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Fake News: Woman's Butt Implants Did NOT Explode While Working Out At Gym

  • by: Alan Duke
  • (Wed, 09 Oct 2019 15:40:13 Z)
Did a woman's butt implants explode while working out at a gym? No, that's not true: It is a hoax that has circulated on social media for several years in several versions. One story claims the explosion happened at the gym, while others say it was during rough sex or when the woman sat down on a hot sidewalk.

A version going viral again in October 2019 is a video published on YouTube on November 2, 2016 titled "Woman's Butt Implants Explode While Working Out At Gym" (archived here). The description read:

A Boston Woman Went To The Doctor's Wanting A 64-inch Back Side, And Got More Than She Bargained For. Serena Beuford, 27, Of Boston, Massachusetts Was Working Out At A Gym Doing Squats For A Instagram Video For Planet Fitness, When Her "Butt Implants" Exploded. Gym Members Helped Her While The Medical Personnel Arrived. There Was Blood And Fluid All Over The Floor. She Was In Serious Condition, But Survived. Her Friends Said She Got What She Had Coming Because She Was The Type That Wanted Attention.

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Woman's Butt Implants Explode While Working Out At Gym

A Boston Woman Went To The Doctor's Wanting A 64-inch Back Side, And Got More Than She Bargained For. Serena Beuford, 27, Of Boston, Massachusetts Was Working Out At A Gym Doing Squats For A Instagram Video For Planet Fitness, When Her "Butt Implants" Exploded. Gym Members Helped Her While The Medical Personnel Arrived. There Was Blood And Fluid All Over The Floor. She Was In Serious Condition, But Survived. Her Friends Said She Got What She Had Coming Because She Was The Type That Wanted Attention.

We found a virtual explosion of butt implant hoaxes starting around 2011, with reports such as:

Variations included "Butt Implants Explode In Man's Hands!" -- trending in 2013, and this from 2014 titled "Fake Butt Implants explode when pigeon person sat down on hot street pavement:"

The tweets usually included links to questionable websites.

This 2016 hoax video copied the details of a purported Boston gym blast from a 2015 article and it used a photo of the purported sidewalk explosion in the 2014 tweet. The 2015 hoax fooled several "mainstream" publishers, including the fashion and lifestyle magazine Cosmopolitan, which published an article titled "Woman in Coma After Her Butt Implants Explode During Squat Routine." When Cosmo editors realized they had goofed, they added this correction:

Update 7/15, 12:45 p.m.: It turns out this story was entirely made up, and it's virtually impossible to have anything like this happen. According to Douglas Steinbrech, a board certified plastic surgeon, "Implants don't pop. They stay in position. It's not like a balloon. If she had a balloon filled with some kind of saline, even if it popped, the fluid still stays there and then it takes hours for the fluid to resorb. It's not like you'd have that immediate deflation." And even if an untrained, uncertified back-alley "surgeon" did manage to put a balloon into someone's body, it would have to somehow break the skin to deflate dramatically. In fact, once implants are in and healed up, Dr. Steinbrech says you'll have full range of movement and even rigorous exercise shouldn't impact the implant.

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Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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