Danica Patrick talks breast implant removal recovery: 'Healing is not linear'

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Danica Patrick is getting candid about her on-going recovery after getting her breast implants removed. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
Danica Patrick is getting candid about her on-going recovery after getting her breast implants removed. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

Danica Patrick is getting candid about her post-breast implant removal healing journey.

On Wednesday, the 40-year-old former NASCAR driver let fans in on her recovery since undergoing implant removal surgery in April. She paired a carousel of photos showing off a few healing methods she has been using, including cupping, fascia blasting, shock wave therapy, hyperthermic ozone, carbonic acid transdermal therapy and a "FLOWpresso suit."

Patrick paired her post with a lengthy and detailed caption updating fans on her progress.

"Healing is not linear. I want to continue to show you guys what I am up to to get fully functioning from not only BII and my implant removal 3 months ago, but a life that was all 'go, go, go, go' and not enough rest and recovery. I literally and figuratively went 200 mph for 15 years," she wrote to her more than 800,000 followers. "From the last 24 hours. Pictured is: cupping, fascia blasting, shock wave therapy, HOCATT (hyperthermic ozone and carbonic acid transdermal therapy) and a FLOWpresso suit. All of this is to improve the lymphatic drainage system, detox metals and toxins, and get the tissues moving properly."

Patrick explained that she is trying not to rush the healing process, because while she has seen some improvement, sometimes it feels like her recovery is regressing.

"I have waves of feeling like my body is healing then it goes backward. I knew this was a possible scenario. However a guaranteed scenario is, I will f—king figure it all out. With just enough patience to not force and move through it as quickly as humanly possible. Because I do like to do everything fast," she shared.

"I have many many tests coming in including Dutch, stool, DNA and blood panel. My Dutch test (hormone test) review was yesterday and showed a lot to work on!" she began, before listing her results.

"Low estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. Testosterone is slightly up from last year. Low cortisol all day (but compared to last year it has a normal pattern of rising in the morning instead of the middle of the night), which is most likely due to my adrenal fatigue," she explained. "DHEA production is good, but low DHEA-S. The free form showing the actual amount I make available. Low methylation, which is the mechanism responsible for cellular and toxin clean-up. Low melatonin, probably due to toxins in the brain since the pineal gland does not have a blood-brain barrier for protection and that’s where melatonin is produced."

"Tonight I am reviewing a bada— DNA test that apparently can even show what my personality is like!" she wrote. "Additionally, it will also show how predisposed my body was to having a negative reaction to the implants! Stay tuned!"

The former professional racing driver got her breast implants removed in April after claiming they were causing her to experience a range of symptoms. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
The former professional racing driver got her breast implants removed in April after claiming they were causing her to experience a range of symptoms. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)

Fans quickly met Patrick's post with supportive messages and well-wishes.

"You are so amazing and we are all so grateful for your authentic reflections on this super important healing topic. Cheering you on always! Love you, babes. You’re such a gift to this world. Praying for your full and complete recovery," one person commented.

Another added: "Thanks for sharing. It’s all going to come together. Full healing."

"You're amazing! Keep it up!" someone else chimed in.

"Do whatever you have to do to heal. Pulling for you!" wrote another.

One person commented: "Thanks for sharing! Stay strong. You got this!"

In April, Patrick revealed that she was experiencing symptoms of hypothyroidism, hair loss, low estrogen levels, weight gain and gut imbalances due to her breast implants and opted to have them removed.

"I started feeling better within hours after surgery," she told Fox News at the time."If you put something in your body that's not natural, your body is going to protect itself. Your body will form scar tissue around it to protect you from it."

"And that's called a capsule. My implants produced a lot of capsules. They seemed soft enough for the first couple of years, but then they hardened up more," she recalled, adding that her body was continuing to try and "protect" itself from the implants.

"The doctor said ... my scar tissue capsules were both folded inside the implant," Patrick said. "They had shrunk up so much from so much scar tissue forming that they were deformed."

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