Posts Tagged Sheyla Hershey
Reader Laura’s Comment:
“Sheyla Hershey is back in the news. She’s claiming that her boobs saved her life in a recent car accident. Who knew that you could use your boobs as air bags.”
The woman named by the Guinness Book Of Records as having the world’s biggest breast implants claims her huge boobs saved her life during a scary Super Bowl Sunday car crash. When the airbags in her Ford Mustang didn’t go off, Hershey, of Houston, Texas, says her own personal silicone airbags took their place. Unfortunately, 32-year-old Hershey’s KKK-sized breast implants couldn’t stop her from getting arrested for a DUI. Though she wasn’t drinking, officers who arrived at the scene deemed her to be under the influence of prescription drugs.
Taking the word of a media hungry celebrity on an incident that occurred under the influence of prescription drugs is a stretch. If the air bags in her car didn’t even go off, I doubt the accident was much an accident. It was good for a quick and dirty PR episode however.
Even the advertising savvy implant manufacturers don’t brag about the crash resistance of their products.
Ms Hershey is a bit different to say the least as her reasoning for needing prescription drugs went something like:
Naturally a BB, Hershey confessed that her mammoth boobs do come with a downside. “I have to take drugs for back pain, and I have trouble picking up my two-year-old daughter, but it’s worth it because I’ve achieved my goal.
Then again she is national news.
John Di Saia MD
Reader Laura’s Comment:
“The Houston woman who had to go to a foreign country to get implants that are said to be the largest in the world has had to have them removed after developing an infection. She contracted a severe staphylococcal infection after her surgery in June 2010 that had spread into both of her breasts.
She had her breasts enlarged to 38KKK even though she is only 5’3″ but has recently had to have the implants removed as well as possibly part or whole of her own breasts removed due to the fear of the infection getting into her blood stream.”
Sheyla Hershey was able to achieve her goal of having the largest breasts in the world when she had M-cup implants put into place. She soon removed them and downgraded to a smaller size when she learned she was pregnant in 2009.
A severe staph infection reached both of Hershey’s breasts.
She had the augmentation surgery in Brazil, but came home to Houston for help. Hershey says the new surgeon told her she should be concerned for her life. Staph infections can enter the bloodstream and be life threatening. Hershey is also very concerned about losing one of her breasts. She has had to give herself infusions of intravenous antibiotics every twelve hours to fight the infection.
The treatment has helped one breast, but doctors say the other one is still in jeopardy. That would mean that she will not only lose both implants, but quite possibly need to have the entire breast removed.
Doctors took Hershey into surgery on Tuesday morning to remove the implants.
There is a reason we aren’t so keen on really large breast implants in the United States. It is called liability. As we have discussed here before the chance for problems with breast implants goes up quite a bit once the implants get beyond a certain size. There isn’t enough tissue to cover them when they get too large.
Hopefully Ms. Hershey will be able to have some breast tissue salvaged such that she can have some kind of reconstruction later. I have never heard of such an infection being fatal, but her case is unusual.
The Morals of this Story:
Limit your size or accept the risk.
When you can’t get a surgeon in the US to do it, there is a definite reason.
John Di Saia MD
Originally posted 2010-07-14 10:00:35.
Reader Laura’s Question:
“Sheyla Hershey is back in the news again. She’s the woman who was rumored to have had the world’s largest breast implants that had to have them removed because of an infection that nearly killed her. She is reported as having gone back to surgeons in Mexico and had her breast implants replaced. She is in the process of having them re-inflated to 38MMM. Looking at the current pictures of her her breasts look deformed. Do implants this large even exist as one unit? Do you think that she has multiple implants that are making her look lumpy? She also complained about saggy skin when she had her old implants removed. Is there any reason why the saggy skin wasn’t removed with the implants?”
An infection that set in after her 30th breast enlargement operation led to 5ft 3in Sheyla undergoing emergency operation in June 2010 that left with unattractive sagging skin where her implants had been. So obsessed was Sheyla with maintaining her Guinness World Record that the loss of her implants almost drove her to suicide. ‘Not having my breasts was killing me, I didn’t know if I could make it through 2012 without them,’ she said.
It is funny. Just as I write about a woman who has been (in my way of thinking) unfairly maligned for having her Labiae reduced, Sheyla Hershey returns like a phoenix to have her breast implants replaced. Her desire to have implants in the “World’s largest” class despite her tragic history of infection and hospitalization is at the least unwise. She is very likely better served with psychiatry than surgery.
On the issue of the excess skin, the fact that it was left when her infected implants were removed is the only reason she has any chance of hosting implants of any size again. As she is having surgery in Mexico, the limitations of the FDA are not in effect. The liability an American surgeon would have getting anywhere near that operation probably severely curtailed her ability to have implant surgery once again in the US anyway.
Sheyla is likely having multiple tissue expanders and/or breast implants placed and slowly over inflated to get to her goal size. As you probably know there are limitations as to how large standard FDA approved breast implants can be. At around 1000 cc each, a single unit will certainly fall short of Sheyla’s desires assuming her skin will reliably house the monster sized implants she wants. And that no pun intended is a stretch. Custom made implants are also an option when you have surgery outside of the US.
Even if she can avoid infection returning, she will at the very least look lumpy if not deformed due to the tissue loss and scarring of her previous breast surgery and infection. We can’t see her breasts very well as she is clothed. This might work to her advantage if she is able to work clothed. She was a model in the past.
Apparently Sheyla lied to her husband about the surgery and after she returned to the US, he threatened her with divorce.
John Di Saia MD
Reader Laura Comment:
A while back we had discussed the woman (Sheyla Hershey) … She had KKK-cup implants and went out of the country to have them made even larger and contracted a severe infection and had to have all of her implants removed as well as some of her own breast tissue. Now she’s back in the news. After having the implants removed it seems that she fell into a deep depression and tried several times to commit suicide. Her most recent suicide attempt has left her in a coma. Do plastic surgeons ever send their patients to a psychologist after a consult? What would you say are the warning signs that someone is becoming obsessed with plastic surgery or that they have a body disorder?
A Brazilian model who had the biggest breasts in the world is in a coma after allegedly taking a drug overdose. Sheyla Hershey, 30, who lives in Houston, Texas, had to have her KKK-cup implants removed last year after contracting a deadly infection during the operation to make them bigger. Since then, the mother of one has vowed to get her breasts re-done saying she feels ‘so ugly’ without them.
Patients seeking extreme outcomes frequently are emotionally labile. Many American plastic surgeons simply avoid them for fear of liability. I would suggest the woman traveled to Brazil for her “large implant surgery” due to an inability to find a domestic surgeon who would take the case. The term you might have been seeking is “Body Dysmorphic Disorder.” I believe it doesn’t take a psychologist to see that in this case. It is pretty obvious. What a given surgeon will do with such a patient varies with his own philosophy.
While I feel for Ms Hershey’s plight, I look at the story as a point of education for other women considering breast augmentation. Many of the women who have implant surgery do not seek these extremes and do well with their implants for decades. I believe it is a patient’s choice to do what he or she will with his or her body. But as a surgeon, I like lower liability surgery that lasts. When getting into a case in which problems seem too likely, I either avoid it or at least inform the patient of the risks involved.
Yes. Doing the right thing can cost me money.
John Di Saia MD
Originally posted 2011-02-17 07:30:38.
The world has come to know her well. Sheyla Hershey is known for her striking smile and her large M cup breast implants. She has tried to save them for the past three months, but that fight has come to an end. Hershey had to have her implants removed, along with most of her own breast tissue. Hershey tells FOX 26 News her surgeon realized in surgery that most of her tissue was too damaged to save. She says her surgeon tried to save just enough tissue to attempt reconstructive surgery within three or four months.
When she had the surgery to make her the largest breast implant patient in the World, I said it was risky. Sheyla Hershey ultimately realized some of that risk. When implants so large are placed the pressure stretches, thins and to an extent destroys tissue. There is not enough breast tissue to cover the implants in these types of cases. The implants are too large.
In Sheyla’s case, the implants became involved with infection which undoubtedly further destroyed tissue. She had a Wound Vac put in to help encourage wound healing in the absence of tissue…mainly to close the space the implants had developed. It is doubtful that she will be able to have large implants placed once again as the soft tissue cover has likely been severely compromised.
In essence she has become a reconstructive type case. This is sad. Things will end up looking pretty poorly by the sounds of things. This type of outcome is almost unheard of with the much smaller, more routinely implanted sizes.
“Really big comes with really big risk with breast implants.”
John Di Saia MD
Originally posted 2010-09-10 19:00:29.
A Houston woman is now the proud owner of the world’s largest breast implants. After undergoing a reported nine breast augmentation surgeries, Sheyla Hershey says she broke the world record with her new size 38KKK breasts. Hershey flew back to her home country of Brazil for the most recent breast enlargement because US plastic surgeons legally can’t implant breast enhancements of that size.
What they didn’t state here is that few US plastic surgeons would want the liability of placing such large implants. In the US, we get sued when things go wrong. Large implants increase that chance. The larger the implants the higher the risk. We will hear more from this case. It is just a question of when.
John Di Saia MD