Why more women no longer embrace breast implant


Kathryn Palacios (file photo)

‘I literally wanted to rip my implants out’

By Valentine Amanze

Models and prominent women worldwide are shunning breast implants, which they used to enlarge the breasts and make them more attractive to the public.

In fact, many women with the implants are rushing to their surgeons for the removal of the stud from their breasts because of health implications.

Breast implants are one of the most popular cosmetic procedures — making it into the top-five list of cosmetic surgeries in 2020, even with a pandemic-related decline — promising fuller and bigger breasts, sought after by those who desire a more “feminine” appearance, according to Yahoo Life.

Victoria Beckam

But while in search of such affirming aesthetics, many women have found themselves incredibly ill due to their implants.

Celebrities such as Victoria Beckham and Danica Patrick have been vocal about their decisions to explant — meaning to have their breast implants removed — citing chronic fatigue, pain and tenderness as just some of the many symptoms that pushed them to make the move. And they’re not alone: In 2020, 36,367 breast explant procedures were performed in the U.S., according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (as opposed to 193,073 breast augmentations that year — a 33 per cent decrease from 2019 — along with 137,808 post-mastectomy reconstructive implant surgeries).

Also, according to RealSelf, a healthcare marketplace where users can research cosmetic procedures, searches for “breast implant removal” increased 197 per cent from 2020 to 2021 and are currently tracking 75 per cent over last year’s volume, a representative for RealSelf tells Yahoo Life.

“With more local and A-list celebrities having their breast implants removed, and being vocal about it on TikTok, Instagram, Facebook, [women] can say, ‘OK, I know her, she’s gorgeous, she looks great. She had her implants out. I’ve been dying to get my implants out,'” plastic surgeon Joshua Lampert tells Yahoo Life about how social media has fostered a community of reassurance for women interested in explanting.




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