Crystal Hefner had her breast implants removed after they began causing several health problems.
Hugh Hefner's wife took to social media to explain what was happening and to also share a new picture of herself at her regular breast size.
In explaining the process, she titled a blog post, "My Breast Implants Slowly Poisoned Me." She then listed many issues that she kept dealing with, including intolerance to foods and beverages, upper body and back pain, memory loss, burning bladder pain, and recurring infections, among other things.
"The mildest of those symptoms started a few years back. The aches, the bladder pain, brain fog, fatigue. I ignored it, labeling myself a hypochondriac, despite truly worrying that there was something wrong with me," she wrote on Facebook and Instagram. "I joked about losing my memory to age, and about getting 'lazy.' I began to cancel appointments and shoots because everything exhausted me. Before everything went downhill I was at the gym five days a week, and always shooting and working."
There were days when she couldn't get out of bed and was forced to miss work. Few, though, knew she was in so much pain. Her social media gave no indication that she was suffering because she posted spare photos that she had, but none of them new.
She then sought the help of a "holistic doctor" after she "became allergic to most every food, had intolerable pain, developed stomach issues and night sweats." She was then diagnosed with Lyme disease and toxic mold.
"I began to receive comments saying that my symptoms resembled 'Breast Implant Illness,'" she wrote, claiming that implants break down over time. "I found a Breast Implant Illness website and Facebook group with almost 3,000 members. My symptoms matched theirs."
It was then, in mid-June, that she decided to make a change and had her implants explanted. On Tuesday, she shared a photo that was taken right after the procedure.
"Instantly I noticed my neck and shoulder pain was gone and I could breathe much better. I know I won't feel 100% overnight," she said. "My implants took 8 years to make me this sick, so I know it will take time to feel better. I also have other illnesses to address, but with the toxic bags removed, my immune system can focus on what it needs to."
Being a part of the Playboy family, Crystal now worries that many of her friends, many of whom have implants, will experience the same thing she did at some point in the future.
She ended her lengthy and informative post by saying she hopes everyone "can benefit from what I have experienced."
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