Crystal Hefner revealed she almost died during a fat transfer surgery on October 16.
The 34-year-old model and widow of Hugh Hefner said the cosmetic procedure – which she opted to have after removing her implants in 2016 after they poisoned her – almost killed her after she ‘lost half the blood’ in her body.
After a second life-threatening scare Hefner said she now advocates for ‘being natural’ while adding, ‘I thought I would have learned my lesson by now,’ as she discussed beauty standards.
Surgery scare: Crystal Hefner, 34, says she almost died during an October 16 fat transfer surgery after losing half the blood in her body as the widow of Hugh Hefner said ‘I thought I would have learned my lesson by now’
A cautionary tale no doubt, the former playmate penned a lengthy caption about what the unnecessary procedure taught her.
‘I had a fat transfer surgery October 16 and almost didn’t make it through. I lost half the blood in my body and ended up in the hospital needing a blood transfusion.’
‘I’ve been slowly eating my way back to health since then and I am now finally feeling ok. I advocate for being natural since I got very ill and removed my implants and everything else toxic in my body in 2016.’
‘I should have learned my lesson the first time but I guess the universe keeps sending you the same lesson until you learn it. ‘
What fat?: The former playmate opted to have an unnecessary cosmetic procedure which she said made her realize that she is guilty of valuing her worth based solely on physical appearance; pictured April 2020
She continued, ‘Our culture is a trap and makes women feel terrible about themselves. Movies (84.9% directed by men) make it worse. Social media makes it worse. Advertisements make it worse. Physically fake people make it worse (I was one of them).’
‘How our culture defines beauty makes it impossible to keep up with. Women are overly sexualized. I know from the worst kind of experience.’
The playboy model went on to say:
‘For ten years my value was based on how good my physical body looked. I was rewarded and made a living based on my outer appearance. To this day I need to write reminders of why I’m worthy that have nothing to do with my physical appearance to convince myself that I’m enough.’
Hefner continued, ‘I feel sorry for the next generation looking up to people whose looks aren’t even attainable without lots of filters, makeup, or money and women need to stop feeding into it.’
Playmate problems: A model in the public eye, Crystal said ‘Women are overly sexualized. I know from the worst kind of experience,’ as she reflected on her association as a playmate; pictured July 2011
‘This is a huge slap on my own wrist for caving into this pressure, even now in my 30’s – as I thought I would have learned my lesson by now.’
Hefner had her breast implants removed in 2016 after she realized her they were ‘slowly poisoning’ her after more than a year of feeling sick.
Her health problems which included infections, fatigue and days she could not get out of bed, were first diagnosed as Lyme Disease and toxic mold poisoning, before she found a Facebook group about breast implant illness.
‘It took eight years for me to realize I was getting sick from my implants. These implants were wreaking havoc in my body for eight whole years,’ she wrote on her website in September 2018.
Though she does in fact have the lyme disease, she said that the implants only made it harder for her body to fight off the infection.
Foreign matter: Crystal had her breast implants removed in 2016 after she realized they were ‘slowly poisoning her,’ as she talked about an alternative to implants in a 2018 blog post where she mentioned fat transfer; pictured 2014
‘I spoke to my Lyme doctor about my implants and came to the realization that I would never get completely well if I left them in since my immune system was constantly battling the implants and not using its full capacity to fight the Lyme Disease.’
In the same blog post she mentioned the fat transfer procedure as an alternative to implants, which she would come to learn in October 2020 was just as life-threatening.
Crystal married Playboy publisher Hefner in 2012 after three years of dating (she was 26 and he was 86).
Though she called off the engagement after she said she was ‘not turned on by Hef,’ and swiftly put the $90,000 ring up for auction at Christie’s, they reconciled in 2012.
‘Hef loves me more than anybody else in a relationship ever has,’ she said in a 2013 Esquire interview. His third wife, she was with him up until he passed away in 2017.
Partners til the end: The couple married when she was 26 and he was 86, and Crystal was with him until he passed in 2017, despite initially calling off their first engagement; pictured 2014