After breastfeeding her two children for 18 months each, the supermodel decided to discreetly go under the knife to correct what she felt were smaller, uneven breasts than she had pre-baby.
“I was always praised for my body, and I felt like people had expectations from me that I couldn’t deliver,” Bündchen told PEOPLE. “I felt very vulnerable, because I can work out, I can eat healthy, but I can’t change the fact that both of my kids enjoyed the left boob more than the right. All I wanted was for them to be even and for people to stop commenting on it.”
But in her memoir, Lessons: My Path to a Meaningful Life, the supermodel said she instantly regretted the move.
“When I woke up, I was like, ‘What have I done?’ I felt like I was living in a body I didn’t recognize,” she said. “For the first year I wore [baggy] clothes because I felt uncomfortable.”
The actress has gone natural! After removing her breast implants in 2015, a decision she deems “one of the smartest things I’ve ever done,” Gilbert continued to stay on the natural track, eventually giving up on Botox and dyeing her hair, as well.
Her perspective on aging changed when she fell in love with her husband Timothy Busfield. “Through his inspiration I found the courage to just be me,” she said. She decided to “age gracefully and appropriately and let my body and my face become whatever they are going to become.”
Gilbert also had her implants removed because she worried about them leaking as she got older. “What am I going to do when I’m in my 80s and I have to have a hip replacement but I also have my breast implants replaced? Because it’s inevitable, they have a life span. So I wanted them out.”
The wife of late Playboy founder Hugh Hefner underwent surgery in June 2016 to remove her 8-year-old breast implants after claiming they caused her aches, bladder pain, brain fog and fatigue. The model and deejay took to her Facebook page to explain her health status, which she said was deeply affected due to the implants that were “slowly poisoning her.” “Instantly, I noticed my neck and shoulder pain was gone and I could breathe much better,” Hefner wrote following the implant removal procedure. “I know I won’t feel 100 percent overnight. My implants took 8 years to make me this sick, so I know it will take time to feel better.”
The Kardashians are known for being open about almost every aspect of their lives, so it was no surprise when the eldest Kardashian sibling spoke about getting breast implants at age 22 on Keeping Up with the Kardashians. “I had my boobs done but if I could go back, I wouldn’t have done it. I was so cute before,” she told Showbiz Spy in 2011. “I’ve realized that I was made to look a certain way and I’m considering removing them.”
After undergoing a staggering 10 plastic surgery procedures in one day and unveiling her new look in a 2010 issue of PEOPLE, The Hills star – who once described herself as “beyond obsessed” with fine-tuning her look – underwent breast augmentation three years later, downsizing from size F breasts to size D. “I would never do it again and I never recommend it for anyone … I kind of wanted a few enhancements and then it got out of hand,” she told Access Hollywood in 2012. “I wasn’t told really the repercussions and what would happen, emotionally and psychically and the pain I would be in. I was kind of in shock.”
As a vocal Lyme disease activist, Hadid used her celebrity on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills to raise awareness of the invisible illness, as well as showcase her search for a cure. After discovering that her breast implants had been leaking, the mother of supermodels Bella and Gigi Hadid made the decision to get them removed – citing a possible link to her ongoing health crisis. “We might have hit the jackpot by finding all this silicone from a 20 year old implant rupture through ultrasound mapping as shown in this selfie,” she wrote on Instagram. “Thank you Dr. Feng for holding my hand and leading the way.”
Although the Baywatch star is known for her curvaceous figure, Anderson revealed getting breast implants was her No. 1 cosmetic regret. “Not that we need to point it out,” the actress said, rolling her eyes toward her chest in a 2016 interview with W. She famously underwent surgery to remove her implants in 1999; “It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time and I’m very happy with my decision,” she shared following the procedure.
The actress and mother-of-four got candid about her breast implants in a 2011 interview with Good Morning America: “I got my boobs done in my early 20s, and if I had known it would or could possibly impact production of [breast] milk, I would never have had them done.” Spelling would eventually get her implants removed following a doctor consultation in 2014, which was documented on her reality show, True Tori.
While the former Spice Girl and current fashion designer is relatively private, Beckham didn’t remain quiet when asked about her augmented bustline. “I don’t have them anymore,” she told Allure in 2014, after being shown an old photo of her that included ample décolletage. “I think I may have purchased them,” she explained, adding: “Or they got removed, one or the other.”
What started out as a dream for the Glee alum quickly turned into something she could no longer stand. “Implants were something I thought I wanted when I was younger, and now I don’t,” Heather told Fitness in 2011. “It was hard being active with them, because my chest was always sore. It hurt a lot, and I didn’t like always being in pain, so they had to go!”
The former Playboy model originally decided to get breast implants in 1996 to boost her self-esteem, but seven years after getting her implants, McDougal started having thyroid and adrenal problems, developed severe allergies, and began getting sick constantly.
“I would get sick every couple of months and be sick for six to eight weeks at a time,” she told PEOPLE. “It just never went away.” The Arizona-based model would eventually attribute her symptoms to her breast implants, which led to her decision to get them removed.
“It took me 20 years to get ‘poisoned,’ so it’s not going to be an overnight process,” McDougal shared, adding that she immediately began feeling better after the surgery. “I still have to go through a detox process to get rid of all the toxins in my body, but it’s definitely an improvement. I feel like I can actually live and enjoy life now.”
Holland, another former Playboy model, decided to get her breast implants removed after a friend of hers had her own bout with breast implant illness.
Holland initially got breast implants in 2004, but didn’t experience any issues until she got them replaced with silicon “gummy bear” implants in 2012.
“I just wanted them out,” Holland, who developed Raynaud’s disease after getting her first set of implants replaced, told PEOPLE. “I didn’t want to waste any more of my time or my health. There was no point in waiting. I have a son who’s a toddler — I need to be around and be healthy.”
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