Breast Implants: Are they Making You Sick?


MIAMI, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) — More than 300 thousand women had breast augmentation surgery last year. Now, there’s a growing number of patients opting to have their implants removed.

Reporter Jen Herrera is used to telling other people’s stories.

Herrera told Ivanhoe, “I’ve switched it up a little recently and started telling my own.”

At 18, she decided to get breast implants. But 15 years later, Herrera experienced some unusual symptoms.

“All of a sudden I started getting these really strange rashes,” she said.

She also had agonizing joint pain. Jen was eventually diagnosed with dermatomyositis, an autoimmune disease. Plastic surgeon David Rankin says an increasing number of breast implant patients are reporting symptoms.

“I mean I could pull out a list that’s three pages long … brain fog, autoimmune issues, thyroid issues,” Rankin said.

A MD Anderson study found that silicone implants are associated with autoimmune disorders. But the FDA says breast implants are safe.

“I’m taking out more implants right now than I am putting in.”

Jen’s best friend who got her implants at the same time had similar problems.

“I went to her and said I think I want to take them out and it just so happened she was thinking the same thing,” Christina Campagna said.

The two had their ‘ex-plant’ procedures in 2017. Both say soon after their symptoms disappeared.

“Since I explanted my hands no longer get red or blistered,” Herrera said

Herrera wrote a book called “Are Your Fake Boobs Making You Sick?” Since then, hundreds of women write her every day.

“Oh my gosh, thank you so much, I’ve been looking for answers for this many years,” she said.

Sharing her story to help others.

Six weeks after the explant procedure, Herrera was back to working out. She is still getting used to how her new body looks in clothes. Doctor Rankin says most of his explant patients also get a lift at the same time. The procedure costs between eight and ten thousand dollars and may be covered by insurance in some cases. So far, there is no direct causative link between breast implants and autoimmune disease, but more studies are being conducted.

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Jen Herrera


Contributor(s) to this news report include: Janna Ross, Producer; Judy Reich, Videographer and Dave Harrison, Editor.

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