Tiffany “New York” Pollard is a well-known reality TV personality as well as an actress. She rose to fame during her appearances on “Flavor of Love” on VH1 where she was given the nickname “New York” by rapper Flavor Flav. She is also well-known for her size 38GG breast implants that helped to define her look to her fans. Even though her breast implants were one of her defining body features, she recently decided to have them removed because of illnesses that were related to the breast implants.
During a recent appearance on the E! reality TV series “Botched”, Pollard made her second visit to the offices of doctors Terry Dubrow and Paul Nassif (the stars of the show). Pollard’s visit to the doctors was related to symptoms she has been experiencing since her last breast augmentation surgery. The symptoms included dizziness, diarrhea and panic attacks, One of the reasons Pollard was visiting the doctors was the fact that a friend of her was also experiencing the same symptoms. Once Pollard’s friend had her breast implants removed, the symptoms stopped so Pollard was seeing if the symptoms might stop for her as well if her size 38GG breast implants were removed.
According to doctors Nassif and Dubrow, they thought Pollard was suffering from Breast Implant Illness. It is believed this illness is the result of the body reacting to foreign substances in the implants. Breast Implant Illness (or BII) is actually not recognized as a medical illness because there is no diagnostic testing that is specifically designed for BII. Even with this being the case, the doctors of “Botched” mentioned that the number of cases related to BII are on the rise.
During a conversation with Pollard, Dr. Dubrow told her, “There’s a Facebook group of, I think, 40,000 women who have come together complaining of all of these symptoms. If enough people have it, it’s a real thing.”
According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), there are women with breast implants that present various systemic symptoms and these women believe the symptoms are related to their breast implants. Breast Implant Illness is a term that refers to women with breast implants who self-identify and also describe a number of symptoms including (but not limited to) fatigue, hair loss, headaches, chronic pain, brain fog, depression and hormonal issues that they feel are directly connected to their breast implants.
As mentioned above, breast implant illness is not an official medical diagnosis. There is no diagnostic testing that is designed specifically for Breast Implant Illness. However, the ASAPS has reported that various studies have shown different degrees of improvement in the symptoms of patients after the removal of their breast implants. Some of the improvements have been temporary in nature while other improvements have been a permanent resolution of the symptoms of patients.
The ASAPS says further studies are needed to determine the best way to potentially screen patients prior to them undergoing breast implant surgery in order to determine which of the reported symptoms might show some improvement with the removal of breast implants. The ASAPS does realize that a lack of a “direct, proven scientific link” doesn’t mean that the symptoms experienced by the patients are not real medical symptoms.
After consulting with doctors about the illnesses she feels are related to her breast implants, Pollard decided to have her breast implants completely removed from her body. She also decided to have a breast lift and a reshaping of her natural breasts after the breast implants were removed.
When asked how she felt after the removal of her breast implants, Pollard said she is much happier with the lighter feeling provided by the removal of the breast implants. She said “I love them so much. I feel lighter, more energetic and more feminine with the smaller breasts than I do with the bigger ones.”
She also mentioned that her BII symptoms had vanished once the breast implants were removed. “I no longer feel sick and I’m naturally abundant. Turns out, you can be natural and still be the HBIC.”
Before patients make the final decision to have breast implants placed in the body, they should schedule a consultation appointment with a board-certified doctor that is experienced in performing breast implant surgery. The doctor will perform a thorough examination of the patient to determine the best breast implant size to provide the desired results while still maintaining a natural look to the breasts. In addition, the surgeon will examine the patient to make sure she is healthy enough to undergo breast implant surgery and that the person understands the changes that will be made in her appearance thanks to the placement of the breast implants in the body. Finally, the surgeon will make sure the patient is having breast implants placed because of a desire on the part of the person and not because someone else wants the patient to make a change in the appearance of their breasts.