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 For Health Research)
Breast Implant Illnesses: What’s the Evidence? (National Center For Health Research)
Safety – Junk Science, ‘New’ Cohesive Gel, and Toxicity for Silicone and Saline Implants
Breast Implants and Cancer (BIA-ALCL) and BIAALCL.com
Dr. Myhill –
Silicone Breast Implants and Injections
Chemical Poisoning – Diagnosis
Dr. Urzola –
Breast Implant Illness
“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.” (2017)
Dr. Feng –
Breast Implant Removal: Basics I
Topic: Linda L. Haas, Feng Clinic CEO, answers basic scheduling questions from patients who have just started researching breast implant removal. Videos: Part I and Part II.
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
Topics: the aesthetics of the breast, muscle repair, mastopexies or breast lifts, fat transfer and who is a candidate. Video and Transcript.
Breast Implant Removal IV: Detoxification
Topic: An in-depth discussion of detoxification before and after breast implant removal. Video.
Will I recover from breast implant illness without lymph node removal? (Video)
Is There A Connection Between Lyme Disease and Breast Implant Illness? (Video)
MTHFR and breast implants (Video)
Dr. Feng Webinars I-IV and YouTube Channel
Research articles and studies
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 –
If something is of use to women affected by breast implant illness, it will be provided on this website regardless of politics.
Doctors, are you listening?
Silicone Immune Treatment Protocol
Inositol for Silicone Detoxification Provided by Dr. Douglas Shanklin
Videos: Dr. Susan Kolb discusses silicone breast implants and saline breast implants
Book: The Naked Truth About Breast Implants: From Harm to Healing
Note: There are currently four pending medical malpractice lawsuits filed against this plastic surgeon.
Dr. Blais –
Truth on ‘Cohesive’ Gel Implant
Technology and composition of silicone breast implants
How do implants rupture and cause injury
Testimony to the FDA (2000)
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 –
Case Report: Silicone is not fun in the sun (2018)
ASIA vs. the mechanisms of silicone toxicity (2017)
Vague Syndromes (2017)
Mechanisms of Breast Implant Toxicity (2017)
Autoinflammatory Syndrome Induced by Adjuvants (ASIA) Syndrome is Misguided (2017)
Destiny rides again: the reappearance of silicone gel-filled breast implant toxicity (2017)
Breast Implant Toxicity (2016)
Bones, Groans, and Silicone (2012)
Amelioration of Systemic Disease after Removal of Silicone Gel-filled Breast Implants (2000)
Silicon and matrix macromolecules: new research opportunities for old diseases from analysis of potential mechanisms of breast implant toxicity (1998)
Chronology of systemic disease development in 300 symptomatic recipients of silicone gel-filled breast implants (1996)
Clinical features of local breast phenomena in 300 symptomatic recipients of silicone gel-filled breast implants (1996)
Doctors Speak Out –
Dr. Bernard Patten, Dr. Al Levin, Dr. Robert Goldwyn,
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
Silicone Toxicity and Detoxification – Dr. Jennings
Immune Response to Silicone (skip to 5:38 for the effects on children)
Dr. Urzola’s Live Feed on Breast Implant Illness (2017)
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).
Breast Implant Petition
Request FDA Hearing
Medical Device Safety Act H.R. 2164
Dr. Victor Urzola’s Breast Implant Illness Data Collection Database
Dr. Yehuda Shoenfeld’s ASIA survey
PIP Implants Survey – if you have or had PIP, please fill out this survey
Concerns for estrogenicy of silicone breast implants
Allergan manufacturing patent
Method of making textured surface implants patent (Mentor)
UK MHRA PIP Implant Ingredient Analyses
Dr. Harbut response to FDA on platinum toxicity
Dr. Maharaj and Dr. Lykissa responses to FDA on platinum toxicity
Facebook Support Groups:
US: Breast Implant Illness – The Ticking Time Bomb
Breast Implant Illness and Breast Cancer Survivors Home
Canada: Breast Implant Failure and Illness – Canada
Australia: Breast Implant Illness – (Australia & New Zealand) Healing and Support
UK: UK Breast Implant Illness and Healing Support Group
ALCL: ALCL in Women with Breast Implants (BIA-ALCL)
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:
The Naked Truth // My Life with Breast Implants
Alex Chafen – Breast Implants, a Husband’s Perspective
Andrea Conti Cowder (Video and BII Story)
Pursuing Explantation – My path to health after breast implant illness
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.
The faces of breast implant illness – Video
Jamee Cook –
Pursuing Explantation – My path to health after breast implant illness
YouTube channel on breast implant illness
Ireland FB Group: PIP Ireland
Italy FB Page: Protesi PIP and Blog
Switzerland: Informationen zu Brustimplantaten
Venezuela FB Group: Protesis Mamarias PIP
Brasil: Breast Implants Illness (Doença Prótese Mamária) Brasil
Singapore FB Page: Implant Illness and Detox Singapore
South Africa: Breast Implant Illness – South Africa
Breast Implant Illness Websites:
Breast Implant Victim Advocacy (BIVA)
Breast Implant Failure
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)
Life Since Explant Club
Reversing Breast Implant Illness
Healing Breast Implant Illness
Discover Breast Implant Illness
Prothese Mammaire Danger
Fake Breasts Real Women
Breast implant illness websites and forums have been around since the late 90s and early 2000s:
Silicone Poison Report
Implant Information Network (founded in 2004)
Breast Implant Awareness – Humantics Foundation (founded in 2001)
Silicone Implants Survivors (forum since around 1999) and PS List
Silicone Hypersensitivity (owner passed away)
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:
Allergan Natrelle Silicone & Allergan Silicone Timeline
Allergan Natrelle 410 Cohesive Anatomical Silicone & Allergan Silicone Timeline
Mentor MemoryGel Silicone & Mentor Silicone Timeline
Mentor MemoryShape Silicone & Mentor Silicone Timeline
Sientra Silicone & FDA Timeline
Allergan Natrelle Saline & Saline Timeline
Mentor Saline & Saline Timeline
Ideal Saline & Saline Timeline
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:
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.
Movies: Two Small Voices, Breast Men, Absolutely Safe
Press Articles & News:
Crystal Hefner Removes Breast Implants, Says They ‘Slowly Poisoned’ Her
Mother feels she is dying after her 32E breast implants ‘poisoned’ her
Dr. Britta Ostermeyer testifies to FDA in 2000 on the dangers of silicone breast implants.
Safety of breast implants under review in South Korea after silicone gel found in breast milk
FDA panels put silicone breast implants back under microscope (2011)
The silicone implant scandal (2012)
Breast Implants: America’s Silent Epidemic
Breast Implant Illness by Maya
Sara-Jane Fitness Cover Story
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.
The “Dark” Side of Silicone Breast Implants
Toxic Moldy Breast Implants
Breast Implant Toxicity – on the radio with Danielle Delaney & Alex Charfen
The Ill Effects of Breast Implants
Why are celebrities removing their breast implants?
Explant Breast Surgery: Why women are getting their breast implants removed
Devoted mother-of-four dies from heart failure after implants trigger dormant TB
46 cases of ALCL diagnosed in Australia & New Zealand
Australia’s health regulator has confirmed that women with breast implants have a much higher risk of cancer (7 News Sydney – Video)
Patients accuse breast implant manufacturer of fraud (2016 – Allergan)
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:
French court says German firm must compensate for faulty breast implants
Woman who beat breast cancer once says breast implants caused cancer again
Johnson & Johnson Unit Sued Over Leaking Breast Implants
Johnson & Johnson, Mentor Worldwide LLC Senior staff target Support Groups
Former Playboy Models Get Their Breast Implants Removed Believing They Caused Illness
Mother-of-two is left with ROTTING breasts after silicone implants leaked into her blood stream – as cosmetic procedures fall to a ten-year low in the UK
Can implants kill you?
Phoenix Valley women speak out on breast implant illness: ‘I just had to get them out’
Doctor’s Breast Implant Illness Denial Elicits Strong Response
Breast Implants Cause Rare Form of Cancer, FDA says
9 deaths linked to rare cancer form breast implants
In the News: Breast Implants Linked to Rare Cancer (Diana Zuckerman)
Former Women’s IFBB Pro Jackie Paisley dies after long battle with illness (silicone toxicity)
Breast Implant Survey Suggests Doctors Divided on Safety
Nicola Robinson’s Deepest Regret (silicone breast implants)
Breast Implant Illness + 6 Other Breast Implant Dangers (Dr. Axe)
Playboy Models Claim Implants Caused Health Problems (The Doctors, show)
Former Playmate of the Year on removing breast implants: ‘I literally thought I was dying’ (AZ Family News)
Women complain that their breast implants made them sick (West Palm Beach – WPTV News)
Her Hidden Dangers (Illinois – 23WIFR News)
Breast implant patient’s life ‘could have been saved’ – Hairdresser Kandi du Cros died after breast implant operation flared up rare existing disease (BBC News)
2 Massachusetts Women, Thousands Nationwide Say Breast Implants Made Them Sick (CBS Boston News)
Women concerned about implants after learning they may be linked to rare cancer (Fox 59 Indianapolis News)
Caldwell woman diagnosed with cancer from her breast implants, insurance won’t pay to remove them (KIVI 6 On Your Side – ABC Idaho)
A Shocking Diagnosis: Breast Implants ‘Gave Me Cancer’ (NY Times)
DeLauro Statement on Breast Implants Connected to Lymphoma (United States Representative Rosa DeLauro)
Swedish breast implant illness news story: Johanna, 31, varnar andra: “Implantaten gjorde mig jättesjuk”
Danish: Johanna fik opereret brysterne større – aldrig har hun fortrudt noget så meget
Woman reveals danger of implants, horror of lawsuits – silicone poisoning brings on 20 year suit with Dow Chemicals (UB Media Biz)
Conflict of Interest: The FDA & Big Pharma – Does the FDA Work for Big Pharma? (Drug Watch)
Breast prostheses: For a national registry of complications (Dr. José Budo)
Colorado women claim breast implants made them sick (Denver 7 News)
Did breast implants make Valley woman sick? (ABC15 Arizona)
9 Investigates health concerns with silicone breast implants (WFTV9 Orlando, FL)
Brit Boob Implant Cancer Bombshell – Two breast surgery patients die from a ‘bombshell’ cancer linked to implants
Rare cancer reignites debate over breast implants’ safety
Silicone Breast Implants are back – This Time the Issue is Cancer
Sydney mother’s dire warning after breast implants almost ruined her life. (Australia News)
Dr. Robert Whitfield MD, FACS describes breast implant-related illness (The Plastic Surgery Channel)
The Explant Phenomenon (Huffington News)
Former ‘Playboy’ playmates have ‘toxic’ breast implants removed after they make them sick (Inside Edition)
Women say breast implants caused unexplained illness for years (WSB-TV Atlanta, GA)
Why scores of women are having their implants removed (Tucson News, AZ)
More Canadian women having their breast implants removed, surgeons say (CTV News)
Women battling illness after breast implants urge awareness, education (CBS Miami)
The breast implants that may be linked to blood cancer: Linzy was baffled by her symptoms but doctors solved the mystery in time for her to make a full recovery (Daily Mail UK)
South Florida Woman: Breast implants ruined my life (West Palm Beach – WPTV News)
CBS 5 Investigates: Chemist claims breast implants make some women sick (CBS Arizona)
Why Kiwi women are getting their breast implants removed (New Zealand)
‘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)
Facing unexplainable symptoms, metro women argue silicone breast implants made them sick (Fox 4 Kansas)
Arkansas women want doctors, FDA to recognize seriousness of ‘Breast Implant Illness’ (THV11 Arkansas)
My breast implants were killing me – how I took my life back (Elephant Journal)
Calls to ban textured breast implants after two die and 23 develop same type of cancer (My Vue News – UK)
Kiwi woman says seven-year illness caused by breast implants (Stuff – New Zealand)
Perth mum Ricci Jess reveals painful truth behind fake boobs (Perth Now – Australia)
Explants: breast implants removal surgery grows among Perth women (Perth Now – Australia)
My breast implants nearly destroyed my life: how S Club 7’s Hannah Spearritt was left in agony following the boob job she craved (Daily Mail UK)
After 17 years with breast implants, Princeton woman leads calls for more education, safety (WFAA 8 ABC – North Texas)
Mount Pleasant woman says breast implants caused serious health problems (4News – Mount Pleasant, South Carolina)
Breast Implant Illness: What we don’t know can hurt us (Swaay)
Glamour model who got a boob job at 18 shares her plastic surgery nightmare that destroyed her kidneys and has left her on dialysis (Daily Mail Australia)
Facing health issues, Georgia woman has breast implants removed (Fox5 – Atlanta, Georgia)
Breast Implant Illness: Two metro women say implants caused years of complications (13 WHOtv – Iowa)
Breast Implant Illness: Woman claims implants made her sick (7 WJHG – Panama City Beach, Florida)
Former local 4 reporter says breast implants caused years of chronic fatigue, depression, hair loss (Click On Detroit – Michigan)
Auckland woman ‘s painful lesson about the dangers of breast implants (News Hub – NZ)
What this yoga teacher learned from her mistake with breast implants (Charlotte Five)
Biocell textured breast implants under scrutiny as women complain of pain (CBC – Canada)
Breast implants reveal problems in tracking device safety (AP News)
Breast Implant Injuries Kept Hidden As New Health Threats Surface (ICIJ)
Under the skin of ICIJ’s Implant Files (ICIJ)
Breast implants study reveals serious safety concerns (The Guardian)
The Implant Files reveal how breast implants linked to rare cancer set off alarm bells (ABC – Australia)
The Implant Files: Faulty breast implants leave women in limbo (Financial Review – Australia)
Bare dager etter at hun opererte inn silikon i brystet, merket Karin Wenke Osthaug at noe var galt (Aftenpolten – Norway)
Cancer lié aux prothèses mammaires (LAGC) : l’inertie des autorités sanitaires (France Culture)
Temor, burocracia y dolor: hablan tres argentinas damnificadas por implantes mamarios (Perfil – Argentina)
British women are hit by new breast implant cancer scare seven years after PIP scandal as concerns grow over most commonly-used implant banned in France but still allowed in UK (Daily Mail – UK)
Rare form of Blood Cancer Linked to Certain Type of Breast Implants Used by Thousands of Women (People)
Breast Implants May Increase Your Risk of A Rare Type Of Cancer (Women’s Health)
Some medical devices deemed unsafe in other nations still sold in U.S. (NBC News)
Breast-implant-related complications, including cancer, kept secret thanks to broken reporting system (The Star)
My Breast Implants Made Me Sick – and Nobody Believed Me (Cosmopolitan)
Hidden dangers: patients, doctors not informed of defective implants (ICIJ)
Many Women Getting Breast Implants Removed In Light Of Health Concerns (CBS Philly)
Source: Image is from BIVA