“My Breast Implants Slowly Poisoned Me,” she began her lengthy Instagram caption. She went on to list some of the painful symptoms she received as a result of her boob job.
“Intolerance to foods and beverages, unexplained back pain, constant neck and shoulder pain, cognitive dysfunction (brain fog, memory loss), stunted hair growth, incapacitating fatigue, burning bladder pain, low immunity, recurring infections and problems with my thyroid and adrenals,” she wrote.
Hefner went on to explain to her followers that her negative side effects have been going on for years.
“I ignored it, labeling myself a hypochondriac, despite truly worrying that there was something wrong with me,” she wrote. “I joked about losing my memory to age, and about getting ‘lazy.’”
Eventually, the symptoms cost the model some work.
“I began to cancel appointments and shoots because everything exhausted me,” she said. “I’ve had days in 2016 when I couldn’t get out of bed. I’ve felt such despair knowing life was happening all around me but I couldn’t participate.”
Hefner even admitted to faking her social media presence, posting old photos for the last six months to stay active with her followers.
“I’ve tried to keep a façade of normalcy while working to figure out what was going on with my body,” she wrote.
Surprisingly, it was one illness that led to the discovery of her true problem. After she announced she suffered from Lyme disease and toxic mold back in March, commenters said her symptoms were similar to those suffering with Breast Implant Illness.
After consulting with doctors, Hefner learned that she was, in fact, suffering from the illness and had her implants removed.
“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 continued. “Breast implants aren’t as popular as they once were and I’m happy to see that.”