Breast Implants Out: Explant Surgery

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Victoria BeckhamOne of the latest personalities to have her breast implants removed is Australian hurdles champ, Jana Rawlinson, who decided her implants would hold her back from 2012 Olympic gold.

Jana, a former two-time world champ in the 2003 and 2007 400 meter hurdles, only had the implants for 14 months before, in her own words, “I’m  back to being as flat as a pancake.”

Dancers are another group of athletes that feel large breasts only get in their way.

Other celebrities have opted to go through explant surgery, the procedure to remove or replace breast implants.

For instance, former Spice girl, Victoria Beckham, had her large implants downsized during the summer of 2009. Victoria has a tiny frame and her implants just did not compliment her body.

O.C. Real Housewife Tamara Barney found she was having back pains due to her large implants so she had them replaced with a smaller set which also proved to be a pain in the back. At one point, Tamara was thinking she would lose the implants altogether.

New York City Real Housewife Jill Zarin reduced her implants from a 32 G to a 32D.

Some women having explant surgery, the procedure to remove implants, opt to have a breast lift (or mastopexy) at the same time.

Victoria Beckham without ImplantsAccording to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the average cost of implant removal in the U.S. is $2435. With 20,967 breast augmentation patients having explant surgery in 2008, about $51,044,485 was spent.

 (2008 is the most recent year for which statistics have been compiled. 2009 statistics will be released in March, 2010.)

The three most common reasons for breast implant removal include:

  • A change in size or shape
  • Implant leak
  • Capsular contracture, a type of internal scarring that hardens the implant and breast

Other famous women who had their breast implants removed or had a considerable reduction in implant size include:

  • Britney Spears
  • Demi Moore
  • Jenny McCartney
  • Courtney Love
  • Jenna Jameson
  • MTV’s Kacey Long
  • Denise Richards

(Read our previous post about how Denise Richards first got uncomfortably large breast implants, and then received even larger implants – due to bad communication with the plastic surgeon — before going just right for her size.)

admin @ February 5, 2010

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