Danica Patrick is urging others who are struggling with their breast implants to have them removed.
Former NASCAR driver she went under the knife in 2014 because she thought it would “bring my whole look together and make me feel more feminine and sexy.” However, it would not be until 2017 that the 40-year-old woman began to experience changes in her body, including weight gain, hair loss and fatigue, among others.
“I thought maybe my hormones were low,” Patrick said in this week’s issue of People magazine about his persistent symptoms.
Then a year later, one of her breasts became rock hard. The other soon followed.
“For so many years, I didn’t hug people hard because I didn’t feel like pushing these little balloons at them,” Patrick reflected. “Every time I was with a guy, I couldn’t help but think that they knew they were fake.”
“I went down a pretty deep rabbit hole,” he admitted. “I had all the tests that could be done.”
According to the outlet, it was not until early 2022 that the star saw various videos on social networks about breast implant disease. Symptoms of BII have been reported with all types of breast implants and can occur immediately after surgery or years later. The FDA noted that some of the most common symptoms associated with BII include brain fog, joint pain, anxiety, and hair loss.
The FDA has also identified a possible connection between breast implants and the development of breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL), a type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, the outlet revealed.
Patrick realized that his implants could be to blame for his ongoing health problems that just wouldn’t go away. In March of this year he decided to take them off. He said the results were instant.
“On a scale of one to 10, I’m probably a six right now,” he explained. “But now I take better care of myself than ever. Chasing perfection is a dead end. Learning to come home to yourself is a beautiful thing.”
Now she hopes her health journey will inspire others experiencing similar symptoms to do the same.
“Trust your intuition,” Patrick said. “Have them removed and see how you feel.”
In May of this year, Patrick told Fox News Digital that he wasn’t worried about facing the pressure. look a certain way after removing the implants.
“I think it was more of my own pressure early on about how I felt I should look,” Patrick said at the time. “I felt like I wanted to be more feminine. I wanted to have what, in my mind, felt like an ideal body. I wanted to have it all at a young age. I thought, ‘We’re going to get it all when you’ are young enough. In my mind I thought I was going to look more ideal. But taking them off felt more like freedom. I feel better about my body.”
“I feel like I look better, to be honest,” Patrick continued. “I know it sounds crazy, but it’s true. I’m glad they’re out. I feel more like myself. I can hug people and not have these implants in the way. I also can’t wait to do yoga again.” and not having to worry if they’re going to lie on the floor while I do these crazy cool poses. I won’t have to feel any of that weird stretch I felt before. I’m excited for everything to be natural again.”