This year, I made the big decision to have my breast implants removed after three and a half years of constant pain and then illness. About a year before I explanted, meaning I had my implants and capsules removed, I started to get sick and then sicker. By the time I explanted, I had 29 symptoms of breast implant illness. Most of these symptoms have resolved since my surgery.

Breast implant illness and the other potential dangers of breast implants have become a popular topic, especially since the FDA recently issued new breast implant warnings. I am not alone in explanting—not even close. In fact, a plastic surgeon, Dr. Amy DeRosa, recently made news as a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon who chose to have her own breast implants removed.

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