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A mum who had breast implants inserted to please an ex-boyfriend has had them removed after they started to make embarrassing 'fart' noises when she moved.
Emily Nolan, 32, from Washington, went under the knife when she was 23 to please her boyfriend at the time - who told her that 'real women have boobs' - despite not really wanting them.
The ex-model turned professional speaker had the operation in 2009 when she went from a 36B to 36DD but wasn't overly happy about the procedure and did it so that she could feel validated and make her boyfriend happy.
But Emily knew she'd tolerated enough after years of pain in her shoulders and neck as a result of the weight of her breasts, as well as embarrassing fart-like noises coming from the implants whenever she would raise her arms.
When Emily met her now-husband, Matt, she began to consider the possibility of having her implants removed so she could be rid of the emotional and physical weight she had carried on her shoulders.
Emily had her explant surgery in September 2016 and since then she has been overjoyed to have her natural form back, enabling her to exercise properly again and even breastfeed her son, Oliver.
"I was a professional model at 16 years old, for eight years, until I decided to have my implants removed and pursue a healthier relationship with my body," said Emily.
"My implants were put in when I was 23 years old. I felt validated because I did it for a narcissistic boyfriend who told me 'real women have boobs'. I carried the weight of his worthless opinion of my body around for eight years on my chest.
"After the procedure I couldn't believe that women really go through such pain to look a different way. That being said, I would have never admitted that truth at the time because I didn't want anyone to think I was going back on a decision I already had to change my body.
"We split up after I moved to Miami when I was 24. It wasn't that serious a relationship, in fact he was probably in another relationship - or five others - at the same time and I had no clue.
"I had a lot of pain in my shoulders and neck from the weight of my breasts during exercise. I also experienced a weird sensation when I visited cities at high altitude or went for a hike because my implants would tighten under my chest and create a suction effect under my muscle.
"Also, whenever I'd lift my arms, say to hug a friend, the implants would make an awful, not to mention embarrassing, fart noise. You could hear the noise every time I raised my arms, which was truly the straw that broke the camel's back for me.
"The noise was a constant and embarrassing reminder of a bad decision I'd made earlier in my life.
"As I fell in love with my husband and matured out of my 20s, I had a lot more confidence and self-acceptance. My body is not a beauty equation, but a beautiful, incredibly strong and resilient life-giving 'Earth suit'.
"Following a visit to Santa Fe and hearing the suction noises under my chest, I knew it wasn't healthy to have them in my body. I am happily married to a man who didn't care if I had implants or not, so I wanted to delete the bad decision I'd made for another man.
Emily went from originally being a size 36B up to a 36DD and is now back to her original size. Since having her explant surgery in September 2016, Emily contracted an infection which required a second minor surgery as the wound didn't heal properly.
Once she'd recovered, Emily was able to get back into fitness as she hadn't been able to exercise properly the whole time she had implants. With her implants, Emily was 1st 4lbs heavier - meaning she has now gone from 12st 5lbs to 11st 1lbs.
Emily added: "I am proud of the woman I am. I believe being a mother has really shown me how incredible my body - or 'Earth suit', as I like to call it - can be.
"I'm so glad I can look past doctored images of 'picture-perfect' social media pages and have confidence that the path I'm on is right for me.
"If you're a healthy candidate for an explant and thinking about getting your implants removed, then go for it. It was one of the greatest and most empowering decisions I've made to return to my natural Earth suit and learn to love its natural form.
"Don't be afraid of what your breasts will look post-surgery. I've never met a woman who had an explant and regretted it. My breasts went back to the way they were pre-surgery, and I had large implants for eight years.
"I recommend not getting a breast lift, or at least talk to your surgeon about it because the lift can dramatically reduce your chances of breastfeeding. I had an explant and capsulectomy and I'm able to breastfeed just fine."
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