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Welcome to Healing Breast Implant Illness

This website originally my story of breast implant illness and first published in February 2013, has become the culmination of breast implant illness stories and medical information from over 100,000 women in the Facebook group Breast Implant Illness and Healing By Nicole. Our personal experience of breast implant illness is the foundation of our wisdom and may it be of benefit to you. If you have breast implants or are thinking of them, please read this website and then join the Facebook group for support and access to important research.     

On May 2, 2019, the FDA issued a statement acknowledging breast implant illness and the systemic symptoms caused by silicone. Earlier, on February 6, 2019, the FDA warned health care providers about the association of all kinds of breast implants with cancer.  In September 2018, one of the largest ever studies published shows breast implants ARE associated with rare diseases, autoimmune disorders and other serious health problems. For more information regarding the FDA announcements, recent studies, medical case reports, silicone toxicity and silicone gel bleed please see Breast Implant Safety

If you have breast implants now, stay calm and focus on identification of Breast Implant Illness Symptoms and when you recognize yourself in these symptoms, move to Explant. Proper removal of your breast implants is the most important step to your recovery from breast implant illness. Breast implants should be removed En Bloc (in a manner that prevents contamination to you) and with a Total Capsulectomy (remove all capsule tissue). The body, when treated well has an amazing healing and regenerative capacity. Trust in your body’s ability to heal. Choose a surgeon that is skilled and experienced at En Bloc and/or Total Capsulectomy removal of breast implants and is dedicated to removing all capsule tissue.  Here is an international list of Explant Surgeons recommended by the over 100,000 ladies in our facebook group who used these surgeons for proper explant.

Unfortunately, you will likely not get help identifying breast implant illness from your doctor or plastic surgeon. There is no test for breast implant illness and it’s just starting to be acknowledged by the medical and plastic surgery community. Many women suffering from breast implant illness are misdiagnosed and mistreated for diseases that have similar symptoms and have been repeatedly told their breast implants are not causing their symptoms.  Don’t waste time on misdiagnoses and mistreatment. Time is of the essence to your health. Trust your inner wisdom. Saline and silicone breast implants made with toxic chemicals and heavy metals do not belong in our healthy bodies. Further, your plastic surgeon may attempt to talk you out of explant and instead suggest replacement or a different kind of implant. He may tell you that a Total Capsulectomy is not necessary. Do not believe this, in fact, we suggest not using your original plastic surgeon for explant unless he/she readily acknowledges breast implant illness and insists on a En Bloc/Total Capsulectomy explant and is experienced at removing breast implants En Bloc.  

After your proper explant, detoxification and healing will unfold over several months and here are some Silicone Detox guidelines to help you support yourself.  Step by step you can heal. Under our RESOURCES section on the home page, we have compiled other important information which will assist you and contribute to your healing. Due to so many women being affected negatively by breast implants, litigation is picking up, please go here to Breast Implant Lawsuits to learn of lawsuits which are being filed against implant manufacturers due to illness and diseases caused by silicone and saline breast implants.

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

Best wishes in your recovery,


This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. Love the new format!
    It is no easy thing to own the responsibility of maintaining a site like this, especially when the publicly accepted medical authorities provide responses that are so variable causing near constant fluidity to approved surgeons. Your efforts saved my health and possibly even my life. I am 6 months post explant and I am so blessed to feel like a human again.
    It’s thanksgiving day 2019, and I have much to be thankful for this year. Let me start with you. Thank you for Having to courage to take on ALL the professionals who didn’t know they were wrong. May God fill your life and lead your steps and may we all find support needed to make this journey back to health. 💜✝️💜

  2. Thank you for sharing this information. I went to see my surgeon last week to discuss explant surgery, he got upset and told me there is no proof and that BiI is a social media disease

    1. Hi Jennifer,
      Yes, plastic surgeons will and do deny that breast implants and silicone cause systemic symptoms but the FDA does recognized breast implant illness and released the now close to half a million adverse event reports filed on breast implants since they have been brought back onto the market in 2006. The FDA is also putting a black box warning on breast implants giving its highest warning available to users. Plastic surgeons deny breast implant illness as breast implants are a large portion of their revenues.

  3. Thank you for the sacrifices made to educate and support women. Unbelievable what you all have done. The growth of your mission is amazing and proof that it is profoundly important. I explanted after twenty seven yrs, age 65, saline under muscle with NO problems as a preventative and for peace of mind . I fully support this mission and pray for continued success and health.

  4. Thank you for all the breast implant illness awareness you bring to people everyday.

  5. Definitely not sure I’d be what I am and who I am today without this life saving website. Because of all the amazing information and these amazing women here, I’ve gotten a new lease on life. Words truly aren’t enough to show the gratitude I feel for Nicole and everyone here.
    This is an issue that will soon be forever gone, I pray. Too many of us have lost out on pieces of our lives because of these toxic implants, that we believed to be nothing but safe. No one should have to go through so much as most of us have.
    Thank you again to Nicole for starting this movement. Between you and our good Lord, You have saved soooo many.

  6. Thank you educating us, and giving us a vision of becoming once again the person we used to be. I personally feel that finally there could be an explanation for my undiagnosable declining health since 2008. My first recollection was rejecting the Mirena IUD, as my doctor claimed 1% have infections, therefore it couldn’t be the cause. I didn’t care, I removed it anyway. Although vaginal infections stopped other issues like polyps, fibroids, heavy bleeding started. With that began underarm lymph node swelling to goiter size with every internal infection. Nasal surgical site infection with Cadaver tissue was the final catalyst in 2015. Since then, autoimmune test positive, GI colitis, joint, vision, 3 more nasal surgery’s, and not one diagnosis other than my Anti-DNA DS & SSA, HLA-DQ 2 & 8 both positive, GI Endo/Colon positive for colitis and inflammation but having a Rheumatologist tell you it’s a False/Positive, was my final mental breakdown. It’s devastating when you even test positive for disease, and someone makes you feel like it’s all only in your head. So again, thank you for bringing to light a disease that is REAL. Armed with research, thanks to you, and so many others, I must now become my own advocate. These toxic bags that have slowly been killing me since 2001. It’s sad to think how much data was being withheld, information that could have helped me years ago.

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