Patient Janelle: Why I had my breast implants removed after 22 years


October 11th, 2022

31 mins 43 secs

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About this Episode

Twenty-two years ago at the age of 22, Janelle got her first set of saline breast implants and she was ecstatic. Right on schedule, ten years later she had them replaced with silicone gel.

Janelle loved how she looked with breast implants, but in 2018 she began experiencing a collection of unusual symptoms including extreme fatigue, dry eyes, dry mouth, and other miserable things.

Suspecting that the breast implants might be the cause, she shared her symptoms on Instagram and received a flurry of messages from women with similar issues, leading to real conversations with others who had explanted. At this point, she knew immediately that the implants needed to come out.

Hear why Janelle chose Dr. Swistun before she even met him in person, and the dramatic difference she noticed in her body waking up from surgery.


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