all my Dr’s (Rheumatology, Neurology, Hematology {have had 2 blood clots in arm – no one knows why}, many others) I have implants (smooth Mentor I believe, since 1999) and not one has ever said they could be the cause of all my problems. I have whole body pain, everywhere EXCEPT my breasts. And of course as others have mentioned. I hate to think how I’ll look without them, stretched out, horrible…so heartbreaking (I know you said you have photos posted on the FB site). I need help! I looked at the link you gave below for ict-dev for explant assistance but it doesn’t seem like they would help as I’m not TOTALLY disabled, the same for regular disability. I will look at Diana Zuckerman link you posted but would really like to talk to others in Maryland if possible. Just writing this msg is so difficult, hard to concentrate sometimes, brain fog.

    1. admin Post author

      Hi W,
      Please come to the facebook group where we can support you. Joining the facebook group is not going to show up on your timeline or to your facebook friends.

  17. Cheryl Sparrow

    Hello i am looking for a breast implant specialist in seattle area to get levels of what ever i can and talk about explant thank you so much.

  18. Annette Christenson

    I can’t see the information you advised for a list of questions to ask the doctor. I have an appointment this Monday, August 28. Please respond to http://[email protected] (not com). My home printer is broken and I can’t print at home, so use that address to reply. You have been a Godsend in your effort to help us.

    Annette Christenson

  19. Roxane Teymourtash

    Can I please join this group? I was referred by Anne Charlotte Knopf. Working with her to identify bio-frequency imbalances relating to implant toxicity.
    Please add me to the list.

  20. Gloria

    Is your fb group private? Or do people see you have joined a breast implant illness group? I dont want anyone to know what im going though

    1. admin Post author

      Hi Gloria,
      The facebook group is a closed group which means anything posted in the group is private to the group and no one but you sees it on facebook.

  21. Andrea Mannetto

    Hello ladies,
    As I lay in bed with this sharp shooting pain and burning (like fire) sensation within my right breast (that Ive had persistently for the past 6 months), its become pretty apparent that the silicone implants I got put in 5 years ago may very well be the key problem with my declining health. So March of 2012 I decided to go from the (minus) A cup that I was, to a triple D. Yes ladies its true… i managed to finally find a surgeon who agreed on putting in 750cc mentor silicone implants in me (behind the muscle). Ive always had an athletic built (135-140lbs), very flat chested, but I had the ‘meat’ and elasticity so I had faith all would go well… and it did, for a while. The past 5 years my breast have settled in nicely, no pain as far as my original breast feeling stretched out or nothing…aestically they couldnt be more ‘perfect’ looking. A little on the ‘Pam Anderson’ type of look, but I knew the look I initially wanted and truthfully I have been digging it. However, I started noticing a few things with my health but never equated them to these implants being the possible suspect. Year 3 is when I started feeling this overwhelming feeling of fatigue where no amount of healthy eating or long sleep would help. I just took it as a possible sign that perhaps I may have developed chronic fatigue syndrome. After speaking to my primary, and also finding out that there is no specific test for CFS, I took it upon myself to make a complete life change as far as diet, exercise, sleep, and managing stress levels. I got in to eating all out organic, juicing a majority of my foods, jogging on the daily, cutting out caffiene, taking a quality multi vitamin and probiotic, and getting proper rest. These changes have helped my fatigue tremendously, where I can now stay alert and function throughout the day, and even lost the few pounds that I had been battling and my body is looking the best its ever have in my 35 years of existance. Physically, I ‘look’ good…internally is another story. The end of year 4 (last year) is when I started noticing more serious things with my health. For one, I took a blood test and the results showed I had epstein barr with very high levels. I get my blood work done every 2 years, just to make sure my thyroid, sugar levels, and everything else is functioning properly. Despite my severe tiredness,my blood work always came out better than great, which is why my doctor was a bit puzzled hearing about my severe fatigue. Also, this was the first I had ever heard of me having this epstein barr showing up on any labwork I had previously gotten done. But I said ok… I wasnt going to try to look too much into ‘how’ I got it, but now I kind of had something to blame my fatigue on. Perhaps Ive had it all along and it never showed on lab work maybe because I hadnt yet built enough ‘high levels’. Ok. Took a month for me to get past the fact that I now have to live the rest of my life with this terrible virus, but life goes on. Got to stay ‘positive’! Or so I thought… Later that year I then started noticing that i would develop this red itchy rash on the top of my fingers. Along with this rash, my hands would also start getting really red and have this burning sensation that came along with it. On the flip side, if my hands werent pipe smoking hot, they would feel so cold as if they had been placed in a freezer! I was wearing gloves in the house during spring time! I went to a specialist and was told I have all the classic symptoms of raynaud’s disease! This was a first again! But trying to stay the positive patty I like to be, I accepted this news and researched things on how to help my hands look somewhat decent the way the used to. Thanks to applying tea tree oil, castor oil, and wearing gloves when touching any dish or laundry detergent, my hands (thank heavens) no longer have that red ichy rash, but they do from time to time still get cold and hot. Ive gotten used to it. Beginning of 2017 is when I had a real ‘scare’ concerning my health which is when I started considering that perhaps my implants may be the underlying caus issue to things. I started feeling a painful lump, not big, maybe the size of a pea, on the top of my head. I would have overlooked it had it not been painful to the touch, but i have short hair (think victoria beckham style) so I dont wear pony tails and I dont do any type of activity where I get my head bumped around at all. The same time I noticed this bump is when i realized that its been over a month where i havent been able to jog anymore, because everytime my body would hop in an ‘up and down’ movement, my head would feel like exploding! So i continued to brisk walk and thought nothing of it. Shortly after the pain on my scalp (very top of my head), is when I started feeling the most sharpest pains in my right breast, along with this burning sensation that is so strong that my surrounding nipple area feels like its being lit on fire. This is when I started thinking that perhaps all my jogging with triple D implants is what may be causing the issue within my breast. I still dont have the answer but its the only activity i can think of that would have compromised the implant movement/rupture itself. I notified my primary doctor of all this and she sent me to a specialist for a sonogram and an MRI, for both my brain and breast. Although I have no family history of brain or breast cancer I immediately thought either one could be my reality here. I went for the breast first. The sonogram came out normal on both breasts. However, when it came time to do the breast MRI, I just couldnt do it. I tried with both the laydown and standup machines and Im just too claustrophobic and I literally was crying after not being able to do the second one (the standup) due to fustration and part fear because I know how important this is to find out whats going on with my health. They didnt even bother scehduling me for the brain MRI because of obvious reasons. So this is why Im here…. being that I cant do an MRI on my breast to see if I have some sort of rupture or anything wrong with the implant, my plan is to just have them completely removed. I dont care how they will look after being explanted, my health is my top priority and especially now knowing how toxic these things are for the body, Im just so disappinted in myself for not doing the thorough research prior to getting them put in. If I was able to get into that MRI machine, and then have some kind of defect show within the implant itself, I know the implant company ‘Mentor’ (what I have) have a 10 year warranty where they would cover all cost to remove or replace the implants. Being that Im unable to do this MRI, I havent found any information where I could get them removed for a decent price. Most places around the state I live (Virginia) all are looking for $4,500-6,000, which would take me quite some time to accumulate…but I fear this breast of mine is getting worse each day that passes. The bottom line is I dont want to get so sick where any damage to my interal organs is irreversable, or even worse I dont want to die so stupidly over this (if I had my way Id go out in a much cooler way????). If anyone has any suggestions on what I can do regarding my current situation, Im open wholeheartedly to hearing any advice anyone has. Also, I refuse to take any relaxers or tranquil pills to get in the MRI machine, as one of the options the specialist suggested to me. Just the thought of taking drugs freaks me out even more. Hope someone could shed some light on my situation

    1. admin Post author

      Hi Andrea,
      You have to explant your breast implants properly which means En Bloc/Total Capsulectomy so your body can recover and start healing. If you are in the US, you may want to seek assistance from this fund: The Explant Financial Assistance Program here: Nicole

  22. Patsy Bahl

    Are there any other resources for financial help? I don’t qualify for the one listed because my implants are saline not silicone. Thanks for any information

  23. Kristy Byerley

    Hi Nicole.

    Wow, what a great site – thank you! I’m 12 years with saline implants and eight years of chronic illness, which initially manifested as late-stage Neuro-Lyme disease and co-infections, rendering me bedridden for much of the first three years. While my health has improved gradually over the years I’m still ‘down’ about 30% of the time and have added many diagnosis/labels to the mix such as reactive Epstein Barr and CMV, hypothyroidism, adrenal fatigue, SIBO, Raynaud’s, and others. Why I hadn’t considered these foreign objects in my body to be co-contributors to my heath issues is beyond me.

    Again, thank you for sharing your time and knowledge.


  24. Jacque

    I had saline implants in 97 within yrs had my right one rupture from capsular contracture had just that one replaced. Six months later woke up and it was ruptured again that time got both of them replaced to textured saline..I don’t remember if those were mentor or meghan. Dr wanted me to get saline gel but I didn’t. He has since had several lawsuits and allegedly killed someone during surgery, and has since past on. My right implant since his replacement is twisted with a faulty valve under my arm above ribcage. He would repair it when he was still alive unless completely deflated. I have since been diagnosed with fibromyalg and lupus and continue to get pluerisy and atypical pneumonia in lung where that implant is. Two weeks ago had a pulmonary embolism. I don’t have insurance other than tx women’s Medicaid and I believe that only covers one anual and birth control. I have been trying to find a Dr to work with me with explantation cost. With no luck. I’ve also been diagnosed with lymphendopathy 4 times in last yrs and have constant lymph pain and skin rash. I’m a single mother of 5 and live in dfw. I heard fda posted recently that textured saline have been linked to ACLC NON HODGKINS LYMPHOMA..I have extreme fatigue and muscle weakness as well as rash and blurred vision, vertigo and fainting spells. If anyone can help or knows of someone who can please let me know . Thanks my email is [email protected]

  25. Tina scanlon

    Hi my name is Tina scanlon about 3 weeks ago I started having heart pains, and felt really sick after went to the ER they said I was fine to rest, I then started feeling chest discomfort and hard to breath. No energy each week is new symptoms I feel like I’m going to blackout every other day and I have heart palpitations and jaw pain and panic attacks that has led me to the ER 3 times, they say everything is fine, I went to a cardiologist and he said my heart looks healthy and he mentions my breath implants , I’ve had saline implants for 10 years, I’m very scared and want to know how to go about getting proper blood work done ASAP to see if this is what is causing this. Can you please give me the info on how to ask the doc what to test for so I can handle this right away! Thank you

    1. admin Post author

      Hi Tina,
      There are no test(s) to prove your breast implants are causing your symptoms but those are classic symptoms. You need to start planning your proper explant, that is the first step to recovery. Read all the pages of the website for information that you need. Nicole

  26. Ann

    I had my breast removed in 1980 do to Doctors thinking that fibrous breast cysts were a precursor to breast cancer my breast was nothing but cysts. I had a bilateral subcutaneous mastectomy, I’ve had Saline and Silicone from the beginning, I’ve had at least 8 surgeries and two broken implants since the beginning. I have almost every symptom listed. I was very lucky to find the surgeon that actually did my last implant change. I knew about the leakage from the beginning, probably thought I was young and invincible. I have an appointment with the surgeon in January, it is probably too late for me, but believe they need to come out.

  27. Christy

    Nicole~Hello from Nashville. I had saline breast implants for 18 yrs and had them removed 5 yrs ago since I thought they were the cause of my constant upper respiratory sickness. They’ve been out for 5 yrs (Dr Kolb did my explant). I’m still sick though I’ve been detoxing. My question is do you think it’s something other than my implants? I’m super unhappy with the look of my breasts after the explant and I’m condsidering either a fat transfer or more saline implants (if I’m going to be sick, I might as well have great boobs)!! What are your thought, Nicole? I’m truly on the fence as to which I should do to get my curves back!!


  28. Ellie

    Hi my name is Ellie, I had implants done back in 1986 and still have the same ones. Through out the years, I have joint pain in fingers, bad knees (bone on bone) and the last couple months now my hips are now achy, and sore. My hair seems to be falling out, not a lot, but enough when I shampoo and on the floor Went to Ortho doctor where he did an xray on figures and hips and he said they look good. So now I am thinking it might be my breast implants. I just don’t know where to begin? what doctor to go to? Is there a test to see if they are my implants. Any idea on how to start the process?

    1. admin Post author

      Hi Ellie,
      The first real step to the process is planning your explant. Find a surgeon that removes silicone implants properly which means En Bloc/Total Capsulectomy. After all this time your implants are likely ruptured and well leaking and you need En Bloc removal which prevents contamination of silicone to you. Read the rest of the website for Explant info, surgeons etc. Nicole

  29. charlotte hartley

    I was hoping i could find someone in the uk that could help me with this, I strongly believe i have breast implant illness, i have quite a few symptoms yet my surgeon in the uk had called me a liar, i cant seem to get through to anyone in the uk this is actually happening.

  30. Frank Vasey MD

    As a rheumatologist in the forefront of understanding this problem, I evaluated 2-3000 sick women with implants and watched those who removed them slowly improve. You should include my paper on silicone disease as a reference. It appears on the website “New York Journal of style and Medicine [google NYJSM].
    I recently retired, but extend sympathy to affected women. I see the risk at 1% per year with 300,000 women getting implants every year that is many sick women.

    1. Brigette

      Hi Dr Vasey,
      I have read your article – thank you for being one of the few doctors to acknowledge this illness. Do you know of any practicing rheumatologists who acknowledge this illness?
      Also are you aware if there any studies that are more current?
      Thank you.

    2. Shirley

      Dr. DR.r. Vasey,

      Thank you so much for all the work and research you have done for women with breast implant illness. It is encouraging to know you were a vouce for us!

      Would it be possible to have a private consult with you about my case? I would greatly appreciate your time. I explanted in 1993 but recently found out I have left over silicone granulomas in my breast and possibly some left over capsule as well. I am really struggling with my health right now and would love the opportunity to discuss a few things with you.

      With much gratitude,

  31. Faye emordeno

    If a capsule isn’t fully removed or they’re is more than the 2 capsules, what is the outcome of healing after explant?

    1. admin Post author

      Hi Faye,
      We know that removing capsules correlates with recovery. Left over capsules are going to cause problems in the body. They are full of biofilms of bacteria and fungus etc, silicone particles and chemicals, inflammatory, stimulate systemic autoimmune/immune responses on and on. If you are not improving you may need to consider removing your left over capsules. Nicole

  32. Jo

    About 3 months ago had tissue expanders put in to prepare for implants in Nov. The tissue expanders have been a problem (i.e., tightness, getting out of bed, dizzyness, don’t have full range in arm due to cording, pain when I yoga breathe, back pain). My question is: Does can the expanders cause silicone poisoning?

    I don’t want implants, but I’m concerned if I need an En Bloc with total capulectomy when I get the expanders out? Should I let my current PS remove them?

    Thank you,

    1. admin Post author

      Hi Jo,
      Yes expanders are made out of the same material as implants, essentially they are fillable implants and they will also cause capsules to grow and those capsules need to be removed entirely for your best recovery. Nicole

  33. Di

    I am going to ask what might not seem like the “right” question to ask – and that is what does your breast tissue you look like after explant? I have had my implants 20 years – too long and am having many symptoms. But I would like the full picture of what to expect afterwards. I am single – no spring chicken – want to feel good again – but want to know if my breasts will be like two empty sandwich bags? And what if anything have others done to correct the aftermath of explanting. I haven’t been intimate in years due to fatigue, migraines, depression etc. Yes, the right man won’t care – but I care. I hope you will receive my question kindly and with understanding for my wanting to know the full ramifications of explanting. Thank you Di

  34. Katherine

    I had saline implants done four months ago. My plastic surgeon only does saline because he feels it is a safer option. They look great and feel fine. My problem is that approximately two months ago I woke up with my face feeling numb and tingling. This has continued every day, along with my legs feeling the same. My vision is starting to become cloudy. When I asked my surgeon at my last appointment he said he thinks it’s completely unrelated. My blood work comes back normal and my regular doctor wants me to see a neurologist. I feel like I should get the implants out right away as these symptoms started two months after and I don’t feel this is a coincidence, but the thought of spending the money and going through surgery sounds horrible too because maybe it is unrelated. I’m looking for advice on this and wondering if anyone else can relate to my situation?

  35. Lori

    I had the implants that are covered in the Dow Corning lawsuit. Originally I was stationed in Scotland and missed the deadline but it appears as though that’s been extended. One year after my implants were placed, I was diagnosed with Raynaud’s disease. In 2006 I was diagnosed with ruptured implants via an MRI. I had them out but the doctor did not remove the free silicone that had escaped the capsules. By 2010/2011 I began having horrible stomach pains, sweats, massive weight loss and after a hospital admission and plenty of tests, someone thought I should have my ovaries removed because I had a hemorrhagic cyst. The hospital stated they did not think that would solve the problem and possible causes could be intercystial cystitis, and several other things. I spoke to the surgeon and said why not just take the ugly ovary. He said we should just take them both instead of maybe having more problems later. Three months after surgery I couldn’t stand. I couldn’t stay awake. I was diagnosed with autoimmune Thyroiditis and Adrenal Insufficiency. They barely registered. I got on Hydrocortisone and Synthroid and Cytomel but still feel exhausted. I began having blood in my urine constantly and saw a urologist who did a cystoscopy and discovered I do have intercystial cystitis. I have recently become lactose intolerant. I have bottom of the barrel Vitamin D and B. I believe the last thing is that at Christmas, I had this huge ulcer come popping out of my breast. It did not hurt. It was just there one day. It is not a sebaceous cyst. I do have a granuloma under that area. Sooooo, do I go find someone to scrape all the silicone they can? I see the lawsuit has been reopened so I know I have work to do but how can I stop the damage? And, is it me, or is this silicone toxicity to a tee?



  36. Stephanie

    Hello everyone,
    I am just finding out the illness caused by implants! I have all the symptoms. I have 15 year old implants and am wanting them out. Are there any skilled docs in Florida?
    Thanks for any help!!

  37. sophie

    Do you have any information on the polyurethane that leaked into women’s bodies there were about 20,000 of these implants used. would the detox protocol be the same for the polyurethane? i was given to understand fit is irretrievable. so please do let me know if you have any links, resources and such
    and thankyoufor you r great post

    1. admin Post author

      Hi Sophie,
      Yes the detoxification principles will be the same for PIP implants too. Please see the entire website for detoxification information, it is all through the various pages of the website. Nicole

  38. Anna Wyke

    I seem to have become allergic to most foods and a lot of chemicals, Metallic salts and now hair dye or the ammonia to process the dye, which resulted in a major chemical burn to my head last time I had my hair colored?

    I am scheduled to have these removed in September but I am wondering could these be the source of what I am now experiencing. This year alone, I have become allergic to Cherries and Red Grapes and now Lanza Hair Dye/processing.

    I have had leaky gut and work on that daily and it has improved over time, I have also had all of my fillings replaced due to Nickel Allergy.

    since I got these in 10 years ago, I have become allergic to peanuts, strawberries, nickel, metallic salts, cherries, red grapes, pecans, cats, dogs, wheat/gluten, most laundry detergent, most shampoos even those that do not contain gluten.

    It has been an interesting journey, and I am hoping I can get on the path to healing my body of all of these reactions soon.

    Also, my IRON was extremely low, my b12 and my D-3, all of which I take heavy supplements to keep within normal ranges.

    Have you heard if these items above are connected to this?

    1. admin Post author

      Hi Anna,
      Yes, almost all of us have very low iron and B vitamins and D vitamins out of ranges. Leaky gut is common for us and that is why you are developing allergies. Leaky gut allows food particles to slip past the gut into the blood stream and there they attract immune reactions developing into an allergy. Your symptoms are very indicative of breast implant illness. Nicole

  39. nancy hayes

    Thank you , thank you for being here for us. i have to ask… ! I am 6 mos post explant , and so many symtoms vanished… i was extremely happy. but occassionally i get full headed… brain fog… fatigued.. heady.. and i am wondering if this is just the weaning from the toxins. ?
    I am not really on a detox.. but do use a few things.. like green drink with kale,,, almond milk… and no junk food.. i drink some times.. water, with lemon and
    curcumin. i was thinking of sending in hair samples to a lab. i do have processed hair… would it have to be root hair ?
    thank you for being here for us.

    1. admin Post author

      Hi Nancy,
      Make sure you are following a antifungal/low mycotoxin diet, many of us battle Candida, yeast and other fungus in the gut and your symptoms sound like that. Keep track of what you are eating, i bet it is linked to eating a diet that feeds fungus such as fruit, sugars and carbs. Cut those out and any alcohol too. Nicole

  40. Bonnie

    To Admin: I explanted in March, 2016 (no replacements) and I am trying to detox but still have fatigue and weakness after 4 months. My silicon implants were ruptured in my chest for many years. I even went to a Shaman in Mendocino, Ca who told me I needed to have bowel cleansing. That is how desperate I have become to be asking for mysticism help. My new medical Doctor is loading me up on 7 kinds of drugs. My Holistic Doctor made me very sick by doing Chelation IV’s. I am off the charts in Lead, Antimony, Cadmium, Gadolinium and high on Tin according to my Doctor’s Data urine test done with agents of EDTA and DMPS given to me through a IV, and then a urine test. But my MD Doctor gave me a blood test and said everything was normal?? So should I take the spiritual(?) advice of a Shaman and get a extensive 10 day colon hydrotherapy, etc. at a Detox Spa??? The Shaman said colon clean first, holistic diet, and then spiritual healing in that order.

    1. admin Post author

      Hi Bonnie,
      Colon hydrotherapy can be beneficial for us in detoxing. Come to the facebook group so we can coach you more on detox. Nicole

  41. cheryl

    Can anyone help me explain to a doctor this is real I’ve been to er several times and they send me home I’m scared I may die if I don’t get help with these breast implants????

  42. Rachel Adkins

    Hello my name is Rachel
    Babies injured in the womb!
    A year and a half ago I gave birth to my daughter Andi Jo. Two weeks after she was born she was air lifted out of our local hospital to Loma Linda’s infant icu where we spent a long time at. My baby has been misdiagnosed for over a year now. Today has changed this and I know now she was affected by my siliconosis, my toxic Breat implants.. I need help I still have my ruptured implants and they ruptured a year ago maybe a little over. I can’t afford my surgery I only have medical and my baby has been getting treated for GERD, sadifers syndrome and seizures, which I know has been caused by my implants. Please help me to find out where I start to get the help I need. I want to stat a lawsuit and I want to make it aware that sandifers syndrome which only affects 1 percent of infants with GERD may be caused toxic implants… I need these out asap my heath has gone horribly down hill and I feel like it might just be the death of me if not removed soon. That can’t happen my baby needs me more now then ever and this needs to be known what is going on and I want to help spread the word. Please help me!

    1. admin Post author

      Hi Rachel,
      I am so sorry to hear about your daughter! Proper explants can be found for as little as approx $3,500.00. Where do you live? I can help you find a PS to remove your implants. Are you able to borrow the money from family or on credit? Nicole

      1. Rachel adkins

        Hello and thank you but no I can’t barrow the money and I’ve tried to get credit for the surgery but can not at this time… I live in twentynine palms CA, I want to start a lawsuit against the manufacturer or class action settlement or even sue the surgeon for defective breast implants for medical malpractice or product liability for conpensatory damages and punitive damages for what my baby and I have to deal with everyday.. What it has cost and is going to cost us and our family..

      2. Rachel Adkins

        Nicole please help me find a ps asap, I woke up this morning and cant move my left arm without my breast feeling like its on fire.. I have five kids and they count on me to tend to all there needs, my youngest just turned one and as I mentioned before has certain medical needs as well. I cant be in this much pain or limited to what im able to do because my mommy job demands a lot more then then what im able to perform at this moment. I also need help in find a solution to covering the cost I have horrible credit due to my last relationship and I currently cant work because of my daughter medical problems she has had to deal for the age of two weeks and now I believe in my heart my implants caused my daughters problems please please help me.

    2. Alexa

      I got implants and within a year started having seizures, yes seizures at 35 out of no where!!! I had 3 small children, I was an amazing athlete and fantastic business woman. I tried to figure out what was going on so I went to Stanford doctors and numerous other doctors but no one put it together. The seizures would come in the morning right after I’d wake up. It came the last day of the first and second week of my period. So day 6-8 or 12-14. Breast implants have so ruined my body chemistry!!! It used to flow and was amazingly reliable!!! But now those days, those toxic bags leached something into my system and it is really punishing me for it!!!! Please love your body!!! A seizure is heart breaking to have EVERY month- especially when it happens Infront of your children! ????

      1. Alexa

        I am taking Vimpat and Lorazapam for the Stanford doctors
        Algae omega 3, gabatone, the big one migratol and vegan safe B12. ( I feel not peaceful- wow!)

        1. Bonnie

          Alexa, do you have a Doctor at Stanford? If so who is it? I just started Stanford and all they are doing is loading me up on drugs. I now take 7 of them. Does your Doctor understand Breast Implant Disease? So many questions. I will start taking the supplements you mentioned on your log. Thank you for any information.

  43. Stephanie

    I’m having intermittent swelling of the toes and fingers. In the past two years I’ve had ongoing gum issues with a biopsy that was diagnosed as lichen planus, interstitial cystitis which is better now, vaginal/labial irritation and increased migraines. It seems these all are auto immune issues from what I’ve read. I’m currently taking propanol and nortriptyline for migraine prevention. The new onset of swelling prompted my dr to order an ANA lab which was positive. Next step is a cascading wondering what to do next if they tell me I have lupus or something else? I’m wondering if this my implants causing this. My dr wouldn’t order the mold lab. I’m being referred to a rheumatologist.

    1. admin Post author

      Hi Stephanie,
      Yes your implants are causing your symptoms and autoimmune diagnonses. Time to explant. Nicole

      1. nancy hayes

        Stephanie no matter what you do today… make an appt to explant those toxic bags. I was so sick.. and no one even believed me after a while. so i thought it was my implants for sure.. so i had them out.
        and slowly but surely my health is returning.. i still have small problems but staying on healthy diet and no junk food and i am sure i will be 100% soon.
        God Bless

  44. Juslynn Butts

    I need help with these symptoms I am experiencing it is easier to tell you what symptoms I do not have, which would be loosing my hair. That is the only symptom I am not experiencing. I had a left mastectomy and a tram flap in which Dr sommers still used an implant when it was not needed as I had and still have enough of my own tissue. Please just help I am tired I am homeless I’m bouncing around from place to place. I am scared I am alone in this I do not want to die.

  45. Barbarina Johnston

    Yes, thank god i saw your site. I need guidance and cant get help. I have had implants since 1996, those ruptured in 2000 i had a revision. In 2001 recieved a letter from the FDA ” i needed to have the new implants removed due to contamination of the saline”. Had another revision then in 2001 because of that. Everything was handled financial and medical. Now here it is 2016 and again i have another rupture. Only difference is im now on disability i have no insurance and no money. My credit sucks. Im 50 years old. I am in dire need. God knows after all this time and the issues i had to go through i cant be left with one large and one small. This cant be what im left with. Help

  46. Paula Lawrence

    Dear Nicole,

    Thank you for your website. I had “gummy” bear silicone implants put in March 2005. Within 2 yrs I started getting migraine headaches. Over the years I have given up a lot of migraine trigger foods trying to get to the root of the problem. In the back of mind I have wondered why I went ahead with BA. If I would have known all of the information you share on this website I wouldn’t have gotten them. I’ve been on a health journey since 1992 with only a few short “sabaticals” – but I’ve always said nothing tastes as good as feeling good! I have a consult coming up with my plastic surgeon and I will share my concerns with him and the proper protocol for explant described in your site. Thank you for all your hard work and God Bless You.

    PS – How did your breasts turn out after your explant? Thanks Paula Lawrence

    1. admin Post author

      Hi Paula,
      Thank you for your kind comments. My breasts are not bad, in fact, they are much better than I expected. If your cohesive gels are submuscular, your breasts will look much the same as before and perhaps bigger. Implants after explant seem to leave our breasts bigger than before for many. You can see tons of before and after explant pics on the facebook group. Nicole

      1. Paula Lawrence

        Hi Nicole,

        Oh my gosh – I just got on the computer and found your comment! Yes they are submuscular. Thank you so much for your encouragement. I can’t wait for my consultation on March 11, 2016 and I’m calling tomorrow to schedule them out on our vacation which is planned for May 4, 2016. I can’t tell you how stupid I feel for doing this to myself. I knew when I had them put in in March 2005 how bad mercury fillings were, fluoride, root canals and prescription drugs. How could I have been so naive to think that putting implants in my body would be ok? I can only say that I was blinded by what our society says looks good and filling out a bathing suit would be so great. I should have listened to my husband who said I don’t need them – but I barely filled out an A cup so I convinced him to let me do it. It is like a nightmare – but I’m thankful because I am much stronger and healthier to have them out because when I had them put in I didn’t realize I was blood transfusion anemic from fibroids. Ugh! Thank you so much for your help – you are a blessing, Nicole! 🙂

  47. Sheila

    I’ve tried to get on Facebook page but it said “The page you requested cannot be displayed right now. It may be temporarily unavailable, the link you clicked on may be broken or expired, or you may not have permission to view this page.”
    I’ve tried several times in the past as well. I clicked the f on bottom of your page from website ava did a search on Facebook. Is there something wrong with Facebook page? I can get in other ones. Can you help? I’d really like to join the group.

    1. admin Post author

      Hi Sheila,
      The facebook pages is fine. I just checked every link and they are all working. Not sure what is happening but it appears to be on your end. Please try again and let me know. Nicole

  48. Cynthia Garton

    I didn’t see Dr Melmed on the list of recommended surgeons. I thought that he was one of the top surgeons. Is there a reason that he is no longer on the list?
    I was just about to book with him.

    1. admin Post author

      Hi Cynthia,
      Dr. Melmed does believe in breast implant illness however he does not correlate capsule removal to recovery and so is not committed to removing all capsule tissue. If we know one thing in this community it is that your full and best recovery does depend on removing all capsule tissue. There are women that needed to have second surgeries after their original surgery with Melmed to remove capsule tissue in order to get well. Don’t take any chances Cynthia, please choose a surgeon committed to removing all capsule tissue. Nicole

      1. Cynthia Garton

        Thanks for your reply. I was hearing bits and pieces of this about Dr Melmed and have heard enough to make other arrangements.

  49. Melody Grove

    I have been very ill for the past year now. Visiting Doctor after Doctor, only to be told that they don’t know what is wrong. I use a wheelchair now because I have such severe dizziness and mental confusion. I drop everything. I have Raynauds, muscle and joint pain, burning in chest wall, shooting pains in arms, painful and swollen armpits, vision disturbance, nearly blind in one eye now, high ANA markers. The list goes on. I am scheduled to see a plastic surgeon in Iowa City tomorrow, but he does not believe in silicone toxicity. He removed my saline ruptured implants five years ago, and talked me into silicone ones. I want my life back! Does anyone know of an explanation surgeon in my area?

  50. Dena

    I am a breast cancer survivor and had a bi-lateral mastectomy in Feb 2014. My plastic surgeon put highly cohesive gel implants in in May 2014. Within 3 months of having the implants I started having bladder issues. It has gone from that to something else gradually but the last 6 months things are getting progressively worse. The last 2 1/2 months have been unbearable. I would never had implants put in had I known what was in them. The cancer was bad enough not to mention having to endure all these horrible symptoms from the implants.

    I am scheduled for a explant with Dr. Lu-Jean Feng in January. I have been suffering from GERD something terrible. It burns from my throat to my stomach. My primary care dr. put me on Prilosec 40MG last week and I’m no better. She told me to take the 40mg 2 times a day now for 1 week. I feel like I can’t clear my throat and something is sitting in my esophagus. Is there anything I can do that has helped others until my explant?

    My gum is inflamed and swollen behind my 2 upper front teeth. Do you know of anything that can help that until my surgery?

    Thank you for this website. It is saving women’s lives! I can’t wait to get these out. Going through the br

    1. admin Post author

      Hi Dena,
      Come to the Facebook group and ask over a 1000 other ladies what the did for those particular symptoms. You can find the Facebook group by clicking on the Facebook symbol at the end of any page of this site or directly on Facebook by searching the name of our group which is Breast Implant Illness and Healing Official Group. Nicole

  51. Janet

    I had silicon implants put in 1986. I signed for normal saline and was told by the Dr. that is what was put in. This Dr. has now passed away. I have had problems for years. I developed Raynaud’s Phenomena, muscle weakness, memory problems, joint pain, brain fog, hair loss, depression to point of taking RX., but the Drs. just keep telling me the scar tissue was from trauma I had received in 1994. Mammograms always came back ok. But one week ago I seen the implant in the right breast. The skin was red and there was a hard lump on the right upper breast. That night that lump ruptured. Unable to see Dr. until Tuesday AM. I was told both implants have been ruptured for quite awhile and the only thing holding everything together is the scar tissue that had started pulling away. The scar tissue is now gone and I have a bad burning sensation in the right breast all the time which keeps getting worse. The breast is now becoming disfigured. Surgery is sch. for Oct. 1. My insurance will pay for the removal, but not to replace them. I can’t even think of going without breasts. I don’t know how to go about contacting anyone to see where I can get financial help. I am a nurse but had to stop work when my husband got cancer from agent orange and needed someone with him at all times. That put us on a strict income and now the savings is also gone. I don’t know if anyone can guide me to where I need to be to get the help that is needed ASAP.

    1. admin Post author

      Hi Janet,
      We don’t recommend re-implanting another set of breast implants after you explant as they all cause illness. Nicole

  52. Lindalee McCandlis

    Thank you and God Bless you for the work you have done here! I am beginning the journey of seeking a surgeon to do En Bloc in the Seattle area. I have a number of issues including hypothyroid, arthritis like pain in my fingers, brain fog, almost constant burning breast pain, and almost constant muscle pain. Recently, I had an inflammation panel done and my numbers are high risk for cardiovascular disease right on the border of being Very high risk. My life style is a lot like the protocol you describe. Paleo no processed food, no household or personal care chemicals etc. I have been shocked by the numbers. My implants are 28 year old Dow Corning Surgitek. I am so ashamed that I did this to myself! Although I was very young at the time and not accustom to questioning doctors. More than anything I want this poison out of my body and the detox protocol to begin!

    1. Susan Story

      Hi Lindalee
      Have you had your surgery? If not, get it done! Dr Lynn Sowder did mine last week. I got my drains out today. I feel better already. i’m hoping getting them out will allow my body to get rid of the cancer, now that I’m not being constantly poisoned.

  53. Caroline White

    I have Dow silicone implanted 1983. Very sick. Diagnosed with Pulmonary Hypertension in 2006. Anyone else dx of PH? And what kind of litigation is possible for personal injury? I’ve been told I missed the deadline for the class action settlement.? Any info. world be appreciated. Thanks!

  54. Amy L

    Back in 2005, when I got my implants, I was 26, very imbitious mother of a 3 yr old. I was very successful in the mortgage business. I was sent on trips. I felt great. Now, I have been progressively sicker for the past decade. I’m literally considered disabled by the government. I’m on disability SSD & on Medicare since I was 32. Trying to keep up with copays. I have mitral valve prolapse in addition to Hoshimotos, lupus, fibromyalgia, Renaud’s, you name it, been misdiagnosed over the years. Tested for MS twice. I have nonspecific white matter lesions on my brain. Huge lymph nodes. I can’t even breathe in my sleep. My vision is messed up. I could go on for days!
    Trying to raise my son who is 13 now. I could cry. I feel like I’m dying lately. All of this because of something selfish that I chose to do, my son has had an unhealthy mom. What’s the point of the implants when I look like hell & too sick to date anyway. Smh
    Sorry, I’m just beside myself. Your blog may have saved my life.

    1. Lucy

      Amy –
      Our stories are nearly identical. I’m so sorry you’ve endured this insanity for so long! I had a very successful career in politics starting at a very young age – got implants at age 25 – then dx with Lupus at 26 – many many other illnesses to include MS at age 40. Have been unable to work since age 30 and am on full SSDI. I too feel overwhelmed with giult at times as I have been such a boring mom to my two amazing kids. Always sick – too tired/ill to do much of anything without symptoms being exacerbated. I’ve come to realize that guilt, due to a poor decision that I made 20 years ago to have implants, is unhealthy and unneccessary. At this point, just being focused on healing- Had the amalgams/root canals removed 1 year ago and hoping to have explant soon. Being on a very fixed income, it is difficult but necessary to have at some semblance of a normal life.

      You’re not alone….. you can overcome this…….. life will get better.

      Take care,

      1. Alexa

        We will get better, don’t worry!!! Our bodies need the time it was poisoned them to heal, so go slow. It may be a years, it’s worth it and ✨I know it won’t be taken for granted again!✨

  55. Gail

    wow, all the pieces of my puzzle are coming together.
    I have twenty year old saline implants. For the last few years I’ve been going from one Dr. to another. None figuring out what is wrong with me. Blood work is great , but all my symptoms equal auto immune disease. Now after getting on line and pulling up breast implants gone wrong I’m reading the answer to my health issues.
    I live in Long Island, New York, I need to get to a explant Dr. asap! Dose anyone have a great Dr. they can refer in my area ?
    Thank you all for your voice and stories,

  56. Cammie

    Thank you for providing all the invaluable information on this site, and in such a concise, no-nonsense manner, it is very much appreciated. Question, though – how on earth does anyone implement the silicone immune supplement protocol with over 100 items, many to be taken several times/day? My eyes glazed over reading that, and neither my pocketbook, depleted energy level, nor schedule could possibly support such a regimen. I want to do everything in my power to heal, but that list just seems prohibitive. What are others doing? Any suggestions here? Thank you!

    1. admin Post author

      Hi Cammie,
      Dr. Kolb’s Silicone Immune Protocol supplement list is not meant to be taken in it’s entirety. Not everyone will need all those supplements or even many of the supplements. It depends on your symptoms which supplements you should take. Come to the Facebook group called Breast Implant Illness and Healing Official Group by clicking on the facebook button below and we can coach you from there. We have a copy of a supplement list based on symptoms which can be more helpful. Nicole

  57. Nina Hazime

    Good afternoon

    I stumbled upon your information online at; I had breast implants done June 2014 and required 2 revisions since and have been suffering terribly from chronic pain, fatigue, nerve pain and brain fog just to name a few symptoms.

    I had my implants done in the U.S as I often travel here to visit my father. I am currently in NY. I was hoping there was a way someone can help me remove my implants. I am extremely sick as a result and I do not have the financial means to cover this cost as I am an online stay at home student with a disability. I need them out asap I cannot take this any longer!! Plz help!!!

    Nina Hazime

    1. admin Post author

      Hi DDmarie,
      Please go directly under Anita’s comment and hit reply and send her a message asking for the name of her law firm.

    2. Anita

      The law office is:
      Fenstersheib & Berkowitz
      520 West Hallandale Beach Blvd.
      Hallandale Beach, FL 33009

      Ask for Attorney Sheryl Berkowitz

  58. Darlene Stump

    Hi Nicole..
    Just one month ago, Dr Feng removed my 23 yr old McGann implants. They were encapsulated, both ruptured, and leaked into my ribcage & my lymph nodes. DR. Feng removed as much gel as she could get to, but couldn’t get to my ribcage or my lymphnode in my left underarm. My question is this. Can you sue the manufacture (they have changed their name to Allergan) or the plastic surgeon? My original plastic surgeon told me they would last a lifetime. Also, I was part of that class action suit in 1992 when Connie Chung reported how bad they were for your health & I signed off & got a third of my money back. My implants were put in February 1st of 1992 & the story broke March 1st. HOW COULD MY DR NOT HAVE KNOWN THAT THIS WAS GOING TO HAPPEN?? I absolutely feel that he knew when he put those implants in that things were about to blow! I developed a rash in July & had it for six weeks. Dr Feng said it was caused by the implants. I am just wondering if legally you can sue the Dr for putting them in & sue the manufacturer for the implants making you sick? Thanks for all your help! Darlene

    1. admin Post author

      Hi Darlene,
      I have not had an opportunity yet to research the legal proceedings going on against plastic surgeons and implant manufacturers. I do know that implant manufacturers do not disclose to anyone, including plastic surgeons, that their implants are filled with toxic chemicals and plastic surgeons are protected by junk science and junk scientific studies created by implant manufacturers or paid for by implant manufacturers which wrongly promotes silicone as a safe and inert substance. Breast implants are made by large chemical companies which have very powerful and wealthy lobbies in government and the legal system. However, I can refer you to Dr. Diana Zuckerman at [email protected] who has been warning women of the dangers of implants since 1991 and who will be able to give you more information on legal matters and health insurance coverage. Hope it helps. Nicole

    2. Anita

      Hi Darlene, I also had Dr. Feng remove my implants 1/8/2014. I was very happy with the outcome. I have been sick for a long time ( social security disabilty since 2003). I was fortunate enough to be in the Dow Settlement; my claim for illness is almost completed. I’m using a law firm in FL; all Dow Settlement Claim deadlines are coming to a close. In my opinion, I think it will be only a matter of time before they start a Class Action against the ” new generation” implants. One piece of information for all of you ladies suffering with the newer implants, don’t take a payout. Once you take the payout or lump sum from the manufacture, you forfeit your rights to file claims for ruptures, illness etc. . Apparently this happened to many women when the Dow Settlement was formed. Some women took money for explant even if they weren’t sick, didn’t get them removed, and years later found they had ruptures and illness, all of which had different level of $$’s and could not be compensated because they took the (small) payment years earlier.

      1. teri grillo

        Can these companies be sued? Mine are not ruptured as far as I know but it’s proven by lab tests to now be autoimmune. Can you advise?

      2. Kim Griswold

        Hi, Anita,

        May I have the name of the law firm you used in regard to the Dow Corning suit? No lawyer in MN would take a client. I’m in the highest disease category. I called the settlement hotline, they said they wrote me, but I never got a letter. Obviously it was not sent certified. Also, I did not get a payout. They say (confusingly) they are waiting for verification of the implants, but I’ve never received a letter on that either. A lawyer here said Dow hasn’t paid much to even the earliest to file – that they’re waiting for us to die, better bottom line for them, money to keep… I have lost everything – can’t work – tired from trying so hard to get well – can’t afford an explant – or food…

  59. Conniem

    I’m wondering why I’m never hungry. Is it inflammation that makes you lose your appetite. I’m 5’8″ and only weigh 110 on a good day. Also, I’ve been playing the piano for 54 years and now my left hand is numb. I can’t even open a ziplock bag without using my teeth. I’m praying that the hand comes back, because I like to play at my bible study group. And I play concertos which I cannot play any more. I miss it terribly!!!!!

    1. admin Post author

      Hi Conniem,
      Lack of hunger may be from low thyroid and I suggest you have your thyroid tested. Thyroid and adrenals are often damaged from breast implants. If your thyroid tests in the low normal range you may still need to support it with either natural thyroid medication or iodine. I found iodine was very helpful to support my thyroid. Nicole

        1. admin Post author

          Hi Kim,
          There are several good iodine groups on Facebook, I highly suggest joining them to learn iodine protocols, a good one is called Iodine Protocols. Nicole

  60. cherlynn McCain

    I have 30year old silicone/gel implants(Dow Corning) and I know one is ruptured not to mention I have many of thede symptoms…please recommend any explant surgeons herein yuba city,California or Sacramento cal

  61. conniem

    I’m wondering if anyone knows of a lab that tests for the poisons in silicone implants. I was explanted about six weeks ago and I am so sick. I have lost 25 pounds and my family does not believe I have breast implant illness. I want test results to prove it.

    1. admin Post author

      Hi Conniem,
      There are some test to test for silicone however they are both unnecessary or unreliable because every manufacturer of implants uses different chemicals in their silicone and even change up the chemicals in the different batches. You are obviously ill from your implants and you don’t need to prove that to anyone else. In any event here are some tests that may be available:
      1. Silicone Antibodies
      – UNILAB Test #8099 Cpt 86318
      Regular 4 ml Serum at room temperature
      = Analytic time 7-10 days
      2. Silicon Levels
      – UNILAB Test # 9025 CPT84285
      Minimum 2ml to 4 ml Serum Analytic time 7-10 days

      My questions for you: Did you get a proper explant? – which means was the entire capsule tissue removed as well as the implants? That is important for your best recovery and easiest detox. In any event, many women lose weight during detox for different reasons. For instance, I am 5 ft 7 inches tall and was 138 pounds before explant and lost 20 pounds in the hardest part of my detox process about five months after explant. Now nearly two years after explant, I am fully recovered and have gained it all back and am about 135 pounds which is my normal weight. Detoxification diets are very lean and based mostly on fruit and vegetables with some protein on purpose to minimize energy usage and minimize digestion stress which allows your body extra energy to detox chemicals but also results in weight loss. Silicone is estrogenic and causes weight gain in most women. Many women gain weight after getting implants and over the years of having implants. Some of your weight loss may be due to removing the implants and therefore removing the estrogenic activity. Further, silicone is an endocrine disruptor which damages our thyroid and adrenals which can also cause result in weight loss. Problems with low adrenals and over active thyroid can cause weight loss. What are all your symptoms? What is your diet like right now? You may need support for your adrenals and thyroid until they recover. Another suggestion I have for you is to supplement your diet with oils such as high quality krill oil, flax oil, avocados, coconut oil, olive oil and butter from organic grass fed cows. Detox is an up and down process and you are in the hardest part now. Over the months you will improve. Most women are generally recovered in about one year but the process can take longer. Pease read my Detox page here: I am here for you any time. Nicole

      1. conniem

        I was explanted properly. The entire implant came out after 27 years. The doctor said they were intact, and that they had not leaked. But we all know that silicone implants leak. I was originally diagnosed with Lyme, but I don’t have lyme. It was breast implant illness the whole time. I didn’t find out until I went for an echocardiogram. The tech told me they were leaking because an echo is like a sonogram and she could see it.

  62. Dr. Diana Zuckerman

    I was very glad to learn about this website today, because so many women are getting inaccurate information from other breast implant web sites that delete any comments that women make about their implant problems. I’ve been trying to provide accurate information to women with implant problems since 1990, and it is amazing how difficult that has become. Your web site really makes a difference.

    We greatly appreciate that links to articles from our website ( and are linked here.

    Nicole, I’d love to talk to you directly, so please contact me by email. And, please list our free online hotline for women with implants: we answer any and all questions that women with implant problems send to [email protected]


  63. Susan Henry

    Hi there,
    I am 54 years old and had nonhodgkins lymphoma in 1980 with heavy radiation to the chest and chemo.
    In 2006, I developed breast cancer an had a bilateral mastectomy with total reconstruction completed in 2009 with Silicone Implants.
    Then in 2011 I had to have a double bypass
    Due to radiation damage from the nonhodgkins .
    RECENTLY I developed two blood clots from a picc line put in my left arm.!( one subclavian clot and one axilla) and they discovered an ” old rt. Jugular clot too in July 2014!
    I planned on removing my breast implants in September 2014 , as I’ve been VERY ILL .
    And have Capsule contracture ! The pain is like non other and MANY AUTOIMMUNE SYMPTOMS!
    I consulted with an explant surgeon in May 2014 and had planned on surgery in September 2014 ( my year anniversary of being on Plavix for a heart stent )
    I developed worsening chest pain and had to have a procedure done In July 2014 and a PICC LINE WAS PUT IN( I have difficult vein access) .
    The picc caused 2 blood clots and know I’ve become a surgical risk.
    The plastic surgeon mentioned I may not be able to have the capsules removed, only the implants!!
    The previous surgeon I CONSULTED IN MAY 2014 ( in OHIO ) won’t return my calls and now I’m really a prisoner to my potentially leaking SILICONE IMPLANTS! ( since she found out about my blood clots!)
    I also have fibrosis in my lungs and need to GET THESE IMPLANTS OUT!
    Cardiology has just cleared me for surgery
    Do you know of any explant surgeons in the Michigan area ? ( other than Dr Feng in Ohio)

    1. admin Post author

      Hi Susan,
      It surprises me that Dr. Feng is refusing to do your surgery. She would be perfect because she is also a vascular surgeon. There are other good Drs. too. Linked here: is a list of plastic surgeons I gathered from recommendations and from internet explant sites but please do your due diligence with whoever you pick. Because your case is complicated I would recommend you see Dr. Susan Kolb in Atlanta Georgia or Dr. Jae Chun in New Port, California. Please let me know how things unfold. Nicole

    2. Caroline White

      I too have Pulmonary hypertension and having difficulty finding a surgeon who wil replant because off my illness. I want them out! I can’t breathe and am so sick. I was implanted Dow silicone 1983. Crazy long . Couldn’t afford to do anything when I started feeling bad. MIR shows rupture a n d x ray sho were encapsulation. My breasts are hard and disfigured. I live in So. Cal. I’m not going to give up. But truthfully I am scared I might not make it though recovery from expat.

  64. Shela

    I have silicon implants that r ruptured .
    I have had weight gain.Pain
    I live in Oklahoma and want to know if
    their is any financial help to remove ?

    1. admin Post author

      Hi Shela,
      Most medical insurance companies will pay for removal of implants if they are making you sick and your doctor confirms they are. Some explant doctors such as Dr. Susan Kolb in Atlanta Georgia or Dr. Jae Chun of New Port, California will make an application to have removal paid for by your insurance if you have insurance. Hope this helps. Nicole

      1. GDMC

        I am in Missouri and feel like I am between a rock and a hard place. I have 24 year old McGhan silicone textured sub-muscular, and have Baker 4 and Baker 3, and am fairly certain they are either ruptured or leaking. My insurance WILL positively pay for explant (I checked the policy carefully). BUT, although there are a few qualified surgeons here who are experienced in explant, they will only code this as a cosmetic procedure and not a medically necessary one so that it will go through my insurance. All that I have researched require payment up front. I get that—fine….but they will not submit a claim to my insurance so that I can be compensated for the hefty fees, nor will they provide a surgical report using the “medical” procedure code which would allow me to file my own claim and be compensated. They will only treat my medically-necessary condition as cosmetic, will only invoice it that way, and will not help with insurance claims in any way. WHERE can I locate a surgeon who is experienced in explant but will help with filing an insurance claim so that I can take advantage of the coverage my policy offers? Isn’t there ANYONE in Missouri? So frustrated and in so much pain.

        1. admin Post author

          Hi GDMC,
          You may have to travel outside MO to get your explant covered on insurance. I know Dr. Susan Kolb in Atlanta Georgia goes through insurance and so does Dr. Jae Chun in Newport, California. They are both excellent explant surgeons. Dr. Kolb is the most knowledgeable doctor healing women from implants and supporting ladies through detox. Because you have textured implants your surgery has to be done Enbloc removing the implant and the capsule entirely together in one unit so as not to contaminate you further. If I was you I would go to Dr. Kolb. Here is there contact info: Nicole

  65. Chris

    I am also interested in the en bloc technique but I am not sure if my plastic surgeon performs this. He doesn’t believe implants can make you sick so I have a feeling he doesn’t. I live in Los Angeles so if you know of any surgeons in the LA area that would be great. Thanks!

  66. Leah

    Hi, I want to remove my silicone implants with En Bloc technique but do not know of any plastic surgeons who use this style of explantation. I live in Southern California. Any referrals would be greatly appreciated.