Girl Talk: “Why I Had My Breast Implants Removed” –Melissa Gilbert

Actress and "Little House on the Prairie" star Melissa Gilbert tweeted this week [first week Jan-2015], that the surgery to remove her breast implants "went great" and now "the recovery begins." Gilbert, 50, also took to her blog a week before the surgery to explain the decision to remove the implants.

"This post is all about breasts," she started. "Specifically, this is all about mine because next week I'm having surgery to remove my implants permanently …. I am concerned for my health, and, I don't like the way they look or feel. Frankly, I'd like to be able to take a Zumba class without the fear that I'll end up with two black eyes."

Gilbert was candid and funny while explaining that she spent a "great deal" of her life flat-chested and with "perfect A cups." "I was a proud, card-carrying member of the Itty Bitty Titty Committee. I had no desire to have a Jessica Rabbitesque figure," she continued.

She has nothing against curves, but revealed that acting added pressure, especially when she was made to wear a padded bra. "But let's face it ladies, we are pressured and bombarded with messages from the moment we can read for ourselves," she added, citing magazines that focus solely on weight and plastic surgery. "And another thing…what's with all the plastic surgery billboards? … This is our culture. It has been for a long, long time and I fell right into it."

After her first son was born and she had finished breast-feeding, Gilbert admits that her then-husband made negative comments about her chest, which compelled her to get a new line of padded bras. After the divorce, she decided to have breast implants when she started dating again.

"The surgery went perfectly. I was sore for a while after but nothing too awful and my boobs looked really natural," she said. After her second child, who was born premature, she made sure to breast-feed again to help her son Michael grow strong and healthy. After the second time, Gilbert writes her breasts were "a tad lower but still a bit perky-ish because the implants were there holding them up."

Then in 2004, she started reading how implants should be replaced every 10 to 15 years. Hers were already 12 years old. "So I made the decision to replace the implants and do a breast lift," she added. "But, something was nagging at me. I couldn't shake the idea that my implants had a shelf life.

They would have to have them replaced every 10-15 years for the rest of my life. It was possible that at 80 years old I might have to get new implants!"

After thinking about it for months, doing research about future surgeries and an accident she called a "wake up" call, Gilbert said, "I had to change." "After a great deal of thought and research I have found a surgeon here in Michigan who is going remove my implants forever!" she wrote.

She closed by gushing about her supportive husband Timothy Busfield and by saying, "Aging is a gift not a curse. Love yourself. You are perfectly beautiful. You are enough."

text taken from and article I ran across on


~stay healthy~


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Good for you Melissa!

The campaign to convince women that their own breasts aren't perfect enough has been drummed into them for the past 10-15. Mostly by plastic surgery associations etc. Parents award their barely grown children with implants as high school graduation "gifts". I doubt there are many women who have their own breasts anymore.


Sue, thanks for commenting, but don’t be afraid to mention ‘men’ as  part of your comment, I won’t be offended. I  think us men have to claim some if not most of the responsibility for dictating the “societal standards” that have created all this madness. I love boobs and curves and women just like the next guy, but all this phoniness behind all this implant madness is getting out of hand. I told this one woman who was asking me my male opinion on implants, and I said “They will definitely get men to approach you (me included), but they won’t make him love you heart and soul and stay faithful, so ask yourself what is your real end goal with getting these things”. BTW, I don’t doubt what you are saying about the implants for graduation presents, but I swear I never heard that before, and that is beyond crazy to me ~stay healthy~


Good Morning,

I stumbled upon this website this morning on Pinterest.  What a breath of fresh air!  I just turned 50 and celebrated in Rome Italy with lots of pasta and wine.   I used to have a fabulous physique and still do to some extent, but over the course of 10 yrs have gained 20-25 lbs and have also had my implants replaced a couple of yrs ago.  I had a mind to take them out all together, but my doctor warned me of scarring among other things.  It's not that he wouldn't take them out, but after contemplating, I decided to just replace them with smaller implants, which I will probably have removed a bit later on.  I have a strong desire to lose this excess and feel light on my feet again.  I teach restorative yoga, yet have fallen off the eating path.  This blog is incredibly inspiring. 

I look forward to joining the many beautiful men and women of this blog to return to my sexy self after 50.  BTW, just cut off my long hair and let the white streaks come in.  It looks beautiful!  I feel like I cut off layers and layers of procastination.

I will reading.  Thank you so much!



Hi Donna,

Thanks for such a “warm hearted” Italian comment. It seems like a lot of women are going back and forth with what to do about those implants and you comment at least will help them feel like they are not alone. I think we all should enjoy eating, but just become more aware of what types of foods put on the pounds. I’m not blogging for money, nice comments like yours are my only payment. I’m sure you’re a beautiful woman and just need a little “tweaking” to get back to that lovely form. I’m over 50 myself, and it seems like no big deal.

But, “That’s Amore” !!! (my excuse to use that word)

~stay healthy~




Thanks for responding.  I understand about nice comments as payment.  I had a blog a few years ago on healing through yoga.  I did it because I find writing healing and cathartic.  I will continue to read your posts and am definitely going to try some of your recipes.  I love smoothies but was so disappointed to read about Garden of Life Raw Prtotein.  Love that stuff!




Hey Donna,

I was on that Garden of Life for 3 years, so that was kinda of scary. Hopefully my body was detoxing naturally with chlorella and also cilantro helps removes toxins from the body.

My “Girl Talk” section of the blog is always open to female guest writers, that was the whole objective when, I started that section so I always encourage women that don’t have time for a full blog, to write something for my “Girl Talk” sections. I supply the photos, that’s my thing, the art of the blog!!! I’ve had about 4 or 5 guest writers so far that just wanted to throw something out into the universe and chose my blog as the vehicle, which was pretty flattering.

~stay healthy~


I think it's Great your sharing your story. I too had my implants removed after having them 2 sets (1st saline) for 5yrs then (silicone) for 12yrs after having those huge implants in me for 17yrs I feel great that they are gone and like you I will no longer have to worry about replacing them in the future. I didn't get a lift and am surprisingly happy at how my natural B breasts have bounced back n don't sag much. Esp after I was a DD for almost 2 decades. I wish I never got mine to begin with but felt pressure to look a certain way when I was younger. Now at 37 I am extremely accepting of my natural body and prefer it to the implants I carried around all those years. I feel like a "weight has been lifted off my shoulders" lol. I am naturally slender but after my removal I looked even better. Many friends thought I'd lost weight. Most cloths and styles are meant for flatter chested women and look a lot better on smaller breasts. I'm happy with my decision and hope you will be thrilled with yours. I hope this inspires anyone out there thinking about getting their implants removed. Go for it!!!


Hi Joey,

thanks for taking the time to comment.

I think your testimony would make a good article for the “Girl Talk” section of my blog.

I am a guy, and can only write so much for that section, I’m getting more female guest writers.

Your comment already would make 1/3 to 1/2 of an article, maybe you would consider writing a little more on your thoughts on the subject. We could add pictures and collaborate on the final article. I think it would be good inspiration to other women

Think it over, and let me know if interested. OK if not.

Nonetheless, it takes a lot of courage to go from 36 DD to a B cup. Congrats, and I bet you are “twice as beautiful” now.

Doug Wallace at Gaia Health Blog


Hi, I have a long story but will not go there now. I’m over 50 with some health challenges so feel that getting the implants out will be a good thing for me. I’m looking for some suggestions/input on finding a good surgeon to remove them. I live in Wisconsin. There are many willing to put them in, not so many who take them out with any regular practice. I called the same clinic that put them in to inquire about the removal and they told me that the doctor may opt to remove them in his office. Is this normal? Mine are the type that are behind the muscle so not a superficial procedure. I am glad to have found this blog!


Hi Donna,

I’m sorry to hear about your health troubles.

I’m not sure how much help I can be, I’m just trying to think of what I would say if a family member or relative asked me the same question. It did occur to me that when I wrote this article, there was a different video embedded than the one that is there now. I don’t remember if the original was removed from YouTube or not, or if I just replaced it with a better quality video. In that original video, the Female Doctor who took out Melissa’s implants was say that it is becoming an increasingly common thing. That would lead me to conclude there are more Doctors than in prior years who are doing that surgery. I could have sworn I heard somewhere that that removal surgery is becoming a increasingly popular revenue stream for some doctors, so there has to be some practitioners out there. I wondering is it possible to find that lady Doctor, and find out if she has any network or Doctors across the country who might have that procedure.

I’ll go back and search for that other video on YouTube, and if I can get that Female doctor’s name, I’ll send it to you. I’ll search tonight and will respond to you on you hushmail email address either way

Doug at Gaia Health Blog


Hi Donna,

I did some looking and was able to find that other Mellissa Gilbert video where the doctor who I think removed her implants talked for a few seconds in the video.

I might suggest trying to contact the doctors office, to at least see if she can network you with someone who can do the procedure in Wisconsin

Here is the Doctor’s Info:

Cassileth Plastic Surgery
436 N Bedford Dr #103, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Phone 310-819-9340

Here is that original Melissa Gilbert Video where she spoke a little on the subject

Good Luck!!!

Doug at Gaia Health Blog



Thank you Doug! I appreciate your help with this. I will call that Doctor today.


Hi Donna,

No problem, I hope it helps.

Good Luck!!!

Doug at Gaia Health Blog


I just finished reading this article. It makes me sad that we live in a culture that constantly tells us we aren’t “enough.” Well, I’m in full-on rebellion.

At some point we have to look at ourselves and tell society to take their unrealistic expectations and shove them. We have to look in the mirror and say, “Okay, this is the package I was given. Now, how do I honor it, cherish it and take good care of it?”


Hi Darlene,

Even as a full fledged All-American Heterosexual male, the whole thing is getting quite silly to me. I won’t call out just women, but men and women are missing the point.

I actually just found a video yesterday on a woman’s “Horror Story” of getting implants. Not so much the surgery went bad, but how they rushed her in and out of there in an hour, even when she was still groggy from anesthesia, because they had the day fully booked. She said it was miserable for a week or so because of the pain and she couldn’t sleep, after that, she was OK

But then I thought, what’s the point of trying to do an article on this? If a woman wants those things, she is going to go deal with that to reap the “rewards”.

The problem both men and women are not getting here  is the “boobies” only serve as drawing more guys towards you, as an instinctive guy reflex . What they won’t do is keep a guy deeply in love with you forever. That’s a whole different kind of energy. Think about a professional athlete getting some booming woman with implants. Sure, he’s a gazillionaire and is gonna get that type of woman, but in a couple of months, he’s on to another woman with implants. So does the woman really think the implants are gonna keep that man? I assume she is probably not thinking on it that hard, just reacting to societal programming. And, maybe that is all she and he want……

I hung out with, not so much dated, a couple of girls with implants, as with most guys, for the main objective of getting their shirts off, I admit, and they were a psychological mess. Very vain, in no way were they ever capable of being in any type of fulfilling relationship. What they were hoping for was to have the Breast implants allow them to have control and power over men.


Just give me a ordinary chested girl with a toned body, throw in a woman with a great sex drive, and is warm hearted and in tune with herself, and has some sense of inner self, and still believes in male/female symmetry and working for healthy relationships, and I’ll be good. Note to Self: “Good Luck with that Dude” (no disrespect to women with that last sarcastic comment, but society it gone totally in a different direction than what works for me)

This is the “Girl Talk” Section, so ladies, can we talk here or what? But, It’s a mess from all sides……

Doug at GAIA Health Bog


Implants and breastfeeding seems odd to me. I think about 75% of my friends have implants. Kind of boring now. I think Melissa Gilbert also had her nose done and injections. She was cute before it


Hi Jg,

There is a pregnant girl at my Health Club with implants, and I’m trying to figure out how the Breast feeding thing works, or even the body’s natural breast changes during pregnancy.

Yeah I noticed Melissa has a nose job and some other work.

75% of your friends have implants. WOW!!!  Read my previous comment above dated 4-19-2017, I stand by my male perspective in this thing, in that the whole thing is a waste of time.

Doug Wallaceat GAIA Health Blog


Good story. I’m 33, I had my implants taken out almost 4 years ago. I got them solely because I felt very insecure about myself; I got saline implants that were done very nicely and looked very natural. 8 years after having them, I had 2 children, both which I nursed without complication. I never had any medical issues with them, but was rather irked that I couldn’t get a massage without discomfort, or wear t shirts without feeling gawked at; I felt like some life choices were being dictated by implants. But the real deal was that I was concerned about the effect that it would have on my children, and the other girls of the world. How could I teach them that they were beautiful as they were when I had invested this much time and energy into surgery to make me look “okay?” My husband was extremely supportive and commended my decision. I searched very hard for a doctor who wouldn’t pressure me to get smaller implants. Doctors told me I would be sorry, and I wouldn’t look right, and they pitied my husband. It was a dehumanizing process. But I finally found a doc who specialized in mastectomy surgeries and he also allowed me to be awake during the procedure. I am so happy I got them out- i still struggle with not measuring up to what society says is beautiful but we are all on a journey aren’t we? I have 2 more children (4total) , both which I’ve nursed, and I truly feel more feminine than I ever did having my big fake boobs. To anybody who is considering getting explanted, be courageous- your body alone doesn’t define your femininity!


Hi Kat,

Great story. Read my “guy” comments, where I’m trying to express the whole thing is getting out of hand, but my opinion applies to obsession with looks in general.

There’s a girl at my health club who has them, and she kinda cracks me up. Of course I will look, when I can do it discretely, but I can see the big picture at this point. It’s only provoking a very base level male reaction, she seems like she has nothing to offer personality-wise. But I don’t think she really cares, all she cares about is having control over the male psyche. No way to have a healthy, wholesome relationship, but she’s probably not looking for that anyway.

What she is not getting that the implants won’t bring any mental or soulful connectivity with any man, but once again, maybe she don’t care about all that.

….and the world keeps spinning!!!

Doug t GAIA Health Blog

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