Personal Stories

Breast Augmentation

Kacey Long
My story is featured on the MTV and in People Magazine. I received my saline breast implants when I was 19…

Chelsea C.
I was 38 years old in 2008 when I decided to get Mentor MemoryGel breast implants. Prior to receiving my implants I was the Vice President and Operator of a successful $3 million Special Events company. I was in very good health, only some typical allergies. I worked out at the gym 3-5 weekly, was very social in my community and traveled frequently…

Sharon Schwengler
In 2005, I had saline breast implants put in. Before my implants,I had ran3 marathons,4 half marathons, and many 5Ks. About 3-4 years after getting my implants, I got very sick. I could not work out anymore. My hair was falling out, I had memory problems, I had terrible fatigue, and aches and pains in my knees, hips, neck and back. I was bloated, had frequent fevers resulting in chills and shakes…

Beatrice Ring
In 2005, I wanted a minor nipple procedure, to correct a cosmetic problem caused by breastfeeding. Two surgeons advised implants. Dr. Minniti in Beverly Hills convinced me that the implants were safe and that once they were in, I would never have to worry about them for the rest of my life, unless of course I had a capsule, and in that case he’d break it, a minor office visit…

Susan Dorsey
I have always been very healthy and physically active. When I turned 40, in 1995, I had saline breast implant surgery. I enjoyed those implants for ten years. Then, in 2005, I decided to have them replaced for cosmetic reasons. I met with Dr. Kenneth Hagan, at Vanderbilt, who recommended that I enroll in the silicone implant trial there. I paid my $6,000 and enrolled…

Pete Dorsey
Susan and I have been together since 1999 and, until she became a participant in the silicone breast implant study, she was extremely healthy, physically active, very confident and a lot of fun to be around. In 2005, almost immediately after she had her existing saline breast implants replaced with silicone implants, her health, her life and my life began to change. Not only would Susan describe to me the unusual things that she was feeling, but I could definitely notice some of the changes taking place in her. She started complaining of things like dizziness, various joint pains, physical and mental anxieties, blurred vision and a host of other symptoms that were all new and that we did not understand the origin of at the time…

Karen D.
Five years ago I decided to have saline implants put in. My surgeon had very positive things to say about them and said they would last a lifetime unless I happened to get in a very bad car accident…

Mary McDonough
I was told that I would have more opportunities as an actress if I was sexier. And I was told that bigger breasts would make me sexier. I was advised to get breast implants, but I was reluctant…

Shirl
I’m a 29-year-old woman who got textured saline implants for cosmetic reasons. About a year later, the problems started. I was so fatigued that I couldn’t even get myself something to eat and soon found myself out of work…

Susan Helman
My implants ruptured and have been removed. However, I still have platinum and silicone that has crystallized in my saliva, my mucous, urine, and blood. My eyes, ears and nose also ooze crystallized platinum and silicone. As a direct result from the chemicals and heavy metals used to manufacture silicone gel breast implants, I suffer daily with the symptoms of M.S, lupus, visual problems, fibromyalgia….

Jane Thompson
After 16 years with my textured McGhan saline breast implants, I switched to Allergan’s new cohesive silicone gel breast implants last July. Almost immediately I began to feel quite ill. I had extreme fatigue, numbness and tingling, nausea, dizziness, heart palpitations, hair loss, depression, severe insomnia, ringing ears, weakness, stomach/headaches and anxiety…

Breast Cancer Reconstruction

Judy McCaul
In September 2007, I had a double mastectomy. I had been scheduled to have my thyroid removed at the time I found my lump, but that was obviously postponed. About six months later, my plastic surgeon recommended silicone breast implants…

Karen Mackenzie
I had a double mastectomy when I was 30 years old. This was after I had to endure 9 operations to remove various lumps caused by abnormal cells in my breasts. A few months later, I had silicone gel breast implants inserted…

Carol Remshard
I got a breast implant to replace the breast I lost to cancer. The implant was fine for about a dozen years, ….

Beth
After having my last child, a whopping 9 + pounder (C-section), I decided to get my stomach fixed. During my consultation I also asked about breast augmentation.

Carolyn Wolf
After my mastectomies, I had reconstruction with the newest, best silicone implants, that were safe and would last my lifetime….

Kathy Nye
I would like to relate my story of “new and improved” silicone breast implants. My first experience was when I was 22 years old and had a bilateral mastectomy.

Judy Kemecsei
Three months ago I started to feel a lot of pain in my chest, burning and having a hard time breathing, and numbness and pain down my arms. I was always very fatigued, had to stop exercising, and going to work was very difficult.

Rose
After I remarried in 1990, I thought I needed to look younger, so I opted to get silicone breast implants

Patty Faussett
Only a little more than two and a half years ago, I had a normal life, and I was completely happy and healthy. I hadn’t missed a day of work due to illness for over 10 years. Shortly after getting saline implants, my life was turned upside down…

Anne Stansell
I am a breast cancer survivor. I was diagnosed at the age of 39. The doctor said I needed mastectomies, radiation therapy, and breast implants.

Pam Noonan-Saraceni
I was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a radical mastectomy. I was just 25 years old at the time…

Wanda Shatley
I was diagnosed with a precancerous tumor in 1987, and after a lumpectomy I used McGhan silicone gel implants…

Melinda Cloud
I was a young model and was adamantly advised to have breast augmentation by a physician. He said I was much too young to have such ptotic [droopy] breasts. I also had many cysts. The doctor told me that the solution was to have my breasts replaced…

Eileen Swanson
I was diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer… after which I had a modified radical mastectomy. I opted for saline-filled, because by then there was some talk of silicone gel-filled implants leaking…