Orange County, CA | The Insider Synmastia Plastic Surgery Redo | Dr. Corbin Plastic Surgery
Speaker 1: Tonight's Insider In Depth.
Tracey: I had a uni-boob, like a basketball inside me.
Speaker 1: A Beverly Hills surgery story. Why did this woman's breasts fuse together to form one?
Tracey: It was horrible.
Lara Spencer: What some surgeons will never tell you before having simple breast implants.
Speaker 1: A woman's breasts conjoined.
Tracey: It turned out to be that I had one huge boob right across my chest.
Speaker 1: In tonight's Insider In Depth, can this Beverly Hills surgeon repair this disfigured chest? Now, here's the Lara Spencer in New York with tonight's Insider In Depth.
Lara Spencer: It's a procedure thousands of women undergo each year. But tonight we reveal a hidden danger of breast enhancement surgery. How did a Hollywood woman end up with her breasts fused together as one? It's what they don't tell you before you go under the knife.
Tracey: The worst disaster of my life, like a big basketball across my chest. It was horrible.
Lara Spencer: This isn't a birth defect, or the result of a bad accident. What happened to this woman is a frightening, possible result of breast augmentation surgery.
Tracey: They kept telling me that the swelling would go down and it turned out to be that I had one huge 800 CC boob right across my chest.
Lara Spencer: It's called symmastia, when two implants become joined together. It is a rare, but serious complication from an augmentation, and occurs most often in thin women. But the good news is, it is correctable.
Tracey: It was just a nightmare. It was a nightmare.
Lara Spencer: Beverly Hills plastic surgeon, Nicholas Nikolov, who did not perform Tracey's surgery, says implant placement is critical.
Nicholas Nikolov: There can be several different problems with the pocket where the implant sits.
Lara Spencer: Like the so-called double bubble experienced by actress Laura Lynn Peterson.
Speaker 5: You woke up one morning and realized you had four breast?
Laura Lynn Peterson: Basically, yeah.
Lara Spencer: Dr. Nikolov fixed Laura's quadruple breast appearance with surgery. And Laura shared her recovery with Insider viewers.
Laura Lynn Peterson: Wow. It's amazing.
Lara Spencer: When 27-year-old Erica watched Laura's recovery story on The Insider, she too was hiding a breast augmentation mistake under her shirt.
Nicholas Nikolov: Right now, the appearance of your breasts would probably be that a woman that's twice you age.
Lara Spencer: Dr. Nikolov is planning to fix her botched breast job, also, the result of misplaced implants.
Erica Shelan: I couldn't look at myself in the mirror.
Lara Spencer: As for Tracey's uni-breast she credits this doctor with performing a miracle.
Dr. Frederic Corbin: We treated Tracey by, essentially, bringing her back to square one. And then, redoing her breast augmentation.
Lara Spencer: Here's Tracy's before and after. She bravely came forward to The Insider as a warning for others.
Tracey: God, maybe it won't happen to them, but it's a very serious surgery. It's something to really think about.
Lara Spencer: And here's one more fact, breast augmentation is the second most popular surgical procedure. Number one? Liposuction.