Sheyla Hershey, the model with reportedly the largest breasts in the world, is fighting a staph infection of her breasts which could threaten her life. A year ago she travelled to Brazil to make her breasts a KKK in size, despite her being only 5'3" tall. She is now suffering a severe infection that not only threatens her breasts, but also her life. In addition to the 10 surgeries she's had on her breasts, she's also undergone liposuction and rhinoplasty, all by the age of 30.
This unfortunate story exhibits three truths:
1. The bigger the implants, the greater the risks.
2. Going abroad for plastic surgery can be risky.
3. Where your plastic surgery is performed can have a big impact on whether you develop an infection.
Hopefully she isn't suffering from MRSA, which is resistant to most antibiotics. Her story reminds me of one of my patients who underwent a bargain-basement breast augmentation in Miami, only to develop multiple staph infections resulting in devastating deformities. Local NBC covered her story, which can be seen here. After several surgeries with me, I'm proud to say, she now looks pretty darn good.
Thanks for reading.
Anthony Youn, M.D.