The American boob job is on the decline, according to figures from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and a procedure known as the “explant” is on the rise. Explants are procedures in which doctors remove implants altogether, or replace implants with smaller specimens. Between 2010 and 2014, explant procedures have jumped 10 percent, with nearly 24,000 women electing to have them. Over the same period, breast augmentation procedures declined three percent, reversing decades of steady demand for the plastic surgery enhancement. As recently as the six-year period between 2000 and 2006, women were getting boob jobs in record numbers as there was a 55 percent increase in implant procedures. So, why are women beginning to abandon their enhancements? There are a range of reasons, including some as simple as the aging. Many women were inspired by the likes of Pamela Anderson and porn star Jenna Jameson, but as they reach ages 40 and 50, the reality of upkeep on the implants has begun to set in and many women are opting out. For a woman named Christie, 42, a moment of clarity came while she was at the gym. Four years earlier, she had E-cup implants put in — at the urging of her then-boyfriend. But the boyfriend was gone, she’d made some changes to adopt a more healthy lifestyle, and there was that gym mirror. “I was at the gym when I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror in my tight workout clothes, and I saw how fake my breasts looked,” Christie recalled. “Suddenly, I felt completely self-conscious.”
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