Crystal Hefner Debuts New, Smaller Chest After Revealing Her Implants ‘Slowly Poisoned’ Her

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Finally off her chest! Crystal Hefner took to Instagram on Wednesday, July 20, to show off her smaller bust after removing her breast implants, which she believes “slowly poisoned” her.

“The new me. Happier and healthier. Using 2016 to reclaim my health and embrace and love myself for the real me,” Hefner, 30, captioned a photo of herself wearing an American flag-printed bikini, which put her plastic surgery reversal on display. “Thank you for the overwhelming support on my post yesterday, I love you. ❤️”

Though the Playmate turned DJ — who’s married to Hugh Hefner — was diagnosed with Lyme disease back in March, she recently realized that many of the symptoms she was experiencing, including aches and fatigue, could potentially be caused by a condition called breast-implant illness. The probable health problem was brought to her attention by a handful of commenters on social media. After doing some research, the Arizona native decided to say goodbye to her boob job in an effort to feel better.

Crystal Hefner arrives at Rehab at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on June 13, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Crystal Hefner arrives at Rehab at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on June 13, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mindy Small/FilmMagic

“I found a Breast Implant Illness website and Facebook group with almost 3,000 members,” she recalled in a Tuesday, July 19, Instagram post titled “My Breast Implants Slowly Poisoned Me.” “My symptoms matched theirs.”

According to the model, breast implants take a toll on one’s body. “Your immune system is constantly fighting them,” the L.A. resident — who got her breast augmentation nearly a decade ago — shared, “leaving you vulnerable to other illnesses.”

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The National Institutes of Health backs up Hefner’s claim. “Breast implants are not lifetime devices,” the organization states on its website. “The longer you have breast implants, the more likely it is that complications will occur and you will need to have them removed.”

After the Los Angeleno had her implants taken out, she immediately felt a difference in her health.

“Instantly I noticed my neck and shoulder pain was gone and I could breathe much better,” she wrote. “I know I won't feel 100 percent overnight. My implants took eight years to make me this sick, so I know it will take time to feel better. I also have other illnesses to address, but with the toxic bags removed, my immune system can focus on what it needs to.”

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