The Waves

The Hidden Cost of Breast Implants

The real dangers and science behind breast implants and other cosmetic enhancements.


Episode Notes

On this week’s episode of The Waves, Slate science editor and writer Shannon Palus is joined by freelance science journalist Eleanor Cummins to talk about plastics. Surgery, that is. And all the physical and mental concerns that come with altering your body. They start out by talking about Cummins’ recent piece on the health concerns of breast implants. Then they talk about VIP Syndrome, and how it’s coming for all of us.

In Slate Plus, is breast reduction surgery feminist?


Shannon: Perfect Bars

Eleanor: Cotopaxi gear.

Podcast production by Cheyna Roth with editorial oversight by Shannon Palus and Alicia Montgomery.

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Each week a pair of writers and guests talk through one news story we can’t stop thinking about, and unpack what gender has to do with it.

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