I hated my saggy breasts I got a £1.5k boob job – then it turned out they were POISONING my body… I'm warning others
A WOMAN whose body started "fighting off" her silicone implants has issued a stark warning to anyone considering a boob job – saying "don't do it".
In 2015, Vanessa Paula, 38, was plagued by pain and "twinges" in her chest, making it impossible for her to sleep.
The mum had decided to have a breast augmentation in 2006 after breastfeeding her son saw her develop excess skin, which left Vanessa feeling "ashamed".
She paid just over £1,500 for the surgery and at first was thrilled with the look.
But a few years down the line, horrific pain developed in her body and the mum went to her doctor for help.
"I breastfed for eight months, my breasts grew a lot and when I stopped breastfeeding my son, the milk dried up and I had a lot of excess skin, very droopy," she said.
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"I was very ashamed to take off my bra and look in the mirror, I even slept in a bra."
Vanessa, who is from Brazil but lives in Portugal, says not much was known about breast implant illness at the time, so she was left shocked when her doctor told her to get the implants removed immediately – because they were slowly poisoning her body.
The therapist also had to shell out nearly £4,000 for the explant operation.
She said: “Before removing the silicone, I felt a lot of twinges in my breasts.
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"I barely slept from the pain.
"After several tests, the doctor told me that I needed to have my silicone removed urgently.
"My body was fighting me and was creating an autoimmune disease, expelling the silicone, which could have dangerous consequences.
"At the time, I lived in Angola, where breast implant illness wasn't widely known about – it wasn't until a few years later that I found out that the symptoms were specifically due to the implants and that my body was rejecting them.
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"The withdrawal process was quite shocking."
Vanessa spent two months recovering and was left with big scars across her breasts, which took her a long time to adjust to.
Some days, she "barely wanted to look in the mirror", with the mum going from wearing large to extra-small bras.
But the therapist has learned to embrace her new body and now proudly shows off the scars.
She is also issuing a stark warning to other women who want bigger breasts, telling them not to do it.
The holistic therapist said: “It took months for me to get over the shock.
"But I realised that I needed to love myself the way I was, so I could move on.
"Because of that, I had to learn to love myself inside and out in a new way and it was a difficult and complicated process.
"Sometimes I barely wanted to look in the mirror and I hated my scars.
"Today, after a long time of learning and a healing process, I have done a photoshoot to show my scars and inspire other women who are going through this.
"We are much more than our breasts and how they appear, we need to remember that."
Breast Implant Illness, BII, may develop after having breast implants, but it is not a recognised condition.
Symptoms include joint and muscle pain, fatigue, breathing problems, mental health issues and more.
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