Crystal Hefner—Playboy model and wife of Hugh—wrote on Tuesday night about having her breast implants removed. She undid the breast augmentation procedure not because Hef is over them, but because they were affecting her health.
The model learned that she suffered from Breast Implant Illness after suffering a variety of terrible symptoms including bladder pain, memory loss, and incapacitating fatigue.
Hefner's symptoms rose to the level of interrupting her life, and damaging her career:
I had to miss my Summer DJ residency at my favorite Vegas spot, the Rehab pool at The Hard Rock Hotel. The fatigue was so severe that I could barely leave the house or drive. I was afraid to get up there in front of a crowd and go blank with brain fog.
While she was suffering from the illness, Hefner tried to keep up a facade of normalcy by staying active on social media, using a backlog of photos:
I had a bunch of spare photos that have enabled me to stay active on social media for the last six months. I’ve tried to keep a facade of normalcy while working to figure out what was going on with my body.
Hefner was first diagnosed with Lyme disease and toxic mold, and it was through social media that she first learned about Breast Implant Illness:
I found a Breast Implant Illness website and Facebook group with almost 3,000 members. My symptoms matched theirs.
Over time, implants (both silicone and saline) break down and wreak havoc on your body. The shell on silicone and saline implants is comprised of silicone and over 40 other toxic chemicals: tin, zinc, cadmium, mercury, arsenic, formaldehyde and talc to name a few. Your immune system is constantly fighting them, leaving you vulnerable to other illnesses.
Hefner explained that the life span for breast implants is usually between 8 to 10 years, and then they start breaking down. She then did what she had to do:
Breast implant removal surgery is now the 10th most performed surgery in the United States. Breast implants aren’t as popular as they once were and I’m happy to see that.
I explanted with Dr Lu-Jean Feng on June 15th, 2016. I believe she is the best in the country at what she does. Instantly I noticed my neck and shoulder pain was gone and I could breathe much better. I know I won't feel 100% overnight. 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.
She ends her candid post on a call to action for people with implants, and to use her story as a cautionary tale:
If you know anyone with implants (breast, buttock, or any other type) who hasn't felt well, (low thyroid, fibromyalgia, food intolerance, immune disorders, insomnia, fatigue, aches, pains, anxiety, brain fog) please let them know that Implant Illness is real and could be the problem.
Many of my friends have implants. I worry for their health and hope that they, and everyone, can benefit from what I have experienced.
Good for Hefner for taking the steps to get well, and using her experience to help people. Here's hoping Hugh was a supportive husband and is available to help nurse her back to health.