Should Women Have Breast Implants Removed?
It was a story with a bit of irony, as well as ominous health warnings. Crystal Hefner, the 30-year-old wife of Playboy magazine mogul Hugh Hefner, announced in a story in People magazine last month that she'd had her breast implants removed because they were making her sick. Hefner posted a photo of her post-surgery self on Instagram with the caption, "Using 2016 to reclaim my health and embrace and love myself for the real me." The former model, now a DJ, was diagnosed a few months back with Lyme disease. Her symptoms included intolerance to foods and beverages as well as back, neck, and shoulder pain. Hefner also suffered from cognitive dysfunction (brain fog, memory loss), stunted hair growth, fatigue, burning bladder pain, low immunity, and recurring infections and problems with her thyroid and adrenals. People on social media pointed out that her symptoms matched those of something called breast implant illness. Is the illness real? Because of her celebrity, Hefner's procedure was well-publicized. There are also plenty of articles and blogs advising women to not get the implants or to have them removed. However, doctors in the plastic surgery field suggest the connection between her symptoms and Hefner's implants -- almost 10 years old -- may not be well-grounded. "There are millions of women worldwide who have had breast implants for either reconstructive or cosmetic reasons, and the purported adverse health impacts are rarely reported," D...
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