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First Ever Men's Fitness Cover-Girl Reveals She Had To Get Breast Implants Removed

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Mar. 7 2017, Updated 7:07 p.m. ET

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As a model and fitness personality, Karen McDougal has built a career off her enviable body, but after a decade of mysterious illnesses, she finally realized her beauty had come at a frightening cost!

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In an exclusive interview with , Karen revealed that eight years after getting breast implants, she began experiencing a series of scary ailments, including “thyroid issues, fatigue, and severe allergies.”

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At first, Karen thought her sudden and unexplainable issues were simply the result of aging, but in January 2016, things grew worse when she started having migraines, blurred vision, noise sensitivity, and was blacking out multiple times a day.

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By October, she was bedridden. “I truly thought I was dying,” she said. While doctors insisted she was fine, a friend suggested Karen’s breast implants may be to blame.

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“I blew him off—it seemed so crazy,” she admitted. Still, Karen did some research, and discovered a frightening reality, Breast Implant Illness, which affects thousands of people.

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She soon turned to Dr. David Rankin of Aqua Plastic Surgery in Jupiter, FL, to remove her implants, and immediately, her health improved. “I wasn’t dizzy, no migraines, no noise sensitivity—it felt like a miracle,” she said.

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A month later, Karen admits she misses her old self but knows her health is worth the adjustment. “Hey, small boobs and bralettes are having a moment,” she said with a smile. "I’m totally in fashion!”

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