There are many potential complications with breast implants, but mold is not a very common one (video below).
But that’s what happened to “Anne,” reports LittleThings. As a teenager, Anne was a model. She decided to get implants at age 20 because her breasts were uneven in size.
The FDA defines breast implants as “medical devices that are implanted under the breast tissue or under the chest muscle to increase breast size (augmentation) or to rebuild breast tissue after mastectomy or other damage to the breast (reconstruction).”
Two types of implants, saline-filled and silicone gel-filled, have been approved for sale in the U.S., the agency notes.
Anne was initially happy with her implants. However, six months later she began having a variety of mysterious health problems, including headaches, respiratory infections, joint pain and ovarian cysts, which led to a hysterectomy. Eventually, she lost the ability to speak.
Finally, a mammogram revealed that one of her implants had not only ruptured, but that it was growing mold -- the likely culprit of her many symptoms.
After having the implants removed, some of Anne’s symptoms improved and she regained the ability to speak. She continues to experience a variety of health issues, which she attributes to the mold poisoning caused by the implants.
Anne's story is a reminder that all women considering breast implants should be aware of the potential dangers.
Other complications include changes in nipple and breast sensation, rupture with deflation of saline-filled implants, rupture with or without symptoms (silent rupture) of silicone gel-filled implants, breast pain, additional surgeries, with or without removal of the device, and more, according to the FDA.