‘My breast implants were making me sick’
KIMBERLY Husband feared her breast implants were slowly killing her, but medics thought she was a hypochondriac.
After four years of endless sickness, the mum of one might be $30,000 poorer but her implants are gone and she is finally feeling human.
In 2014, Ms Husband had Silimed silicone implants. Since then the TGA has put a hold on these implants.
"I went from being a fit and healthy young woman to someone who could barely walk or even think," the 36-year-old told The Courier-Mail.
"No one seemed to believe me and no one thought it could have anything to do with my breast implants.
"All I can tell you is that it has been three weeks since I had the implants removed and I feel great, I'm back to my old self."
Ms Husband felt she was too bottom heavy and wanted a boost to her breasts to give her a better balanced shape.
She felt fabulous for the first six months, then a litany of weird health ailments hit her one after the other - crippling headaches, severe tiredness, blurred vision, burst cysts in kneecaps, vertigo, brain fog, severe fluid retention, inflammation, sporadic deafness and loss of hair.
"At the beginning, I thought that maybe my chronic tiredness and headaches was to do with becoming a first-time mum," she said.
"But my mum, who was really starting to worry about me, found an article online about how a woman was feeling ill and it was her breast implants.
"That got me thinking. Eventually, I decided to have them out."
The implant surgery cost $7900 and it cost $12,800 for the removal operation.
Due to pain, Ms Husband also paid $4000 to a chiropractor, $1000 for physiotherapy, $1000 for scans, $800 for doctor appointments and hundreds on medicines.
In 2017, Australian researchers from Macquarie University found that higher surface area textured implants had shown significant increase in risk of anaplastic large cell lymphoma. One of the implants named was the polyurethane-coated texture manufactured by Silimed.
"The breast surgeon that removed the implants said there was no sign of cancer or bacteria and no rupture," Ms Husband said.
"I don't know why, but my body just did not approve of them."
Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgeons spokesman and former president John Flynn said there were times when women reported breast-implant-associated illness.
"There is no scientific evidence that support this, but it comes up," Dr Flynn said.
"My advice is if a woman is unhappy with her implants she should go back to her surgeon."
Expert's warning on breast implants
- If you don't need them, don't get them
- Large implants often need revision op
- Large implants can cause neck and shoulder pain
- Deep positioned small implants last longer
- Do your homework
- Check which implants are being probed by TGA
- Use only a reputable specialist plastic surgeon
Source: Dr Laith Barnouti, specialist plastic surgeon