If you have symptoms of breast implant illness please report all adverse reactions to your country’s health government agency.
US – Breast implants can be reported to the FDA through the MedWatch Online Voluntary Reporting Form. Medical device reports submitted to the FDA can be found in the Manufacturer and User Device Experience (MAUDE) database. If you are interested in requesting specific documents from the FDA, please see FOIA.
Canada – Breast implants can be reported to Health Canada through the Health Product Complaint Form.
UK – Breast implants can be reported to the MHRA through the Yellow Card Scheme.
Australia – Breast implants can be reported to the TGA through the Users Medical Device Incident Report. Medical device reports submitted to the TGA can be found in the Database of Adverse Event Notifications (DAEN).
Please refer to the insurance page for information on insurance codes, which insurance companies have covered women, and contacts for assistance.
Science and Medical:
Please see the Scientific Articles page for over 200+ references to breast implant related scientific articles. They are organized into eight categories: 1. General, 2. Researchers, 3. Saline Implants & Mold, 4. Ruptured Silicone Implants, 5. Biofilm & Infections, 6. Breast Feeding with Implants and Effects on Children, 7. Biomaterials, and 8. ALCL (cancer).
Dr. Pierre Blais (chemist and biocompatibility expert – Canada), Dr. Arthur Brawer (rheumatologist and silicone toxicity expert – Long Branch, NJ), Dr. Yehuda Shoenfeld (physician and autoimmunity researcher – Israel), Dr. Cohen Tervaert (rheumatologist – Edmonton, Canada), Dr. Henry Dijkman (pathologist – Netherlands), Dr. Diana Zuckerman (President of National Center of Health Research), Dr. Sarah Myhill (UK), Dr. Lu-Jean Feng (plastic surgeon – Cleveland, OH), Dr. Victor Urzola (plastic surgeon – Costa Rica), Dr. H. Jae Chun (plastic surgeon – Newport Beach, CA), Dr. Matthew G. Stanwix (plastic surgeon – Henrico, VA), Dr. Susan Kolb (plastic surgeon – Atlanta, GA), Dr. Edward Melmed (plastic surgeon – Dallas, TX), Dr. Rita Kappel (plastic surgeon – Netherlands), Dr. Michael Harbut (environmental medicine specialist – Detroit, MI), Dr. S V Maharaj (silicone breast implants and platinum expert). See here for some of their publications.
What you need to know about breast implants (National Center on Health Research)
Dr. Myhill –
Dr. Urzola –
“Over the past year and 8 months I have learned and researched a lot about this condition. After explanting over 100 patients and seeing the extraordinary post operative reports with over 85% of patients reporting complete remission of their symptoms or at least an important improvement, we are committed to starting a scientific investigation with the purpose of validating BII as a syndrome and getting the medical community to recognize it as a problem affecting thousands of women around the world.”
Dr. Feng –
Breast Implant Removal: Basics I
Breast Implant Removal: Basics II
Topics: pathology, mold/microorganisms, detoxification, coinfections/diseases, selecting a surgeon, silicone vs. saline, capsule removal, lymph node removal, hormones and symptoms of BII. Video and Transcript.
Breast Implant Removal: Basics III
Breast Implant Removal IV: Detoxification
Topic: An in-depth discussion of detoxification before and after breast implant removal. Video.
MTHFR and breast implants (Video)
Dr. Chun –
“Many patients suffer from BII(Breast Implant Illness) from their saline or silicone breast implants.” – Dr. Chun’s Breast Implant Removal Page
YouTube Channel – with videos on explantation, ruptured implants, difficulty associated with detecting ruptured silicone, and an en bloc capsulectomy explant (graphic).
Instagram where you can see Dr. Chun’s meticulous skill and expertise in doing perfect en bloc explants.
Dr. Kolb –
While unfortunately Dr. Kolb does not meet the requirements for our explant surgeons list, her book has been a benefit to many in the community along with other contributions listed below. If something is of use to women affected by breast implant illness, it will be provided on this website regardless of politics.
Book: The Naked Truth About Breast Implants: From Harm to Healing
Note: There are currently three pending medical malpractice lawsuits filed against this plastic surgeon.
Dr. Blais –
All articles on breast implants by Dr. Pierre Blais, click here. Topics include: rupture, cancer, breast feeding, polyurethane, saline implants, cohesive gel, explant problems etc.
Dr. Blais is a chemist and expert in the biocompatibility of implant materials. He has been analyzing breast implants and conducting breast implant failure analyses for over 40+ years. There is currently a backlog due to the high demand and he is not accepting any new breast implants. Dr. Blais is a significant resource, he is a wealth of information on most breast implant matters.
Dr. Brawer –
More from Dr. Brawer on ASIA vs. the mechanisms of silicone toxicity (2017)
Doctors Speak Out –
Dr. Frank Vasey (the “Dark” side of silicone breast implants)
Dr. Stephen Edelson (goes into symptom mechanisms)
Dr. Britta Ostermeyer (on dangers of silicone implants)
Other Educational Videos –
Breast Implant Illness – Dr. Faria
Integrative en-block treatment – Dr. Hovsepian
Capsular contracture – ruptured breast implants – Dr. Cassileth
Immune Response to Silicone (skip to 5:38 for the effects on children)
National Birth Defect Registry
- Did you have breast implants while pregnant?
- Did you breastfeed with breast implants?
- Was your child born with a birth defect? Was your child born with a birth defect?
The National Birth Defect Registry might be able to help us research any possible link between breast implants and birth defects. If you’d like to help, please go to their website and register. Click here for more info.
***Search here if a doctor is receiving payments from a manufacturer and here (such as fees in research, consulting, speaker, sponsor, etc).
PIP Implants Survey – if you have or had PIP, please fill out this survey
Facebook Support Groups:
For all medical devices: Medical Device Problems
Mothers: Breast Implants and Children
There are over 160+ breast implant illness support groups and awareness pages on Facebook where women share their experiences.
Facebook groups are helpful for hearing feedback from other women, seeing pictures of capsules and breasts, and to provide support with explant. However, it is good to be aware that there is always some level of censorship and undercurrent of politics that vary in severity within each group. Certain posts or comments are swiftly deleted if they collide with admins’ politics in the groups. This is unfortunate and usually happens below the radar which is why it is important for it to be mentioned. In surgeon specific support groups negative experiences, posts/comments are at times deleted and members removed. This occurs in the larger BII groups as well. The Facebook groups listed here have relatively less drama than others hence why they are posted. This website is not affiliated with any Facebook support group and writes this information only to help women be aware.
Personal Stories and Videos:
Alex Chafen – Breast Implants, a Husband’s Perspective
Beth Maturevich – Breast Implant Illness (Saline) Video
Raylene Hollrah – Diagnosed with ALCL, story
Implant Illness Awareness – Breast implants are not safe. We are the proof.
Jamee Cook –
- FB: Breast Implant Victim Advocacy (BIVA)
- FB: Medical Device Problems
- FB: The Implant Truth Survivors Committee (Non-Profit)
- Breast Implant Info (Non-Profit)
- No Grit No Pearls.org (Non-Profit)
- BIA-ALCL Awareness – Just Call Me Ray Foundation (Non-Profit)
- Breast Implant Petition
- FB: Breast Implant Illness – (Australia & New Zealand) Healing and Support
- FB: PIP Implant Rupture Support & Awareness Australia
- PIP Implants Scotland Campaign
- FB: PIP Implants Scotland
- FB: Breast implant illness and explant support group Scotland
Ireland FB Group: PIP Ireland
the se Mamm air e Da nge r
- FB: Dans l’enfer des protheses mammaires
- PIP et Allergan
- FB: Association-PPP
- Johanna, 31, varnar andra: “Implantaten gjorde mig jättesjuk”
- FB: Breast Implant Illness Sverige
Switzerland: Informationen zu Brustimplantaten
Venezuela FB Group: Protesis Mamarias PIP
Singapore FB Page: Implant Illness and Detox Singapore
South Africa: Breast Implant Illness – South Africa
Breast Implant Illness Websites:
BIA-ALCL Awareness – Just Call Me Ray Foundation (Non-Profit)
Breast Implant Info (Non-Profit)
No Grit No Pearls.org (Non-Profit)
Toxic Discovery (Non-Profit)
Breast implant illness websites and forums have been around since the late 90s and early 2000s:
In addition, there were Yahoo support groups and breastimplantsupport.org was another popular forum but now is no longer running.
Breast Implant Manufacturer FDA Information:
For more information on breast implant FDA links and how to do more FDA research, click here.
The Naked Truth About Breast Implants: From Harm to Healing by Dr. Susan Kolb
The D.I.R.T. Committee by Gail Hamilton
- Must read, especially if you had Dow
- D.I.R.T = Document Investigation & Review Team
The Boobie Trap: Silicone, Scandals, and Survival by Barbara Stanistreet
Informed Consent by John A. Byrne
Dr. Andrew Hall Cutler:
- Hair Test Interpretation: Finding Hidden Toxicities
- FB: Andy Cutler Chelation Think Tank
Dr. Cutler has a PhD in chemistry from Princeton University and has extensive study in biochemistry and medicine. He himself got mercury poisoning from amalgam fillings and created these books to provide guidance for detoxification.
Press Articles & News:
The Troubled History of PIP’s Implant Man in America **Implant manufacturers all operate in relatively similar ways and this article provides a glimpse of the dirty and corrupt business.
Breast Implant Toxicity – on the radio with Danielle Delaney & Alex Charfen
Breast implant illness conference – Texas (7/16/16)
News Segment on a lady with breast implant illness & saline implants
Monsters Inside of Me – Discovery Channel on saline implants with mold
Mold and Breast Implant Illness – The Doctors (TV show)
2017 – Important Year for Breast Implant News –
Breast implant illness gains nationwide coverage and becomes a movement:
‘I spent the last five years managing my health so my body could cope with these toxic bags’: Why more women are having their breast implants REMOVED following debilitating complications (Daily Mail Australia)
Source: Image is from BIVA