SUR­GEONS are now spend­ing more time tak­ing out boob im­plants than put­ting them in.

Last year, four times as many women were hav­ing them re­moved on the NHS as hav­ing new ones.

A few years ago boob jobs were boom­ing, with twice as many women hav­ing en­large­ments com­pared with those hav­ing im­plants re­moved.

Ex­perts be­lieve the re­duc­tion in en­large­ment op­er­a­tions is down to an NHS clam­p­down on the pro­ce­dures.

Surgery is now only be­ing granted to those with sig­nif­i­cantly mis­shapen breasts or to women who can prove they are suf­fer­ing se­ri­ous psy­cho­log­i­cal ef­fects.

The num­ber of re­movals has surged partly be­cause the fash­ion for enor­mous false breasts has de­clined.

The scan­dal over French PIP sil­i­cone – where hun­dreds of women had po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous im­plants taken out – also had an ef­fect.

Last year 1,602 women were ad­mit­ted to hospi­tal for breast im­plant re­moval com­pared with 390 want­ing en­large­ment.

Twelve years ago 633 women went in to have im­plants out, while 1,778 were ad­mit­ted for boob boosts.

Many of the re­moval ops will be done by NHS sur­geons on pa­tients who had the orig­i­nal en­large­ment op­er­a­tion car­ried out pri­vately, some­times abroad where the ops have tra­di­tion­ally been cheaper.

Tax­payer-funded cos­metic surgery be­came a po­lit­i­cal is­sue in 2013 when it was re­vealed would-be model Josie Cun­ning­ham had a £5,000 boob job on the NHS to go from 32A to 36DD.

Six months later she wanted them re­duced, say­ing they were so big they were pre­vent­ing her from get­ting mod­el­ling jobs. Celebri­ties such as Katie Price, who had en­large­ments that made her a 32GG, and Vic­to­ria Beck­ham who had a boob job to swell her bust to 34DD, have both un­der­gone re­duc­tion pro­ce­dures in re­cent years.

Gary Ross, a plas­tic sur­geon in Manch­ester, said: “There are more re­movals done in the NHS, mainly due to faulty PIP im­plants, and women go­ing abroad for surgery who then have prob­lems later.”

■ RE­DUCED: Model Katie Price had an op to shrink her boobs

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