As a fitness professional, Ali can sense the slightest shift in her body, which is why she knew something was off mere months after she got her breast implants. Fatigue, inflammation, weight gain and lowered immunity are amongst the breast implant illness symptoms that she suffered from. Not even three years after getting her implants, Ali decided enough was enough. She needed to remove the toxic bags that were causing her so much pain and discomfort.
Tell us about your explant journey.
As a fitness professional, I am pretty in tune with my body, so literally within a few months of having implants, I noticed things starting to go sideways. The biggest indicator was the puffy/inflamed look I acquired. I had a major speaking engagement eight months after surgery, and I could not lose weight no matter what I did. I even tried all the extreme stuff. Fast forward another year, and I noticed all my bloodwork going wacky. I did labs every couple of months just for fun, and it became comical how crazy things were showing up. Then the fatigue was 24/7, the brain fog, the low energy, the GI issues. Rampant. I ended up having a parasite, followed by heavy metal toxicity, followed by a gallstone, and just weird things with my health. I was lucky to have two practitioners who said it might be my implants, but we should try everything first to combat all these health issues. Nothing worked, and at not even three years, I decided to get surgery. Within eight weeks my bloodwork went back to where it was pre-surgery. My energy came back, I was able to drop body fat more easily, eat more foods I once didn't tolerate and sever my relationship with the Adderall and Benadryl cycle. I have never felt better in my entire life.
What type of implants did you have?
What surgeon did you explant with?
When did you begin to experience symptoms?
Within a couple of months.
What symptoms did you have?
Inflammation that looked like weight gain
Actual weight gain
How did breast implants impact your life?
It was fun for a few weeks, and then I hated them. As an athlete with a small chest, I started to miss having a small chest. I LOVE going without a bra. I couldn't wait to get them out
What was surgery like for you?
Easy, no pain killers needed. Took one Tylenol once because my Fiancé made me lol. I did have tremendous fatigue for about six weeks, but he scraped a lot of tissue off.
How are you doing now, after explant?
What would you like women who are considering explant to know?
You may or may not end up with issues, but do your research.