If you have breast implants but, weren’t warned that they might impair lung function you weren’t ‘fully informed’.
If I had been told getting breast implants might cause damage to my lungs, or leave me with silicone against, and now possibly in my lungs I certainly wouldn’t have agreed to get them. What I was persuaded by was the plastic surgeon telling me my implants would not only last my lifetime, but when I was dead and in the grave, my body would decompose, but my implants wouldn’t. I was told my implants were ‘safe’ – new, state of the art devices. I, like millions of other women, was sold a load of false ‘spin’.
Many plastic surgeons are now telling women breast implants are not lifetime devices, though many are still ambiguous about how long they will last. Women with thirty to forty year old implants are still being told there’s no need to remove their implants.
As is the case with many women who get implants I lived a very active and health conscious lifestyle. The disconnect of having toxic devices sitting in close proximity to my lungs (and other vital organs) was lost on me until I found out my silicone implants were ruptured. Not just ruptured – badly ruptured with extra capsular rupture. I hadn’t ever been told there was even a possibility silicone could escape the implants and migrate throughout my body. By the time I finally connected the dots it was too late. Silicone was in my lymph nodes and had gone deeply into my chest wall; it was up to my lungs. There’s no ‘do-overs’. There’s no retrieving the silicone.
It’s not even just about migrated silicone. At the time of explant my lungs were encased by acute inflammation, necrotized tissue, silicone granulomas, biofilms, and more. All of it impeding my lung function.
My implants have been removed, but I have permanent damage to my lungs. I have permanent damage in other ways also, but this blog post is specifically focusing on the potential of breast implants to impair lung function.
I can’t even begin to count the number of women I know who have been left with lung impairment from their implants also. It’s seemingly epidemic and in my opinion is a public health crisis. It’s especially prevalent for women with migrated silicone.