*Tiffany “New York” Pollard has had her breast implants removed after they caused her headaches, nausea and anxiety.
Pollard, 37, originally appeared on the hit E! reality show “Botched” in 2015 to have her faux breasts reduced and her nose job touched up. For the season six premiere Monday night, she revisited surgeons Dr. Terry Dubrow and Dr. Paul Nassif complaining about breast implant illness (BII). The doctors decided to remove the silicone implants out of concern for her health, MadameNoire reported.
“You know how some women love their legs or their behinds? I’ve always known I wanted to have a really nice big chest,” she said. “I just loved the way big breasts would look in tops and things like that. That was like early on as a little girl. What was I, like 5 or 6? I saw Dolly Parton and I was like, ‘What are those?’ They just looked really fun and inviting, if you will. I always wanted to be built like that, so obviously, coming out to Hollywood, I was going to take advantage of that opportunity [laughs].”
But having faux body parts comes at a high price – health wise, and Pollard detailed her experience with breast implant illness, which triggers autoimmune issues.
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“My illness started back from the very first set of breast implants I had, but I would contribute it to other things like maybe I was out partying too late, or maybe I ate something bad. I just always had to make excuses, or try to,” she said. “But I would have to assess my day and go, ‘What did I do wrong? Why do I feel sick?’ So I was always finding excuses because you’re not going to think it was the breast implants. The average person is going to say, I woke up out of anesthesia, my incisions are healed and the medication is working, I’m not in pain, so you’re not going to say, it’s complications and it’s got to be the breasts. Your breasts aren’t doing anything to hurt you, it’s that they’re attacking other parts of your system and you’re not realizing it’s the implants.”
Pollard inevitably had to face the truth about her implants, and opted to go back to see Dr. Dubrow about whether she should have them removed.
“It’s important to say this: Breast implants are not for everybody but they are for some people. I’m always going to encourage a woman to respect her body and her temple enough to know the difference,” she said. “I’m someone who sat up there and had augmentations for over a decade in my life. There were some good days with the breast implants and not so good days with the breast implants. I think you have to know yourself individually. But I will say that now that my life has been enhanced because they’re gone, ‘Health first, ladies.’ If you don’t really want that implant or you’re on the fence about it, just think about it some more. But if it’s just something you’ve got to have, you’ve got to try, go ahead with it. But if you notice your health declining in any type of way, I would say go ahead and get rid of it. Put it in for about six months to a year, but if you’re feeling weird, then yeah, you have to go on and get them removed.”
Despite coming to her senses about the risks of implants, Pollard’s is not completely ruling out plastic surgery.
“I’m a woman that’s 37 years old and I’ve never been this person to go, this is the stamp. I don’t like labels. Even if I eat vegetables for a whole year straight, I’m not a vegan because I may want turkey one day. I’m not really good with capping off or closing off anything in my life, but I will say at this point, I’m very very happy,” she said. “My health has improved, I’m jumping rope, my energy is like I’m 20 again, so I don’t see a need for anything right now. But hey, listen, if I want to get something done in a few years, I will.”
Scroll up and watch a scene from the season six premiere of E!’s “Botched” with Tiffany Pollard via the clip above.