Model removes $100,000 implants after they started 'forcing' themselves 'out of her chest'
A former Playboy model has been forced to remove her $100,000 breast implants after they began "forcing" themselves "out of her chest". Prior to the removal, 43-year-old Bobbi Billard had undergone nine breast augmentation surgeries.
She had her first at the age of 18, which took her from a B cup to a double D, and then a subsequent eight surgeries because of capsular contracture - a condition described by the FDA as, "when the scar tissue or capsule that normally forms around the implant tightens and squeezes the implant."
In the video below, she explains why she still won't discourage others from getting breast implants:
"I'm still not against breast implants," she explains. "I know a lot of people have them and they're perfectly fine. It's just certain women who experience these problems and I guess I'm one of them."
"But I do feel as if breast augmentation surgeons and the industry is kind of lacking in some things that could help women make better, informed decisions with regards to this procedure."
While Billard had suffered numerous complications for years, including fatigue and back pain, it wasn't until 2018 that she realized something was seriously wrong, after one of her implants appeared to be forcing its way out of her chest.
Recounting her ordeal in an interview with Caters News, Billard said, "I felt like I was being poisoned from the inside out."
"After over two decades of having breast implants, I think my body decided enough was enough.
"I'd spent a small fortune over the years, $100,000 as I was constantly trying to correct my capsular contracture."
Since the removal, she has been working out regularly to get into what she has described as the healthiest place she's ever been:
"Each surgery cost no less than $10,000, but I made my money as a model which required me to look a certain way and had no choice but to keep getting surgery to fix them.
"But by 2019, which was 26 years after my first operation, I decided to explant and have my implants removed after years of suffering from an unknown autoimmune illness."
However, it wasn't until January of this year that she was taken seriously by a doctor when one of her breasts began to swell and antibiotics did nothing to resolve the problem.
She was then admitted for surgery to drain the fluid surrounding her breast and had the problematic implant removed that day. She has since had her other implant removed and found support among other women who have suffered complications from implants online.
"I'm not going to lie, my breasts do look like shriveled raisins but I am learning to love and embrace my new figure," she told Caters News.
"It's up to the patient to keep track of the devices put into their bodies which many are unaware only last 10 years, they don't last a lifetime."