PHOTOS Tamra Barney explains why she had her breast implants removed

Tamra Barney bikini

The Real Housewives of Orange County‘s Tamra Barney announced back in September that she planned to have her breast implants removed, telling Star magazine “Big boobs make you look so much heavier when you’re a small girl. I’m 112 lbs., and I have these D boobs popping out. It’s a stripper look, and I don’t want that!”

Not much of one for bluffing or balking, Tamra did go through with the procedure (as evidenced by the photo above) and now she is getting inundated with people wanting to know more specifics about why. Tamra apparently got a little tired of reading the questions so she took to Facebook in an attempt to answer them once and for all.

Lots of people have been asking me WHY I had my breast implants removed and here is my answer:

I had them removed for several reasons:

1. I live a more active life style now (working out and running) and they really got in the way.

2. I feel at 44 I am finally comfortable in my own skin and I don’t need big ta-tas to make me look better.

3. One of the biggest reasons, I had a scare with breast cancer and I thought it would be better to just have them removed.

I am so happy I did it and will share more about my journey on season 7 that airs February 7 on Bravo.

*** Tamra added later in a comment that she had also had her breasts lifted a bit while having her implants removed, which makes sense given how much the skin stretches with implants.

Here are side-by-side pictures of the old and new Tamra for comparison:

Tamra Barney before and after having her breast implants removed
^ Tamra Barney breast implant removal before and after photos

Let me be the first to say that Tamra looks fandamntastic with her new boobs! Kudos to her for not only having the procedure and talking about it openly and maturely, but also for sharing it on television. Tamra’s a very bright woman and I really look forward to her talking at length on the show about all the negative things that go along with getting huge “stripperish” breast implants. And I hope Eddie is able to chime in from the male perspective as well.

UPDATE – Tamra revealed to Dr. Oz that a cervical cancer diagnosis, and breast lumps also led her to remove her breast implants.

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