HEALTHY LIVING
03/28/2008 02:45 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

When Boobs Go Bad: The Risks of Breast Implants

A NAKED woman, her left arm strategically draped over her nipples, grins beatifically at readers in an advertisement for cosmetic surgery that equates breast implants with a more durable commodity: jewels.

"You know that feeling when you find the perfect size," reads the copy for the Natrelle Breast Enhancement Collection that ran in the November issue of Elle magazine. "And we're not talking diamonds."

It is the kind of marketing analogy that gives breast implants a bad name. Diamonds, as De Beers and a James Bond novel once suggested, are meant to last forever. But breast implants often do not.

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