The breast implants that earned a Texas woman the coveted title of “World’s Largest Breasts” now have landed her in a hospital, fearing for her life.
Sheyla Hershey (who is NOT Dr. Brenner’s patient) is no stranger to plastic surgery, claiming she has had more than 30 procedures. But her last breast augmentation in pursuit of claiming the largest breasts in the world has given her a dangerous staphylocccal infection in both breasts. Hershey’s doctors told her they are concerned the infection could spread to her bloodstream. Should that occur, then Ms. Hershey could have bigger problems than just losing her size 38KKK breasts implants. These are the types of problems commonly seen with overly large implants. Breast surgery with implants of this proportion would never be permitted in the United States, due to federal requirements and regulations, but Hershey was able to get the surgery in Brazil. Because of the infected tissue resulting from the staph infection, Hershey may end up with smaller breasts than she had when she started having augmentations.
Breast implant infection is a well known potential risk of breast augmentation surgery. Although some superficial post-operative breast infections can be treated conservatively with antibiotics, once the actual implant becomes infected, it must be removed. This is just one potential danger of medical tourism which clearly demonstrates why safety is such an important part of your plastic surgery experience.