A woman was appalled after she had her saline breast implants removed after 13 years and realized they were filled with what she alleged was mold.
TikToker Bunny Xo, a.k.a. @xomgitsbunnie, posted a video showing two of her implants that had “just been sitting” inside a Ziploc bag.
"Look at the mold," she told her 1.7 million viewers, referring to the light-brown stains in two of her implants seen in the video.
"No wonder why women are having so many complications with these things. It’s disgusting.”
The text overlay in the video read:
“I had implants in for 13 years. I started suffering so many symptoms that not one doctor could pinpoint."
"So I explanted in Nov 2020 & it was the best decision I ever made!"
"All symptoms went away, except anxiety sometimes.”TikTokers shared their observations in response to Bunnie's findings.
The Breast Implant Cancer Advocates noted there are risks involved with saline implants, as they are "prone to mold, yeast and bacteria growth."
"Deterioration or damage to the implant’s seal allows bacteria to grow inside the implant. This fluid can slowly leak out of the implant and spread throughout the body."
Some reminded Bunnie that implants are usually not meant to be permanent.
Bunnie later told viewers she had suffered from an affliction called, “Breast Implant Illness.”
According to Breastcancer.org, Breast Implant Illness (BIL) is a catch-all term used by women and doctors that covers wide-ranging symptoms–such as "chronic fatigue, joint and muscle pain, memory and concentration problems, breathing problems, sleep disturbance, rashes and skin problems, hair loss, and gastrointestinal problems"–as a result of undergoing reconstruction or cosmetic augmentation of breast implants.
The website stated that “Some people develop symptoms immediately, while some develop them years later," which makes it difficult for doctors to diagnose.
The alleged mold contributing to Bunnie's BIL is unclear since it is unknown whether the mold developed before or after the removal of her implants.
But there have been cases relating to her situation.
In 2014, a Florida woman named Anne Ziegenhorn claimed moldy implants resulted in memory impairment and weight gain.
In a 2015 article, the Daily Mail reported on Ziegenhorn, who was 44 at the time.
“Sores grew all over her body and she bruised easily," wrote the newspaper.
"She felt lethargic and tired all the time, and even speaking became difficult, as it hurt and her voice grew [hoarse] and raspy."
"For eight months, she couldn’t speak at all, communicating only via text message and Lightboard.”