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A: "Breast implant illness is a constellation of symptoms that people are reporting that they think are being caused by their breast implants. The biggest problem with breast implant illness is that it's not a well-defined issue or disease process. The symptoms are varied and overlap with other disease processes. As a physician, my biggest problem is ruling out other serious medical problems.⁠

Some of the most common symptoms of breast implant illness are brain fog (lack of clarity of thought), joint and muscle pain, hair loss, sleep disturbance, and infertility. Some people get skin rashes; some have breast pain. Some people have tingling in their extremities or on their torso. There are also many symptoms that overlap with autoimmune and endocrine diseases, such as hypothyroidism. Some studies have also shown an increased rate of scleroderma in patients with silicone implants."⁠

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Part 1 - Goop Q & A


A: “My goal as a surgeon is to say “what can I do to help you get better and move on with your life and feel better about yourself and your health?” I’ve been seeing a lot of breast implant illness patients for the last few years and this issue has been increasing each month. For some people, I can take out their implants and then do a breast lift to restore their breast aesthetic. For other patients with smaller amounts of native tissue, I will inject some of their own fat into the breast to give them a little bit more volume. It’s not usually the same amount of volume as they had with their implants but at least it’s something.”

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A: "That data does not exist. We don’t know that taking the implants out changes anything. In my practice, I’ve noticed that most patients feel better when I take them out along with the capsules. Some of them feel only 5 percent better; some, 85 percent better. And some of them feel better a week later, while for others, it’s several months before their symptoms subside. It depends what the symptoms are, and it depends how sick they seem to be.⁠

In my practice, the overwhelming majority of people do get better after the implants are removed, and I don’t have a really good explanation as to why other than perhaps there’s a subset of people who are genetically predisposed to having an inflammatory response to their breast implants. But we don’t have any tangible evidence. There’s no marker in the blood we can measure yet."⁠

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Q: Is mammography the best cancer-screening procedure for people with implants? And might it cause rupture?

A: When people with breast implants get a mammogram, the radiologist will move the implant out of the way. For the most part, the implant is behind the breast, so it’s pushing the breast up, and you usually can still see most of the breast tissue. However, it is possible that the implant could affect your imaging results. An implant is not likely to affect anything with an ultrasound or MRI. [Editor’s note: You’ll find more information on screening procedures for people with implants in our Q&A with Barbara Hayden, MD.]

My hunch would be that if an implant is ruptured during a mammogram, it probably was going to rupture at some point soon anyway. Implants are pretty strong. They’re pretty hard to rupture. I’ve talked to many breast imaging radiologists, and they say, “Oh no, it’s safe.” But implants can rupture sometimes, especially if they’re older ones.

Overall, the rate of implant ruptures is a little bit higher for saline implants than it is for silicone. Silicone implants have a risk of rupturing slightly under 1 percent per year, while saline implants have a risk of 2.5 percent per year.

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Part 4 - Goop Q & A

Our KTLA special was done a year ago after Jennifer had her explant surgery in October 2019 and Amanda had hers 9 months prior. This KTLA documentary is about bringing awareness to women that may be sick and not even know it. Neither of us knew what had been going on with for over 10 years until seeing a BII symptoms list, talking, and sharing our stories with each other. That can be powerful stuff knowing that you are not alone in this fight.

KTLA 5 Breast Implant Illness Awareness Aircheck

Part 1 of the KTLA documentary talks about Jennifer's begin process of her explants, what to expect, and what is happening in the industry now. As we are all on this journey to find answers and get healthy, we have to not be afraid and ask questions. Being vulnerable for most people isn't something we think we can do but when other women's lives are on the line here you have to be brave and share your stories. 

Breast Implant Illness Awareness 4k Part 1

In our last part of the documentary Jennifer talks about complications caused in her life along with her one month follow up. Amanda talks more about her explant journey and what lead to her decision. Hopefully by sharing their stories publicly millions of people will see the damages caused and will end their searches with success.

Breast Implant Illness Awareness 4k Part 2

Explant Liaison joins Rashel Gonzales on her Youtube channel, The Easteys, to discuss her journey with Breast Implant Illness.

THE BREAST DECISION: Amanda & Rashel talk Breast Implant Illness

Angie Everheart supermodel and remodel and her struggle with implants. Opens up about her personal life and health surrounding multiple surgeries to remove her breast implants and capsules surrounding them.

Angie Everhart says breast implant capsules made her sick

Back in 1992 Jenny Jones talked about her breast implants and how they affected her health. Hearing stories like this of women being effect and talking about the effects of breast implants on national television back in 1992 scares me to think why nothing happened back then. We are hoping to change the narrative on this and get the word out. No more mystery illness, searching for answers and spending time and money on trying to figure out why we are feeling how we are. Thank you, Jenny, for speaking out.

Silicone Gel Breast Implants - Jenny Jones Show - February 27, 1992

Back in 1995 Laura Bowden was so sick from her implants her wrote in just to be on Oprah to share her story. The CEO of Down Corning was on the panel that day and it was an exciting episode to see how brave people back then were about coming out and fight for their health. It had taken us too long.

An Open Letter to Oprah from Laura Bowden

More information on sonocine is becoming a go-to for not your ordinary mammogram with the recent study out on the effects of mammograms and your health. 

The SonoCiné offers the most comprehensive breast imagining technology available. Compared to a mammogram which can pick up cancer lesions as small as 15mm, the SonoCiné can detect lesions at 3mm.

Benefits of the SonoCine

Women with dense breasts or implants: Your small, curable cancers are often missed by mammography. Following Dr. Papanicolaou’s 30-year struggle to gain acceptance of the Pap smear for detection of cervical cancer, Dr. Kelly is working to do the same for an automated ultrasound technology that finds cancers when they are very small and very curable.

Dr. Kelly is one of this country’s leading authorities on using ultrasound to detect cancers in women with dense breast tissue and/or implants. Since 1993, he has been conducting clinical research on the discovery and characterization of breast cancer by ultrasound, and in 1997 began his journey to develop SonoCiné AWBUS (Automated Whole Breast Ultrasound). Launched in 2000, SonoCiné Inc. has been instrumental in identifying numerous very small cancers that were not detected by mammography, thus saving many lives and avoiding unnecessary chemotherapy treatments in many women.

The Future of Breast Cancer Detection is Already Here

Back in 2012 actress Sally Kirkland had her breast implants removed due to a tremendous amount of pain she was having. She then had her silicone breast implants replaced with saline implants hoping that would make the difference but did not. She had them removed for good this last time in 2012 and spoke out about the dangers and how we are looked at as women in the public eye. 

Sally Kirkland breast implant removal, capsulectomy and lift by Dr Haworth

Check out this fortune article about the dangers of breast implants and the Allergan Abbive acquisition. 

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‘They killed her’: Why are breast implants still putting millions of women at risk?

In this Kiro 7 news special covers the dangers of implants and the uptick with 457 cases of anaplastic large cell lymphoma detected in women with texture implants. Also touching on the road to recovery and how we need to bring awareness to the situation. 

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Women blame years of illness on breast implants

Have you had a mammogram? Have you ever had an ultrasound? Both are pretty familiar terms when regarding women’s health. We often find ourselves thinking back to the last one, inwardly cringing when not being able to remember, or even perhaps for some of you, you haven’t had either. 

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The Important Breast Cancer Screening Weapon You May Not Know About

How safe are breast implants really? In this article, the medical community takes a deep dive into address concerns and symptoms that women are developing after getting breast implants.

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How Safe are Breast Implants?